SHHH adopts a goal: Make Hearing Loss an Issue of National Concern.

SHHH colors of green and white are adopted.

A Chapter Manual to assist organizers is completed by the first regular volunteer, Joan Kleinrock, who will become SHHH chapter coordinator. SHHH has 25 chapters.

July: SHHH News, a newsletter for leaders makes its debut.

Sisters Betty Bonvillian and Marjorie Boone begin what will be 17 years as weekly Wednesday volunteers at the SHHH National office.

Financed by Esso of Australia, Rocky Stone travels to Australia and SHHH gains international recognition with the establishment of a sister organization – SHHH Australia.

SHHH expands its National Advisory Board, its Professional Advisory Board, and gains a medical advisor, Dr. Howard House, president of the famed House Ear Institute.

ABC News features a three-part series of interviews with Rocky about SHHH.

SHHH joins with 27 organizations that make up the Council for Better Hearing and Speech Month (May).
October: SHHH is advisor to Bill Neill, producer of a three-part PBS TV series on hearing loss and noise, The Hurt That Does Not Show. Part I airs on 310 stations. Parts II and III air in 1984.

SHHH begins involvement with legislation to advocate for telephone compatibility.