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, advocacy and support. HLAA’s programs and services include:
Information and Support
There are 36 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 200,000 hits, 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. An online e-News of current events complements the magazine.
National Support Network
Includes nearly 200 local chapters and 14 state organizations, providing support, information, advocacy and education at the local level.
A program 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 $6 million and has become the largest walk program for people with hearing loss taking place in multiple cities across the United States. Money raised from the Walk4Hearing is split between the local Walk site’s community and the national organization. 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.
Hearing Assistive Technology (HAT) Training
Provides a train-the-trainer course in the use of assistive technology.
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
Staff advocates for consumer issues such as the hearing aid tax credit initiative, captioning, affordable hearing health care, insurance coverage, cochlear implant reimbursement, newborn infant hearing screening, and telecommunications compatibility. HLAA has representation on corporate advisory boards, government agencies, coalitions, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations.