I first discovered HLAA in the 1980's. Back then it was called SHHH(Self Help for Hard of Hearing people). What I found was a local group of people just like me! Yea!! Over the years HLAA has grown and so have I. HLAA taught me how to advocate for my rights and gave me the confidence to become a leader within my HLAA group/Chapter. It made me feel like I wasn't doing this "hearing loss" all by myself. These people "got" me. They helped me learn positive communication strategies and practice using those strategies. HLAA didn't just help me; it prepared me to help others,too. Today I help others overcome the stigma attached to hearing loss by speaking out in public venues and using social media to bring information and hope to others who are struggling with hearing loss. HLAA meetings are still an important part of my life. Just like the very first meeting I attended almost three decades age... they still "get"me.
My experience with HLAA began more than 20 years ago as an audiologist. Throughout these decades, I witnessed many patients evolve from hearing-impaired people relying on others to threat their hearing loss to empowered people self-advocating to live their best hearing life. HLAA plays a key role in this evolution at the individual patient level. In addition to that, HLAA positions itself where it needs to for policy - ranging from local to national levels. They are involved in all the conversations and decisions to ensure that their work is codified into law. It's been my honor and pleasure to work with HLAA's motivated and talented staff.
Kevin Franck PhD MBA CCC-A
HLAA is an organization driven by the mission of helping those with hearing loss. The staff and board members are an incredibly passionate group, dedicated to improving the lives of the hard-of-hearing through groundbreaking, innovative initiatives in the areas of policy, employment, technology and more. I have severe hearing loss and started a company to enhance sound on phone calls and computer for those with hearing loss. I was so inspired by the mission of the HLAA after meeting local chapter groups, interacting with national board members and attending HLAA conferences that I immediately accepted an offer to consider being on the board, knowing it was an opportunity to work with a dedicated group to make a difference in the lives of millions of the hard-of-hearing.
I was a business executive who had to stay up all evening in hotels because I couldn't hear the alarms, phones or even pounding on the door. From my first contact with HLAA at the Chapter level. I have so much gratitude for the education they provide and the people they help especially our Veterans. They help others at the consumer level so good choices can be made and resources used wisely. I have been with HLAA for over 20 years and can speak first hand to the positive impact of helping others to communicate more effectively.
I joined HLAA in 2013 after becoming late deafened at the age 62. I attended my first convention in 2015 and have not missed one since. HLAA is an organization that brings the heard of hearing community together through their chapter meeting, walk4Hearing and their annual conventions. It is through HLAA I truly understood that I am not alone and that their are individuals just like me who struggle each and every day with hearing loss. The annual conventions are filled with information, education, advocacy and building chapters. It is just an amazing experience to see so many individuals who are just like me.
I am a life time Prince Georges County resident, entrepreneur, community advocate, and political activist -- with a passion for service.
Most important, after experiencing loss of her hearing suddenly in 2013 after a vertigo attack and a subsequent one in 2015 I sought cochlear implants which allows me to continue to live in the hearing world. I decided to fight the barriers and discrimination faced by others who experience hearing loss -most often in silence. To that end I discovered the Hearing Loss Association of America and have never looked back. In 2016 I decided to form the Hearing Loss of Association of America (HLAA) Prince Georges County Chapter. Early on I discovered there was so much information and resources available for persons with hearing loss that was not getting to the very community that could benefit from it. Through information provided by HLAA and local chapters I have been able to fulfill the mission to open the world of communication to people with hearing loss by providing information, education, support and advocacy. In this capacity I am most proud of the work she done in collaboration with all of MD Chapters in passing a bill in the 2019 General Assembly session which requires hearing induction loops be installed in public places in which state funds are being used to reconstruction or renovations.
The Chapter continues its efforts in Prince Georges County to educate and change people’s perceptions of persons with hearing loss. The information garnered through HLAA allows me to bring awareness about hearing loss to diverse audiences throughout the metropolitan area by conducting presentations on various topics including on adjusting to your hearing loss, workplace environment, partnering with Emergency Service providers, family & friends and knowing your rights.
