By Ron Hendricks

Gallons of ice cream — chocolate, strawberry, black walnut, my favorite — were consumed by Central Oklahoma Chapter of Hearing Loss Association of America (COCHLAA) members and guests on Saturday at the annual Ice Cream Social. This is the un-official kick off of the chapter’s new year. New chapter officers were available, speakers for the fall meetings announced and meeting programs discussed, a history of COCHLAA’s first 28 years was read, and the invitation issued to attend the open house to celebrate Hearing Helpers Room’s 20th anniversary. The highlight of the event, introduction of the two scholarship recipients and door prize winners of the GN Resound hearing aids and the Home Loop System. Jessica James Huddleston and Lauren Lewis are the our 2018 scholarship winners. Sharon Howard & Sylvia Frank are both long time members of COCHLAA won the Door Prizes. Sharon, won a set of GN Resound hearing aids complete with initial and follow up audiologists visits given by Hearts4Hearing. Sylvia will be happy to have a Hearing Loop installed in her home by Assist2Hear. This will make Sylvia the first person in Oklahoma to have a Hearing Loop installed in her home but she joins many well known Loop owners like Civic Center, Nichols Hills City council chamber, St Eugene church and the Rodeo Opera Theatre to name a few. Listen for more to come.
COCHLAA begins the 29th year of service to Oklahomans who have hearing loss with two meetings monthly AND the Hearing Helpers Room. The night group meets every second Monday at 6:30 – 8PM and the day group’s meetings are held on the third Thursday, 1- 2:30PM. All meetings are free and open to the public and held at the Lakeside United Methodist Church 2925 NW 66. Hearing Helper’s Room is open week days 10-3 at 5100 N Brookline, Suite 100. Visit our website for more information