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Category: Assistive Devices

Special looping presentation by Thomas Kaufmann

Thomas Kaufmann will be giving a special presentation “Looping Our Communities–What can we learn from the Santa Barbara Project” at ALOHA on Tuesday, April 4th from 2:30 – 3:30 pm

          Thomas Kaufmann, hearing loop expert, physicist, and founder of Otojoy, will be presenting the fundamentals of how a hearing loop works and where the loop systems can and should be used.  He will also report about the successes of the Loop Santa Barbara campaign and how to duplicate it in other communities.  That campaign was responsible for installation of 60 loops in four years. 

          Tom will explain the differences between perimeter loops like we have at ALOHA and phased array loops required in many larger and more complex settings. He will be sharing information on ear buds with telecoils which allow people without hearing aids, including people with normal hearing, to enjoy the benefits of the loop without a cumbersome head set.  Tom is the developer of

This special 2:30 pm presentation will follow the regularly scheduled 1:00 pm Peer Support Group.  We hope you can attend!  (ALOHA, 4001 E. Fort Lowell)

Oro Valley Education Seminar – Lou Touchette & Pocketalkers!!


Oro Valley Education Seminar – 

Lou Touchette & Pocketalkers!!


Join us in Oro Valley on Thursday, February 9th from 2:00 – 3:00 for Lou Touchette’s presentation “The Pocketalker and its Many Uses.”  The pocketalker is one of the most asked about assistive listening device so don’t miss this opportunity to learn how they work and try it firsthand. 

The Oro Valley meetings are held at the Santa Catalina Catholic Church in the Cholla & Ocotillo meeting rooms located at 14380 N. Oracle Road.              

Should you have any questions, please contact this group’s coordinator, Joan Eddy,

This presentation will be in lieu of the regularly scheduled peer support group meeting.  The meeting rooms are equipped with an induction loop system.  You do not need to be an ALOHA member to attend this free educational seminar. 

We hope to see you in Oro Valley on February 9th!



Green Valley Support Group & Seminar Feb. 6th

Judy Esbit of CaptionCall will be attending the Green Valley Peer Support Group meeting on Monday, February 6th from 10:00 – 12:00 pm at the La Posada Recreation Building. 

The first half of the meeting will be a peer support group and then Judy will share how you can have better phone conversations with your loved ones by utilizing captioning on a telephone and iPad.  How does captioning work?  Why are the phones free?  Who qualifies to receive one?  Get answers to these questions and more!

Judy has a Bachelor degree in Business Marketing from Skidmore College in NY and has traveled with the esteemed group Up with People.  Judy and her family love Arizona hiking with their pup Moose, skiing, and the fine arts.

Note:  ALOHA does not sell or endorse any product; however, we do offer informative presentations that educate people on the technology available to improve the lives of those with hearing loss.

Please feel free to contact ALOHA with any questions.  See you in Green Valley on February 6th at 10:00am!

Save the date! Our Third Tuesday (October 18th) Guest Speaker will be Heidi Lervik, MA, CRC from the Arizona Technology Access Program (AzTAP).


Save the date! Our Third Tuesday (October 18th) Guest Speaker will be Heidi Lervik, MA, CRC from the Arizona Technology Access Program (AzTAP).

People with disabilities, their family members and service providers often struggle to know what type of assistive technology will help them in their everyday lives.  Many people purchase expensive equipment which is often unused or abandoned.   The Arizona Technology Access program (AzTAP) aims to address these issues by providing resources, demonstrations and complimentary loaner equipment.

Join us at ALOHA on Tuesday, October 18th, and learn how AzTAP can help you or someone you care about.  This presentation will be primarily focused on people with hearing loss; however, an overview of AzTAP services will be presented and Heidi will be available to answer your questions after the presentation.


Can’t make it Tuesday, October 18th at 1:00 pm? No problem.  Heidi will be presenting at the 7:00 pm meeting that day too!  We hope to see you there.


Heidi L. Lervik is an Assistive Technology Specialist for the Arizona Technology Access Program (AzTAP) who has many years of experience working with individuals with various disabilities. Heidi spent 20 years working for Rehabilitation Services Administration and the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing. She also worked for seven years at Cochlear Americas, first as an Outreach Specialist and then a Surgical Representative. Her education includes Bachelor degrees in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of Arizona. She is also a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor from the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC). Heidi joined the AzTAP team in September 2015.

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