I have had hearing loss since 1980, which got progressively worse until by 2009 it had deteriorated to the extent that I was profoundly deaf in one ear and close to it in the other.
I left my long time job as a journalist at the end of that year, and suddenly found myself without hearing, without a job, and really without any sense of what kind of life was open to me.
I had not heard of HLAA until March of 2010. I signed up to go to the Annual Convention, just to see what it offered. I was amazed by the resources discussed at the convention, by the expert advice offered, by the advocacy for people like me. I became an active member of the national organization and then of the Manhattan chapter, where I met many others with hearing loss like mine.
Joining HLAA literally restored my life, and gave me the confidence to figure out how to live productively with hearing loss.
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I would love to see more younger people in the organization. Hearing loss is stigmatized as a condition of aging (even though more than 55 percent of those with hearing loss are under the age of 60). I wish HLAA had the funding to publicize how widespread hearing loss is, how damaging it is not to treat it, and to encourage people of all ages with hearing loss to come out about their condition.
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