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Hearing Loss Association of America-Diablo Valley Chapter

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Citizen Participation, Health, Health Support

Mission: learn how to live well with hearing loss. We provide information, education, support and advocacy for people with hearing loss their families and friends in Contra Costa County, CA.

Results: Host monthly meeting on topics related to hearing loss. Distributes information about hearing loss throughout Contra Costa County. Advocates for effective communication—got captions for CalShakes and Berkeley Rep; library access. Host information booths at a wide variety of venues in Contra Costa County.

Target demographics: people with hearing loss

Geographic areas served: Contra Costa County

Programs: Education about Hearing loss education and rehabilitation, Connects people to local community resources, Safety education, Emergency; fire & carbon monoxide . Effective communication advocacy for people with hearing loss.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

This HLAA chapter has been a life saver for me. Before I joined, I felt so isolated from people because I'd gradually given up situations where my hearing loss affected my ability to communicate. Because of the group, I've learned how to get my audiologist to help me more. I know so much more about all kinds of hearing assisted devices besides my hearing aids. I've learned to be a better advocate for myself in getting the help I need in various situations. I'm enjoying my life again! Plus, the other members are so helpful and encouraging. Thanks to everyone at the Diablo Valley Chapter of HLAA!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

HLAA-DV has spent its time making life better for people with hearing loss through its mission statement.

Not only does the chapter do advocacy work in the community, like making public venues accessible for people with hearing loss, but they also work with individuals teaching them how to self-advocate.

They also attend outreach events, distributing information and sharing their experiences with interested attendees.

It’s startling that so many organizations that work with seniors do not have a foundation on how to address the problems people with hearing loss encounter on a daily basis. HLAA-DV’s participation in many of these events have educated the attendees and also the organizers.

Although I do not have a hearing loss, I live with hearing loss daily. What I have learned from this organization is invaluable in my everyday life, and there is no better feeling than the high I get when I get the opportunity to share some of what I have learned with someone and make their life better.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The HLAA-Diablo Valley Chapter and Ann Thomas, President, have been the most helpful in assisting me and other hard of hearing individuals into the 21st century of hearing aid technology. The organization has put on informative meetings with outstanding speakers as well as providing personal assistance in using hearing devices, promoting the ADA laws, and advocating for the hard of hearing.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am losing my hearing and found a terrific nonprofit: Hearing Loss Association, Diablo Valley
Chapter. This group. led by the dynamic Ann Thomas, helped provide me with much needed information about hearing loss and helped me understand new technology which makes
the hearing world more accessible. And on top of all that, HLAA-DV provides a place to connect with other people who understand the crushing loneliness of hearing loss. At meetings I've received encouragement and opportunities to reach out to others and participate in community events. I can't say enough about this organization that has helped change my life and I know other people who attend feel the same way.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I joined HLAA-DV a few years after I started wearing hearing aids in both ears. I was discouraged and depressed about my situation. Through HLAA-DV I found hope, encouragement and comaraderie. The monthly meetings are fun and informative. As a member I also receive the California and the National newsletters/magazines, which I thoroughly enjoy. HLAA-DV also does a fantastic job of reaching out to the community! It is a most vital organization!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have gradual hearing loss over the course of 30 years. I had to leave my job because of it. I came to HLAA seeking a support group to cope with the effects of this loss. I found a group of people who have had similar experiences. A group of warm, supporting and capable individuals who are both a resource and an inspiration. Their leader works tirelessly to promote the needs of hearing loss individuals throughout the community.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I joined HLAA-DVC looking for support and information on purchasing hearing aids. What I received was more than what one would expect. Members offered advise and concerns with a few different devices. The advocacy for those that have hearing issues was tremendous.
1) Outreach too BART for inclusion of hearing help on trains and at stations was done.
2) Help in going too a meeting in Livermore to get the City Council to provide the latest technology in helping attendees too be able too hear what was taking place
3) Getting members as a group to attend Lip Reading classes and the advocating for group practices.
All in all a Great Experience with people that care about others. Will be a life long member.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I joined the Diablo Valley Chapter, I was hard of hearing and my ability to hear was continuing to degrade. I knew little about hearing loss and support entities until I joined the chapter. It was through my membership with HLAA-DVC that I learned about the Telecoil feature and other ancillary equipment. Even information regarding Cochlear Implants. I would not have known about the CI had I not been a part of this group. I've had my CI for one year and will always be grateful to the group and to Ann Thomas, President of the HLAA-DV chapter for support and encouragement.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I lost my hearing in 2000, got a cochlear implant in 2005 and moved to the Bay Area from New York in 2006. Neither my family nor the few people I knew in California had any hearing loss. I needed friends. I joined HLAA-DV
and found a new life, deaf. Friendly, welcoming people, relevant and interesting programs and a director who takes personal interest in the woes and joys of all the members.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Hearing Loss Association of America - Diablo Valley Chapter is a wonderful organization! It helped me learn how to live well with a disabling disorder, hearing loss. I would have been a completely different person if I had not joined this group.

They host monthly meetings with topics pertinent to hearing loss like, new technologies, how to talk on the telephone, free resources like the CA Telephone Access Program and how to advocate for ADA mandated help for communication access to attend events; at hospitals, doctors office and dentist; presentations at the library; for workshops and educational programs.

All of the meetings are fully accessible. They are captioned (CART), have a hearing loop and American Sign language on request.