I strongly believe if it were not for the support from HLAA I would have suffered in silence.
Veronica Davila Steele, President
HLAA Prince George's County Chapter
Hearing Loss Association of America has really made a big impact of my life with my hearing loss and they are so wonderful and amazing people who loved to help others with hearing loss! I am proud to be part of the HLAA Membership for the last 14 years now! I am so happy that I did join with them 14 years ago and if wasn't for them being around my life wouldn't have better for myself dealing with my own hearing loss growing as a child. I am glad that made the decision to be part of the Hearing Loss Association of America. I am the HLAA Ohio State Chapter Coordinator and HLAA Orrville-Wooster Chapter President and has been amazing journey and I loved helping people with hearing loss and they are not alone! HLAA is a wonderful non profit organization to volunteer your time and my time was never wasted and it was well worth my time volunteering for HLAA!
I have learned so much about my hearing loss through attending the HLAA Chapter Meetings, HLAA National Convention, and through the resources provided through their magazine and website. Before I joined HLAA, I wore one hearing aid thinking I was getting what I needed. Now, I can't live without my two hearing aids, with a telecoil that gives me access in public facilities, bluetooth to connect me to my technology (phone, iPad, etc), and a support network that spans across the country. HLAA incorporates advocacy into the fabric of their organization, from national advocacy on technology and the rights of people with hearing loss, to the local chapters that advocate locally. There is no other consumer organization that does as much as Hearing Loss Association of America. This organization is a best kept secret that everyone needs to know about.
I've been a member of the Hearing Loss Association of America since 2010. Since joining HLAA, I've learned more about understanding hearing loss, increased my social networks, improved my social life including my personal and workplace relationships. HLAA has such a positive impact on my life that leaders inspired me to start a local chapter. With the support of others, HLAA-Essex County was founded in 2015. In addition, HLAA has given me a pathway to lead and help others with hearing loss from ages 4 to senior citizens. I am proud to be part of a nonprofit that has helped me live better with hearing loss. Thank you HLAA!!
This is a great organization! My local chapter offers all sorts of informative meetings, and the national organization is an effective advocate for people with hearing loss.
The Hearing Loss Association of America is governed by a sophisticated Board of Trustees, passionate about helping those with hearing loss. Board governance is is effected by an outstanding administrative staff with years of experience in creating effective programmatic activity that reaches out to a well developed state and local chapter structure, its membership, and the millions upon millions of other Americans with hearing loss. That programmatic activity can extend from individual counseling on hearing loss, raising public awareness on how to deal with and treat hearing loss, and enhancing governmental response to the crisis of untreated hearing loss. It is the nation's primary advocacy organization for those with hearing loss.
The HLAA strives to improve the lives of those with hearing loss through outstanding programs. Those programs are designed to educate on the biological and psychological aspects of hearing loss and appropriate paths to follow to restore communicability in those experiencing this difficulty, to educate on the availability of modern hearing assistive technology, to provide advocacy in the public sphere for those with hearing loss, and to provide outreach via a fully developed and vibrant network of national chapters where those with hearing loss can interact and learn from each other.
Finding HLAA was so important in my hearing loss journey. Meeting other people with hearing loss helped me to battle stigma and learn many tricks and tips to better manage my hearing loss in a variety of situations. I made some wonderful friends and learned to advocate for myself and for other people with hearing loss. HLAA changed my life for the better.
HLAA is a critical resource for persons with hearing loss in multiple ways - it advocates for policies that promote access, including the widespread use of captioning; it advocates for legislation that promotes insurance coverage; its chapters provide support and education. So many individuals who have been touched by HLAA emphasis how important it was to them being able to reengage in life. And it does everything with a small but super dedicated staff!
I am 43 years old i was out for 1 hour shooting guns with my husband in june 2018 and had the foam ear plugs in and when we were done i couldn't hear a sound i went to bed and then was able to hear just a little bit 2 weeks went by and got back half and thats all i tried stroids i teied simple timenothing worked i hav missed like 4 days of work 5 dr visits and now i need to buy a full set of hearing aids just because i spent 1 hr with my husband. Am i going to blame him no me i cant but now i cant hear for the rest of my life. I have 3 grand children to help raise i work 2 jobs im very active. Does hearing aids help when the dr put a test pair on me i cried.i could hear a pen click. It was a miracle.
