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Hearing Loss Association of America
February 27, 2011

When I first learned about HLAA (then SHHH) in 1995 I had already been struggling with my hearing loss for 30 years. I was amazed to find an organization that not only understood the many problems that hearing loss presents, but welcomed me and offered solutions to those problems. I joined the organization initially as a chapter member, but soon became involved in the state level, representing hard of hearing people on advisory boards. I also soon learned to overcome my initial nervousness in public speaking and shared my learnings with others who could benefit from the information. As my hearing continued to deteriorate I found the courage to have cochlear implant surgery after talking to HLAA members who had benefitted from the procedure.

The Great!

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

helping hard of hearing people learn to live with their disability and participate fully in life.

Ways to make it better...

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

add staff to enableHLAA to better fulfill its mission of advocacy and support.

MY ROLE:
Board Member & I served as president of my local chapter in PA for 6 years and am the current news editor of the chapter. I am currently the state co-director of the PA state office and a member of the Board of Trustees of HLAA.