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HEARING LOSS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA INC
May 26, 2011

Eight years ago I was working for a hearing instrument specialist and learned that I myself had a significant hearing loss. I got my first pair of hearing aids (at age 55) and it changed my life. I would love to share with you what a huge difference it makes to actually hear what's going on around you and understand what others are saying, but I want to tell you about the Hearing Loss Association of America, Whatcom County.

In the summer of 2004, our office received a flyer announcing the start-up of a group that was then called "Self Help for the Hard of Hearing". I attended the first meeting and have been a volunteer ever since. Our mission is to open the world of communication to people with hearing loss, providing information, education, support and advocacy.

Not only have the presentations at monthly meetings helped me understand and cope with my hearing loss, but I have been able to share knowledge I gained working with the hard of hearing. It is so rewarding to be able to guide people to a better quality of life, have a voice in hearing loss issues, and be with others who share and understand each other's difficulties in a hearing world.

I have been privileged to volunteer with some extremely dedicated individuals who have worked tirelessly for many years on issues related to hearing loss and, in particular, hearing accessibility.

I'd also like everyone to know that the Hearing Loss Association of America is not just for those who have a hearing loss. It's also for those who want to learn about relating to the hearing impaired.

This year we have stepped-up our outreach efforts and are beginning to see some increase in the community's awareness about this "hidden disability". I'm the big dreamer of the group and look forward to our little corner of the world becoming an example understanding and accessibility for other communities.

Come and see what we have to offer. It's a magical experience.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Helping myself and others to improve our quality of life. Been able to help others find financial help to purchase hearing aids.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I'd like to see more young people (under the age of 60) join us.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I have served as vice president and treasurer. But for the most part I'm the go-to gal. I put together and distribute the newsletter, do all sorts of graphic work (brochures, rack cards, banners, stationary, etc.) I also organize a silent auctions and par.