This history is not a complete account of all data or a complete listing of all pieces of legislation HLAA had input to. However, it is an informative sketch of some of the major highlights of the organization.

Updated February 2020

2020

American Girl® doll and HLAA partner for the debut of American Girl’s 2020 Doll of the Year, Joss Kendrick, who wears a hearing aid. Read more. Executive Director Barbara Kelley...American Girl® doll and HLAA partner for the debut of American Girl’s 2020 Doll of the Year, Joss Kendrick, who wears a hearing aid. Read more. Executive Director Barbara Kelley is appointed to the Advisory Board of the Ida Institute. The HLAA Walk4Hearing celebrates its 15th year and takes place in 20 cities with a … Read More >

2019

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...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 … Read More >

2018

January – HLAA debuts a fresh, updated look, including a new logo, marketing materials, and complete redesign and renaming of our bimonthly magazine, now called Hearing Life: The name might...January – HLAA debuts a fresh, updated look, including a new logo, marketing materials, and complete redesign and renaming of our bimonthly magazine, now called Hearing Life: The name might have changed, but our mission hasn’t. May 24 – The brand new hearingloss.org website is launched! June – HLAA2018 Convention was held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. … Read More >

2017

January 10 – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) appointed Lise Hamlin, director of public policy, as the representative member and Barbara Kelley, executive director, the alternate for HLAA on the...January 10 – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) appointed Lise Hamlin, director of public policy, as the representative member and Barbara Kelley, executive director, the alternate for HLAA on the FCC’s Disability Advisory Committee (DAC). The DAC was established to advise the Commission on communications access issues for individuals with disabilities June 9 – the … Read More >

2016

March 18 – Barbara Kelley is named executive director by the HLAA Board of Trustees June 2 – HLAA applauds a new report issued by the National Academies of Sciences,...March 18 – Barbara Kelley is named executive director by the HLAA Board of Trustees June 2 – HLAA applauds a new report issued by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the Academies), Hearing Health Care for Adults: Priorities for Improving Access and Affordability. The groundbreaking report documents the critical nature of hearing … Read More >