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Hearing Loss Association of America
February 22, 2011

Serving on the Board of HLAA was a rewarding experience that allowed me to meet a wonderful, diverse group of people that had a shared commitment to improving the lives of those with hearing loss.

HLAA has a very active advocacy program that works tirelessly to ensure access to a variety of programs and benefits for those with hearing loss, such as captions in theaters, hearing aid compatible cell phones and providing caption for online content.

I've expanded my circle of friends through my work on the Board of HLAA, and while I no longer serve on the Board, the friends I've made will be lifelong. Now as a member of HLAA, I garner the benefits of its work, including the most up-to-date information on accessibility and how emerging technology affects the lives of those with hearing loss. HLAA has been a wonderful resource for me and the people that work with it, both its staff and vast volunteer corps, are dedicated, professional and extremely knowledgeable.

It's quite simply, a great group of people doing excellent work.

The Great!

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

. . .obtaining my cochlear implant. HLAA provided me with a incredible array of information on how to get an implant, the insurance coverage, what to expect, questions to ask my audiologists, etc. Once I had my surgery, I had a wonderful group of people to cheer me on and provide me with support. It was like having an instant support group.

Ways to make it better...

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

. . .expand its advocacy efforts but I realize this is a question of funding. I know HLAA has big goals and works tirelessly to keep moving forward on those goals. It's just a matter of utilizing its resources in the best way and this is something that the organization does very well.

MY ROLE:
Board Member & I served on the Board of Trustees.

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