I was at a high school reunion last summer, having a hard time trying to hear what was going on. I had one ear that could hear with a hearing aid, and one that didn't work. A classmate, Nancy Sonnabend an HLAA board member, talked about her cochlear implant and encouraged me to get evaluated for one. I went to Mayo Clinic for the evaluation, then had the implant done in Chicago late last fall. My CI ear is now the "good ear" and my hearing is dramatically better.
HLAA is the clear leader in advocating for people with hearing loss. Millions of people benefit from the organization’s work to ensure that accommodations are in place so we can live equitably and successfully with our hearing loss. In addition to carrying out its agenda at the national level, HLAA offers opportunities to educate and empower individuals through its network of chapters across the country. I have been a member of HLAA for twelve years and am grateful to have benefited from its wonderful work.
My first connection to HLAA was through its annual Walk4Hearing program. It was a revelation for me to see that there were thousands of others who shared my experience of hearing loss and to feel the support of walking with family, friends, educators, and hearing health professionals.
What is most unique and effective about HLAA is that in addition to providing information and tools to help make hearing loss manageable, it also empowers you to advocate for yourself and millions of others. Working with dedicated and expert staff, HLAA volunteers have accomplished great things in making our communities more accessible.
I urge anyone with a connection to hearing loss to visit HLAA’s website and to join the largest and most effective consumer organization advocating on our behalf.
I was introduced to HLAA by my hearing aid dealer when it was first founded. As a member
for many years, I am always learning new coping techniques, hearing about research and sharing ideas with people who understand my problems. I feel very fortunate to be a part of the HLAA compassionate, caring community!
Although I had had hearing loss for more than 30 years, I knew very little about it until I found HLAA. Through the annual conventions, newsletters, the activities of the local chapter, the website, HLAA has provided me with invaluable information and support that I could not get elsewhere. Because I serve on the board, I see the workings of the organization first hand. Staff and fellow board members are hardworking, creative, and efficient, making the most of available resources. There is no equivalent organization dedicated to the health and welfare of adults with hearing loss, which affects one in five adults, and we are very lucky to have HLAA to keep not only its members but also legislators and community leaders educated and aware of the needs of people with hearing loss.
I have just become a board member of the Hearing Loss Association of America but I have been a member since 2010, and my review is based on my experience as a member.
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.
I first became aware of my hearing loss in 1992. Over the course of the past twenty-six years, my mild loss has progressed to a severe loss. Fortunately, there have been many changes in technology and in public accommodations during that time that have helped offset the effects of my loss. My awareness of these improvements has expanded rapidly in the last two years, as a direct result of my joining HLAA. While attending meetings, I have learned about devices that allow me to converse with my wife in noisy restaurants and to stream audio from airplane movies and tv shows directly to my hearing aids. My ability to enjoy movies and live theater is a direct result of HLAA’s advocacy for the installation of hearing loops in many theaters and concert halls, as well as its advocacy for captioned performances of Broadway shows, and captioning devices at most NYC movie houses. HLAA has also become an important part of my life as a source of support. At meetings, I have made friends who share the challenges of hearing loss.
Finding HLAA has been a blessing. It has enabled me to connect with others who share the same struggles with hearing loss. The friendships I have made are an important part of my life. HLAA has taught me about the importance of advocating for the needs of people with hearing loss. I am a board member of both an HLAA chapter and a state organization.
HLAA is the gold standard organization for people with hearing loss who are seeking information, support, and advocacy. Fueled by the contributions of a committed, creative staff and a network of volunteers, HLAA has become the go-to resource for hearing loss patients and their families.
Hearing loss runs in my family, and the compromises that it inflicted on people I love had a painful impact on our ability to enjoy each other and live with well being. HLAA is the single most important resource that I've uncovered in over 30 years of searching for better ways to manage. I give HLAA the very highest recommendation and would urge any person struggling with hearing loss - either first hand or because a loved one is affected - to join the national organization and to find a local chapter.
