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Hearing Loss Association of America

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Causes: Civil Rights, Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, Ear & Throat Diseases, Education, Health, Health Care

Mission: The Mission of HLAA is to open the world of communication to people with hearing loss by providing information, education, support and advocacy. HLAA is the nation’s leading organization representing people with hearing loss. Hearing loss is the third largest public health issue after heart disease and arthritis. 48 million (20 percent) Americans have some degree of hearing loss.


Held annually, the HLAA convention is completely hearing accessible to people with hearing loss. A wide-range of up-to-date information is made available to attendees and hearing health professionals through educational workshops that are eligible for CEUS, a research symposium, and a large trade show exhibiting the latest hearing assistive technology.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 4

As someone who with a lifelong hearing loss, I support HLAA because of their advocacy for people with hearing loss. I also find their magazine and e-newsletters to be very useful and informative.


Rating: 5

I have 15 year old child who was diagnosis at birth with severe hearing loss. HLAA is an awesome organization and has a tremendous impact and wealth of information to help people learn and cope with living with hearing loss. Helped me and and my child in many ways at the early stages and through the years. There fundraising events like Walk4hearing to help spread awareness, we are actively involved every year. We walk proudly and raise funds to help this awesome organization continue to help others.


Rating: 5

HLAA, formally SHHH, is a premeir hearing loss association for helping those with hearing loss to connect, educate, advocate and seek legislation in support of accommadating persons with hearing loss. In my wife's case she was able to get the best available hearing assistive devices along her journey toward total deafness by learning about the different companies and technologies. Her deafness was overcome with bi-lateral cochlear implants. The national organization and local chapters provide the needed support for those with all degrees of hearing loss. Also, the social interaction provided in this group helps HOH people to improve their social skills and to be more open to their enviroment thereby improing their quality of life and their ability to communicate with others. My wife's first hearing dog came from Dogs for the Deaf and we learned about them through a national convention of HLAA (SHHH). We are members, volunteers, donors and general public and the role did not offer more than one choice.


Rating: 5

I am a lifetime member of HLAA and also a donor. HLAA is the go-to organization for anyone experiencing hearing loss and their family members. It provides reliable, up-to-date information and resources to enable us to live and work succesfully with hearing loss. You cannot know what is out there for those of us with hearing loss without joining this organization. Not to mention their extremely effective advocacy that is making the environment more accessible for us and impoving the quaility of our lives. BEB