The first National Convention is held in Chicago in May. 450 people attend. Here, Pat Clickener becomes the first elected president of SHHH (succeeding Rocky Stone). Columnist Ann Landers receives the first SHHH Walter T. Ridder Award. A large number of attendees go home committed to starting chapters, so that by November SHHH has 122 chapters.

SHHH moves to larger offices at 7800 Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda.

SHHH publishes Self Help in Action, a special pictorial report of the first four years of National and chapter progress.

An SHHH Pen Pal Club for children with hearing loss is initiated and overseen by a volunteer.

SHHH publication sales begin with an information series of six pamphlets on assistive listening devices (ALDs).

Ann Lander’s advises readers with hearing loss to contact SHHH. The National office, with the help of many volunteers from local chapters, answers over 8,000 letters and welcomes 900 new National members.