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Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)

Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)


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7910 Woodmont Ave

Suite 1200

Bethesda MD 20814

301-657-2248 (V)

301-657-2249 (T)

301-913-9413 (F)



Publication: “Hearing Loss”


Information about the HLAA annual convention


Information about the HLAA hearing test day


HLAA Overview


July 2001 – A Yahoo group called SHHHChatter is hosting a chat every Tuesday night to discuss issues related to hearing loss, and YOU’RE INVITED. Here’s the announcement.


June 2002 – As we prepare for the 2002 Seattle convention, it seems that SHHH is experience some fiscal and PR problems. Read about the current SHHH Turmoil here.


October 2002 – SHHH Announces Informational Email List


November 2002 – SHHH Announces New Executive Director


November 2005 – SHHH Changes its name to Hearing Loss Association of America!


March 2006 – You’ve probably noticed all the changes going on at the organization we all know as SHHH – new name, new logo, soon a new website. I’ve heard lots of comments on these changes, from folks with all sorts of opinions. Here’s Executive Director Terry Portis his thoughts on these changes.


April 2006 – Hearing Loss Association walks for solidarity


January 2007 – Support HLAA When You Book Your Travel


June 2007 – Here’s our report on the Open Board Meeting at the 2007 Convention.


June 2007 – The Business Meeting at the 2007 Convention was also interesting!


November 2007 – HLAA Announces Executive Director Search


January 2008 – Hearing loss groups offer help, support


January 2008 – The Care and Feeding of a Local Chapter


March 2008 – Advice for Senior Level Job Seekers in Non-Profit Management


March 2008 – Hearing Loss Association of America Names New Executive Director


April 2008 – Reflections on HLAA


April 2008 – Have hearing loss? Group offers help with daily living


July 2008 – HLAA Board of Directors Meeting


July 2008 – HLAA Business Meeting


February 2009 – HLAA Supports Vets with Hearing Loss


April 2009 – Three Decades of Accomplishments Mark HLAA’s Anniversary


April 2009 – Walkers from Across the Country Join 2009 Walk4Hearing


January 2010 – The Hearing Loss Association of America’s Walk4Hearing(tm) Tops $1M Goal


January 2010 – HLAA Boards Hearing Loop Train


February 2010 – HLAA to Produce and Distribute Hearing Loss Videos


February 2010 – Walk4Hearing Proceeds Fund Live Theatre Accessibility


February 2010 – HLAA and AAA Promote Hearing Loops!


March 2010 – HLAA Hires Coordinator for States and Chapters


March 2010 – HLAA Position Paper on Job Qualification Testing


March 2011 – HLAA Joins AARP Hearing Education Advisory Group


September 2011 – Hearing Loss Association of America Launches New Website


February 2012 – The Hearing Loss Association of America’s Walk4Hearing(r) Surpasses $1.2M Goal


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SHHH Overview


SHHH and our members are catalysts that make mainstream society more accessible to people who are hard of hearing. We strive to improve the quality of hard of hearing people’s lives through education, advocacy and self help.
We value:
* Education: – Our primary purpose is to educate ourselves, our families, friends, co-workers, teachers, hearing health care providers, industry, government, and others about hearing loss.
* SHHH provides adults and children with tools for self help; sensitizes the general population about the special needs of people who are hard of hearing; and promotes understanding of the nature, causes, complications, and remedies of hearing loss.
* We provide information on many aspects of hearing loss, from technological and medical advances to coping and parenting strategies.
* We want to help you become an informed consumer on what options are available to you to help you make the best decisions on how to deal with hearing loss.
* Advocacy: – SHHH is a leading voice in improving communication access for people with hearing loss.
* We advocate for communication access in the workplace, hotels, schools, court systems, medical, and entertainment facilities.
* SHHH promotes new technology, medical research, and legislation that will alleviate the effects of hearing loss.
* We encourage and participate in research to improve hearing aids, assistive listening devices, and other technology needs of consumers with hearing loss.
* We push for research on understanding the causes of hearing loss and for development of new treatments.
* We testify before federal, state, and local legislative bodies on issues concerning people with hearing loss.
* We help implement federal and state laws which benefit people with hearing loss.
* Self Help: – SHHH believes people with hearing loss can help themselves and one another to participate fully and successfully in society.
* SHHH promotes self-confidence; empowers individuals with skills to improve their lives; and provides an opportunity for affiliation among people with hearing loss, their friends, families, and professionals.
* We work to develop options for ourselves and open doors for others.
* We provide support in setting up local support groups.