When I first lost my hearing, isolation set it. I looked for a support group since I was sure I was the only one with hearing loss. After being warmly greeted at my first meeting, I joined 10 others to discuss coping skills for eating out in a restaurant. I was not alone! And I developed sweet friendships with others who wanted to know more about hearing loss - and who also enjoyed dining out - and able to do so comfortably!
Regular chapter meetings gave me the confidence I needed to confront my hearing loss. I learned how we do hear, what can go wrong with our hearing, and what to look for in a hearing loss professional. We enjoyed camaraderie as we discussed coping skills is a myriad of noisy situations Most importantly, we learned to advocate for ourselves and others with hearing loss.
Reaching out to others to educate and support them is key to nurturing self-esteem and confidence. HLAA sponsors yearly national conventions to showcase the latest research and assistive devices to the 48 million Americans with hearing loss. As a 501 (3)(c) organization, HLAA's low-cost, but high-in-value membership also includes bi-monthly issues of HEARING LIFE magazine. This informative and award-winning magazine in itself is worth more than the low annual membership fee. A small, but highly dedicated and efficient staff, leads a motivated corp of volunteers across the country to reach out and help those with hearing loss.
The Hearing Loss Association of Amerca (HLAA) is a top-notch organization with national scope, but local and individual attention. I give them 10 stars!
Our HLAAG(HLAA Augusta Ga.) has just been declared inactive/dormant. The funds of $3,000+ that HLAAG had earmarked for scholarships for needy children to send to Camp Juliena has been closed out and sent to National. None of that money could be allocated to send the children to Camp Juliena as we have done in the last few years as well as sending monetary donations.
Last year HLAAG had sponsored 4 children to attend camp. I had looked forward to sending more to Camp Juliena this year. When I approached HLAAG's treasurer, I was told that our chapter has been declared inactive by State Director of Ga HLAA - a State Officer. Our pleas to Mr. _____ to have the monies returned fell on deaf ears so now we are up against a hard deadline, only a few weeks away, to try to find money to send these kids to camp. If this is the kind of "leadership" HLAA National supports then we want no part of this organisation
The HLAA-Augusta Chapter was declared inactive because they did not meet the obligations of an HLAA Chapter after repeated attempts to help them do so. As part of the fiduciary responsibility of HLAA, since there are no officers or active HLAA National members in leadership of the HLAA-Augusta Chapter, the national organization suspended their status and, according to policy, is holding the chapter funds in escrow until they can reform the chapter or start a new one in the same area. At that point, when a proper HLAA Chapter governing board is established and when they hold regular meetings, they will receive the money to resume HLAA Chapter status and fulfill the HLAA mission in the community. HLAA has also offered to honor the commitment to Camp Juliena by sending a check for scholarships. There has been no response from the people in Augusta who committed donors’ money to Camp Juliena.
I was in my 20's when I reluctantly received my 1st pair of hearing aids. I found an HLAA (Formerly Self Help For Hard Of Hearing) magazine in the Audioligist's office. I was feeling ambivalent about wearing hearing aids and was convinced that only old people wore them. The articles I read in the HLAA monthly magazine gave me hope, I finally found people who understood my invisible condition. The hearing aids took some time to get used to and HLAA advised me what I should expect. I also learned that nothing was going to restore my hearing to normal. The improvement I noticed with my hearing aids was remarkable. I could really hear again. I joined HLAA and went to a few conventions. I have never regretted any involvement with HLAA. The organization really cares about hearing impairment by providing resources, guidance and education. I am now in my 60's and still work in the Information Technology field that I almost gave up because I could not hear. I owe a debt of gratitude to HLAA and could never give back what they have given to me. Thank you to everyone in Bethesda, MD that keep HLAA avaialable to all.
