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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Hearing Loss Association cancels March meeting

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The Hearing Loss Association of America Central Oklahoma Chapter (HLAA) has canceled its March meeting to help combat the spread of the coronavirus.

“Our members' health is our biggest priority right now,” said Ron Hendricks, program chair. “Many of our members are in the high-risk age range and we want to encourage social distancing.”

The board made the decision on Friday morning and sent an email to all members, as well as Oklahoma audiologists. The message included basic protective measures against the virus from the World Health Organization. The tips included instructions such as hand washing and social distancing, as well as the reasons why it could help.

"We do not know everything about this virus, yet, but we do know our seniors are among the most vulnerable," said Chair Ana Covey.

The HLAA volunteers also operate the Faye Donaldson Hearing Helper Room, which is in the Integris Senior Wellness offices, 5100 N Brookline. The Hearing Helper room is closed, as well, until further notice. For more information, go to or the Facebook page @oklahearingloss.