Date/ Day/ Location/ Time/ Registration #/ Instructor
Apr 5/ Thursday/ Okla. City/ 9 am – 3:30 pm/ 951-2277/ Varacchi
Integris 3rd Age Life Center – 5100 N. Brookline, Suite 100
Apr 7/ Saturday/ Midwest City/ 9 am – 3:30 pm/ 473-9239/ Williams
First Christian Church – 11950 E. Reno Ave.
Apr 10/ Tuesday/ Yukon/ 9 am – 3:30 pm/ 350-7680/ Kruck
Dale Robertson Center – 1200 Lakeshore Dr.
Apr 13/ Friday/ Okla. City/ 9 am – 3:30 pm/ 951-2277/ Edwards
S.W. Medical Center – 4200 S. Douglas, Suite B-10
Apr 14/ Saturday/ Chandler/ 9 am – 3:30 pm/ 834-2348/ Brase
First United Methodist Church – 122 West 10th Street
May 3/ Thursday/ Okla. City/ 9 am – 3:30 pm/ 951-2277/ Varacchi
Integris 3rd Age Life Center – 5100 N. Brookline, Suite 100
May 8/ Tuesday/ Norman/ 9 am – 3:30 pm/ 307-3170/ Palinsky
Norman Regional Hospital – 901 N. Porter Ave.
May 11/ Friday/ Okla. City/ 9 am – 3:30 pm/ 951-2277/ Edwards
S.W. Medical Center – 4200 S. Douglas, Suite B-10
May 15/ Tuesday/ Midwest City/ 9 am – 3:30 pm/ 691-4091/ Palinsky
Rose State Conventional Learning Center – 6191 Tinker Diagonol
Gordon Cooper Tech. Center – One John C. Burton Blvd.
The prices for the classes are: $15 for AARP members and $20 for Non-AARP. Call John Palinsky, zone coordinator for the Oklahoma City area at 405-691-4091 or send mail to: johnpalinsky@sbcglobal.net

Eliza Chakravarty, M.D., in the clinic.
The flu shot is still your best defense against the virus.


This year’s flu season proved to be one of the worst in decades, and new evidence shows it isn’t over yet.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning this week that a new strain of flu is making a push in the U.S.
Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation immunologist Eliza Chakravarty, M.D., said the predominant strain for this season’s outbreak has been influenza A, specifically H3N2. Cases of this strain of flu are now on the decline. But flu cases involving another strain—influenza B—appear to be surging.
“Flu season is generally winding down, but we aren’t in the clear, and people need to remain vigilant in protecting themselves and their families, especially young children,” said Chakravarty. “Influenza B can be just as serious as influenza A, and it has been known to be severe in young children.”
Even though this year’s flu shot proved largely ineffective against H3N2, it does appear to be far more effective in preventing influenza B. This means getting a flu shot is still your best possible defense against contracting the virus.
“It is actually possible to get sick with multiple strains of the flu during a single season,” said Chakravarty. “The flu is miserable. Don’t go through it if you don’t have to, especially twice.”
From Sept. 1 through March 17, the Oklahoma State Department of Health reports 242 flu-related deaths in the state, as well as more than 4,450 hospitalizations.
“If you can physically get the flu shot, do it, even this late into the flu season,” she said. “This virus is deadly. You will not get the flu from the shot; that is a myth that needs to be eliminated. The shot can save your life or the life of someone you love.”

by Ron Hendricks

Oklahoma City is becoming a Hearing City in 2018. The Civic Center officially “cut the ribbon” to the newly installed Hearing LOOP on February 26. The hearing loop system is hard wired into the auditorium and will transmit sound directly into a hearing aid or Cochlear implant with a “T” coil. The LOOP is actually a wire that is installed on each floor, all of the box seats, the concession stands, and the box office too. Ana Covey, representative of the Assist2Hear, who installed the LOOP said, “This is just so exciting because they (the Civic Center) specifically put this hearing loop in to invite the hearing loss community back to the theater and to experience the arts.”
Prior to the formal opening several individuals were invited to events. Some of their comments: Shari Richard said, “ I attended The Nutcracker… The new loop system made my listening experience so much more enjoyable. The music was richer and clearer with my t-coil using the loop than it was with my CI processor alone.” Fannae’ Homer Shields reported that, “ …the music was awesome, as my T-coil picked up some high light sounds. I didn’t experience any disconnect nor any static coming from the looping wiring. I totally enjoyed the show and all the music!” Nancy Landrum said, “… the music was so much richer and fuller with the telecoils. I could hear the individual instruments, the bow slide across the violin strings, and the bells! Ah, the bells. I could hear them so distinctly.”
Hearing Loss Association of America Central Oklahoma Chapter is proud of our member and Assist2Hear’s Ana Cover and the excitement she brings to every project with which she is associated. Assist2Hear provides hearing solutions for the hearing impaired in large venues and churches throughout the Oklahoma — indeed, anyplace where people gather. Ana states, “We are committed to helping people hear better and live better.” And that is the purpose of Central Oklahoma Chapter of HLAA too.
You can join Central Oklahoma Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America and Ana Covey and become a part of the “Oklahoma City Hearing Loop Initiative.” After all, it is an ADA requirement, that facilities offering public access where sound is integral to the space, must offer hearing assistance to those who need it and the hearing loop is by far, the user-preferred system. Ana Covey, Sales Rep. and Marketing Director can be contacted at (405) 640-5152 for a free presentation and site visit to churches, community centers, civic buildings, performance arts centers and more. Or contact Central Oklahoma Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America. (405) 717-9820 or visit our website, OKCHearingLoss.org