When I was 42 years old I experienced a sudden hearing loss that catapulted me from better than normal hearing to wearing 2 hearing aids to help my now profound hearing loss. I knew no one with hearing loss or that wore a hearing aid. Learning about HLAA and attending local meetings was a turning point for me. I found that I was not the only person with this bizarre unpleasant condition, I found people that would discuss what things helped them and how to find them, I continued to learn more at each meeting, event, and even national conventions. I look forward to reading their "Hearing Loss Magazine" and to things posted online. I was no longer the only one I knew with hearing loss.
I used to live in a large metro area where my friends were active members of HLAA. Now I live in a smaller town without an active HLAA chapter. I'm working hard to educate others on what HLAA has to offer. Past HLAA conventions have given me the power and passion to continue what I no longer have, but working hard to achieve it.
As a hearing impaired person since birth and founder of Lessersound (I was born in to a world of lesser sound and did not get hearing aids until I was 26). Since then I have become a hearing advocate and learned of HLAA. The way I would describe it is as Hemmingway once wrote about the need for a "clean well lighted place" which I construe as a place of refuge from the dark, dreary and hostile world outside; HLAA provides outreach, comfort, support, education, advocacy and guidance for those of us H-I-P (Hearing Impaired People) who desperately need what HLAA offers . Figuratively a shoulder to cry on, a warm hug for those in the hearing dark and an understanding and empathy for we who are a part of my lessersound world (and large family) and the families and loved ones who care, as HLAA does for the many. Wayne Lewis Lesser founder lessersound, and creator of lessersoundapp. com.
Although I appreciate the intent of making hearing aids more accessible and affordable, I'm saddened by the HLAAs support of OTC hearing aids. Here's why. 1) They're already available at Walmart, Rite Aid, the internet and in magazines. This legislation simply paves the way for the big corporations (Samsung, and Bose) backing this legislation to jump into a new lucrative market 2) The cost and technology of OTC aids will be the same as hearing aids already available from professional hearing aid specialists and audiologists (granted some providers never inform or offer the lower cost devices to their clients to increase their profits). People will actually be paying the same price for hearing aids but won't get the professional fitting and follow-up that dramatically increases their chances of success and satisfaction. 3) Most HLAA members have severe to profound hearing losses that can ONLY be treated effectively by professionals, so this legislation will have virtually no benefit to the vast majority of HLAA membership. 4) Most HLAA members I have spoken to in Oregon Do NOT support this legislation because they've experienced the benefits of receiving professional testing, consultation, fitting, and often quarterly follow-up for the many years they use their devices.
A superb organization providing information & support to persons living with hearing loss, including coping strategies, information on rapidly developing assistive technology and advocacy services. Help is providing through an excellent magazine, informational programs, captioned webinars, chat rooms, programs sponsored by local chapters, discounts on phones and assistive listening devices, etc.
I suffered sudden deafness in my left ear on 8/5/08. HLAA has helped me through the national, state and local chapter to understand my disability. The HLAA magazine is very informative. The local monthly chapter meetings allow me to interact and learn from other hearing impaired people. I highly recommend HLAA for knowledge, research updates, advocacy and so much more regarding hearing loss issues.
HLAA is the organization to go to for much needed information on hearing loss. It is the only resource for questions you might have about dealing with your hearing loss. From coping skills to the latest technology to peer support .the association is the most knowledgeable and informative . I can say without hesitation that this group of dedicated people with hearing loss have made a significant difference in my life with the service and information that they provide.
There are a lot of dedicated staff at the national and local levels. My life has changed for the better in the 5 years that I've been involved.
When I joined HLAA in 1995 I was working full time, but struggling with communication issues during meetings. I had volume control on my phone, but knew nothing about any other assistive listening devices. HLAA provided the information I needed to remain employed and so much more. Thank you, HLAA!!!
I became aware of HLAA and the local Colorado Springs Chapter as a member of Sertoma, Inc. SERTOMA has a partnership arrangement with HLAA because of our common mission of extending services to the hearing impaired and promoting hearing health. For the past two and one half years I have been a member HLAA. I can honestly say that through the interaction with the local chapter members and leadership plus reading the Hearing Loss magazine my knowledge has increased exponentially.