The Hearing Loss Association of America® (HLAA) is the nation’s foremost membership and advocacy organization for people with hearing loss. The mission of HLAA is to open the world of communication for people with hearing loss through information, education, support and advocacy. HLAA’s programs and services include:
Information and Support
There are 48 million people with hearing loss in the United States. More than 60,000 individuals with hearing loss or their families have contacted HLAA asking for material, resources, support and referrals. Staff provides personalized responses to requests.
With more than 500,000 hits in 2014, our website is one of the most-visited sites related to hearing loss in the world. People find information about hearing aids, hearing loss management, advocacy, cochlear implants and other technology, resources and communication strategies for family and friends.
Hearing Loss Magazine
Published bimonthly since 1980, this award-winning magazine tells real-life stories of people with hearing loss and their families, informs readers of cutting-edge technology, and provides updates about HLAA’s advocacy efforts to create a better future for people with hearing loss. The HLAA e-News of current events and advocacy news complements the magazine.
National Support Network
Includes the Washington, D.C. area office, state organizations, and local chapters.
A walk to raise awareness about hearing loss, help to eradicate the stigma associated with it and raise funds to provide information and support for people with hearing loss. Since 2006, the Walk4Hearing has raised more than $9 million and has become the largest walk for people with hearing loss taking place in multiple cities across the United States. For more information, visit www.walk4hearing.org.
HLAA Annual Convention
The nation’s most extensive educational program and trade show for people with hearing loss.
Network of Consumer Hearing Assistive Technology Trainers
Provides a train-the-trainer course in the use of assistive technology.
Educational webinars are presented by top professionals in the field of hearing loss at a minimum of once per month. Each live webinar is captioned and recorded for replay.
Hearing Loss Support Specialist Training (HLSST)
An online, distance-learning program teaching core knowledge about hearing loss to consumers, those who serve people with hearing loss and those who want to learn more about available resources.
Public Policy and Advocacy
Dedicated staff advocate for accessible and affordable hearing health care, hearing devices, and hearing implants; access to public and private facilities and transportation; access to educational and entertainment programming; access to telecommunications; and involvement in development of emerging technology. HLAA has representation on corporate advisory boards, government agencies, coalitions, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations.