Rocky and Ahme Stone Endowment Fund

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Rocky and Ahme Stone Endowment Fund

The StonesThe Rocky Stone Endowment Fund was started in 2004 to honor the legacy of the founder of the Hearing Loss Association of America, Howard E. ‘Rocky’ Stone, by members of the Stone family.

In June 2012, the HLAA Board of Trustees voted to change the name from the Rocky Stone Endowment Fund to the Rocky and Ahme Stone Endowment Fund to honor Ahme’s many years of work on behalf of people with hearing loss. Ahme Stone, Rocky's widow, continues to actively work on behalf of people with hearing loss by supporting education, outreach and advocacy efforts of HLAA.

Rocky founded the organization, previously known as Self-Help for Hard of Hearing or SHHH, in 1979, after his retirement from the Central Intelligence Agency where he received the Agency’s highest award, the Distinguished Intelligence Medal, after 25 years of service.

Rocky had a bilateral hearing loss as a result of military service during World War II. Because there were no services for hard of hearing people, Rocky founded SHHH and served as its voluntary executive director until 1993.

Having overcome childhood poverty and a profound hearing loss, Rocky believed in the ability of individuals to help themselves. “I established SHHH as a membership organization run by people with hearing loss. We provide information necessary for them to make choices, but emphasize the choice must be theirs. The challenge is to develop togetherness within diversity.”

The Rocky Stone Endowment Fund is a restricted permanent fund that provides the organization with income generated from investments from the principle. The principle is permanently retained and invested. The interest supports scholarships to individuals who would otherwise be unable to attend HLAA’s annual convention.

To make a gift to the Rocky Stone Endowment Fund or to discuss setting up an endowment, please contact the Development Office at 301.657.2248 or via email at development@hearingloss.org.


Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is a tax-exempt, charitable organization and is eligible to receive tax deductible contributions under the IRS Code 501(c)(3).  HLAA’s Federal ID #52-1177011.

Have questions?

Please contact HLAA’s Development Office at 301.657.2248 or via email at development@hearingloss.org.