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Hearing Loss Association of America
February 15, 2011

SHHH/HLAA has been my lifesaver. I began losing my hearing at the age of 10 and until I found the organization some 40 years later I never knew anyone with hearing loss, saw no published information about it, had no encouragement from family, friends or doctors. At my first SHHH meeting I was welcomed with open arms by so many others with my same problems and concerns. I learned confidence as well as coping mechanisms -- and answers to questions I was afraid to ask. I had struggled through school and many years of working, but with my newfound knowledge I was able to face reality and understand that my life was truly worth living and that helping others in the same situation would be my best response to the help I had gotten. And we have to get the word out to the general public: hearing loss is a major concern -- HLAA is doing a fantastic job of educating and advocating.

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Attending the annual national convention is always enlightening and heart-warming. It is a wonderful extension of the local chapter activities.

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MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I am a member of the local chapter Planning Committee and have been the chapter's secretary for many years. And as the Downstate NY coordinator I am the phone contact for all types of inquiries about coping with hearing loss.

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