SHHH Announces Informational Email List

October 2002

SHHH is addressing perceived communications problems with its new one-way informational email list. “One-way” means that only the folks at SHHH can post to it; it’s not a discussion group. I’ve just subscribed to it and am anxious to be better informed with what’s happening at SHHH. To subscribe, send an email to:


SHHH Announces New Executive Director

November 2002

SHHH has selected Terry D. Portis of Greensboro, North Carolina, as the new Executive Director of Self Help for Hard of Hearing People (SHHH), the nation’s largest organization for people with hearing loss. He will officially assume the title and duties of his position on December 5, 2002.



Hearing Loss Association walks for solidarity


April 2006


One long walk for the Hearing Loss Association of America, one giant trek forward for scores of hard-of-hearing Peninsula residents. For HLAA’s Redwood City-based Peninsula chapter, next month’s 5K Walk 4 Hearing in San Francisco – one of six participating cities – presents a new opportunity to raise funds and awareness for people silently struggling with one of the largest disabilities in the country.   Full Story



Support HLAA When You Book Your Travel

January 2007

I think most of our readers are well aware of the great work being done by the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), and would be willing to support them in their efforts on our behalf. Well, they’ve come up with a free and easy way for us to do so – just use their travel site when you book your next trip. From what I can see it works just like Expedia, Travelocity, etc. But booking tickets there benefits HLAA. So next time you’re hit with wanderlust, point your browser to:



Hearing loss groups offer help, support

January 2008

It happened when Geri Young was in her 40s: She began to lose her hearing.   Young, diagnosed with an inner ear disorder called Meniere’s disease, found herself grappling with profound hearing loss as she had a baby and was working as a schoolteacher.  “I was suffering a great deal,” said Young, 68, who lives west of Boca Raton. “It was difficult for me to socialize, to do anything that would involve people.”   By the time Young turned 50, she decided to turn a frustrating experience into something positive. She formed a chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America in Ann Arbor, Mich., where she lived. Then, she did the same in Boca Raton after moving there in 1993. She continues to lead the group she says can help many more coping with this common ailment.  About 31 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss, affecting one in 10 people. A quarter of those use some kind of hearing aid, according to the national association. Considering Palm Beach County’s population, with about 20 percent age 65 or older, local leaders say hearing loss is more widespread here.   Full Story


Three Decades of Accomplishments Mark HLAA’s Anniversary

April 2009

In 1979, when CIA retiree Howard E. “Rocky” Stone founded the Self Help for Hard of Hearing People (SHHH) in the family room of his Potomac, Maryland house, he probably could not envision what a major force the homespun group would become in the hearing health arena. It is good to remember that in those days, hearing technology we enjoy today was still in nascent stages – in-the-ear hearing aids had just become available in the United States – and the rights of hearing-impaired people were not protected by the full extent of the law. By 2006, when the SHHH name was changed to the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), the organization had been instrumental in helping develop awareness of hearing loss among the public, as well as many advocacy efforts (see below). This year, the Bethesda, MD-based non-profit association, which has 14 state organizations and 200 local chapters, is celebrating 30 years of opening “the world of communication through information, education, advocacy, and support that has helped hundreds of thousands of people live and work successfully with their hearing loss,” its website, says.  Full Story


HLAA to Produce and Distribute Hearing Loss Videos

February 2010

HLAA has made an arrangement with Knowlera Media to produce a series of videos on hearing loss. The videos will be distributed on their consumer-facing website www.monkeysee.com and to several hundred other websites as well as local television stations across the country.  The Hearing Loss Association of America will receive its own branded copies of the videos that can be used on its website and its affiliate’s websites.  All the videos will be captioned. Past board member and VP for policy, Mark Ross Ph.D., has graciously agreed to help to write the scripts for the videos to be filmed in the national office. This is a major opportunity we could not have taken advantage of without Mark’s help. The topics of the videos are:

Video 1: Understanding Hearing Loss/Who is at Risk

Video 2: Hearing Loss Symptoms

Video 3: How is Hearing Loss Diagnosed?

Video 4: Medical Treatments for Hearing Loss

Video 5: Hearing Loss Self Care/Lifestyle Changes

Video 6: Hearing Loss Prevention

Video 7: The Latest Advancements in Hearing Loss Treatment