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December 31, 2004

Conference on Hearing Loss in Orange County to Cover Variety of Issues

From: (press release) - Dec 31, 2004

Statewide conference on hearing loss issues in Buena Park, CA Feb. 18-20 sponsored by the Californa associationof SHHH-Self Help for Hard of Hearing people.

i-Newswire, 2004-12-31 - The for the state convention of SHHH- Self Help for Hard of Hearing people, February 18-20 at Radisson Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, Orange County, CA. Co-sponsor is the Cochlear Implant Association (CIAI). January 10 is the early bird registration deadline but registrations will be accepted through February 18, space permitting.

Twelve informative and uplifting workshops aimed at both those who are hard of hearing and hearing loved ones and professionals, will cover hearing loss coping and communication skills, grassroots advocacy, cochlear implants in children and adults, hearing dogs, disaster preparedness and humor. Exhibiters will display and demonstrate the newest hearing assistance technology.

Heather Whitestone McCallum, 1995 Miss America, will be the Saturday banquet speaker on "Anything is Possible". Deaf since infancy, Heather was the first woman with a disability crowned Miss America. She has since received a cochlear implant to hear.

Other speakers will include Dr. John House, president of the House Ear Institute in Los Angeles, Dr.Terry Portis, executive director of SHHH, from national headquarters in Maryland and Miss Orange County, Jayna Altman, who is a hard of hearing college student aiming for a career in audiology.

The fees: National SHHH members $100 until January 10 and others $125 (includes 1 yr. SHHH Membership). After that date fees will be an additional $25. Saturday only attendance is $75 (includes the luncheon). Students with valid ID will be $35. Includes Friday night welcome reception. Saturday luncheon and Sunday morning breakfast meetings. Questions about registration go to: Ellen Mathis, 63 St. Joseph Ave., Long Beach, CA 90603-3158 or via email to e-mail protected from spam bots.

The conference hotel is the Radisson Knott's Berry Farm at 7975 Crescent Ave., Buena Park, CA. The conference rate of $109 per night until Jan. 17 for single/double, which includes free parking. Mention SHHH to receive the conference discount. Paid shuttle service is available from either LAX or Orange County (Santa Ana) airports. Shuttle is about $15 or $40 for a taxi. Register by phone: (800) 333-3333 or via web:

For more information visit the SHHH-CA web site: or contact Delia Itanen, conference chair at: e-mail protected from spam bots or CA State President Sandi Streeter at e-mail protected from spam bots.

Contact: Laine Waggoner. Hearing loss Education And Relationships Palm Springs, CA

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