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 April 2019

2009

At the Opening Session at the Convention 2009 in Nashville, TN, executive director of HLAA, Brenda Battat, along with T. Alan Hurwitz, of NTID, announces an exciting partnership and agreement...At the Opening Session at the Convention 2009 in Nashville, TN, executive director of HLAA, Brenda Battat, along with T. Alan Hurwitz, of NTID, announces an exciting partnership and agreement between HLAA and RIT and NTID that will benefit thousands of men and women who have suffered a hearing loss as a result of their … Read More >

2008

Brenda Battat becomes executive director of HLAA in March.  Because of all the letters written to FCC telling how much captioned telephone would help, WebCapTel service has been introduced. This...Brenda Battat becomes executive director of HLAA in March.  Because of all the letters written to FCC telling how much captioned telephone would help, WebCapTel service has been introduced. This allows one to make a captioned telephone call from any phone, including a cell phone. HLAA presents its first, newly-created Lifetime Achievement Award to Mark … Read More >

2007

In March, a new coalition, the Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Telecommunications (COAT) of disability organizations is launched to advocate for legislation and regulatory safeguards that will ensure full access...In March, a new coalition, the Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Telecommunications (COAT) of disability organizations is launched to advocate for legislation and regulatory safeguards that will ensure full access by people with disabilities to evolving high-speed broadband, wireless and other Internet Protocol (IP) technologies. Historic consensus agreement reached between consumers led by HLAA and … Read More >

2006

Name change to Hearing Loss Association of America and new logo are implemented in publication in March. The Walk4Hearing™ is launched in an effort to end the stigma associated with...Name change to Hearing Loss Association of America and new logo are implemented in publication in March. The Walk4Hearing™ is launched in an effort to end the stigma associated with hearing loss and provide support and resources for hearing loss prevention and education programs. Six walks are conducted in four states: New York, Pennsylvania, Texas … Read More >

2005

In February, SHHH Deputy Executive Director Brenda Battat received a 2005 Oticon Focus on People Award for her outstanding advocacy work on behalf of people with hearing loss. Oticon awards...In February, SHHH Deputy Executive Director Brenda Battat received a 2005 Oticon Focus on People Award for her outstanding advocacy work on behalf of people with hearing loss. Oticon awards honor hard of hearing people who prove that hearing loss does not limit a person’s ability to live a full, productive, and even, inspiring life. … Read More >