HLAA turns 40 this year in November. A special 40 Years logo was created to publish in all our media to proudly display our achievement.

HLAA2019 Convention is held in Rochester, New York, June 20-23. Richard Einhorn, New York City, becomes Board of Trustees chair at the HLAA2019 Convention succeeding Board Chair Don Doherty, Barry Kasinitz receives the 2019 Rocky Stone Humanitarian Award given to a former HLAA Board of Trustees member. The HLAA Research Symposium topic is “The Latest in Genetics and Hearing Loss.”

Lise Hamlin, director of public policy, receives the 2019 Karen Peltz Strauss Public Policy Award from TDI. HLAA constituents have benefited from Lise’s work to ensure that people with hearing loss have communication access as an equal right.

HLAA receives AVA Digital Gold Award for website redesign.

HLAA is a member organization of the Ida Institute’s Person-Centered Hearing Network which held its inaugural meeting in Skodsburg, Denmark, August 26-28.

hearOclub is a hearing aid and cochlear implant battery subscription service which delivers DieHard brand batteries on a set schedule (with free shipping!). New HLAA members sign up for hearOclub using a coupon code online at hearoclub.com or by calling 833.LISTEN-2 (833.547.8362). HLAA members will receive $30 worth of free batteries plus a battery tester keychain – a $40 value, exclusive to HLAA members! See more information on the Member Benefits page.

Mayo Clinic Connect
HLAA worked with the Ida Institute and the Mayo Clinic to launch the Hearing Loss group on Mayo Clinic Connect, an online community where patients with hearing loss and their families share experiences, exchange information, and find support from people like themselves.

In keeping with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report on Hearing Health Care for Adults: Priorities for Improving Access and Affordability, Recommendation #11, “Improve Publicly Available Information on Hearing Health,” HLAA joined partner organizations to develop and disseminate the public service campaign “Hear Well. Stay Vital. Preserve Your Passion.”

Executive Director Barbara Kelley was appointed to a five-year term to the Advisory Council of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health.

HLAA is part of the Consumer Technology Foundation’s Hearing Access Group that attends the CES in Las Vegas to advise on making technologies accessible to people with hearing loss.

The HLAA Walk4Hearing is in 20 cities with a call to action to get your hearing screened. Hearing screenings are offered at each Walk4Hearing site. #screenURhearing

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health awards a five-year conference grant to HLAA for its annual Research Symposia at HLAA Conventions. 

Executive Director Barbara Kelley is co-chair of the International Advocacy Alliance to Improve Access to Care for Cochlear Implants for Adults with Severe to Profound Hearing Loss. Read more.

Executive Director Barbara Kelley and HLAA Director of Public Policy attend the World Health Organization’s World Hearing Forum in Geneva, December 4-5.

HLAA is awarded a five-year sub-contract with Gallaudet University’s Deaf/Hard of Hearing Technology Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for a technology program. The grant was awarded to Gallaudet’s RERC from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.