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

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 >

2004

The year’s advocacy focus is on improving access to hearing aids, cochlear implants and other technology. SHHH actively supports the hearing aid tax credit bill, and works to increase reimbursement...The year’s advocacy focus is on improving access to hearing aids, cochlear implants and other technology. SHHH actively supports the hearing aid tax credit bill, and works to increase reimbursement for cochlear implants and to harmonize the Medicare criteria for implantation with those of the FDA. The 19th National Convention is in Omaha, Nebraska. The … Read More >

2003

SHHH Executive Director Terry Portis sets organizational priorities for the year based on our strengths. He pledges support and resources for state organizations and local chapters. Attention will be given...SHHH Executive Director Terry Portis sets organizational priorities for the year based on our strengths. He pledges support and resources for state organizations and local chapters. Attention will be given to expanding the SHHH interactive website – changed to www.hearingloss.org – unveiled in February as a tool to help members feel connected to SHHH and … Read More >

2002

Terry Portis, Ed.D., accepts position of executive director. The 17th National Convention attended by more than 1,000 people is held in June in Seattle, Washington. Ann Liming from Michigan becomes...Terry Portis, Ed.D., accepts position of executive director. The 17th National Convention attended by more than 1,000 people is held in June in Seattle, Washington. Ann Liming from Michigan becomes board president and past president Marcia Dugan receives the Rocky Stone Humanitarian award. The Research Symposium was sponsored and presented by The National Institute on … Read More >

2001

Beth Wilson, Ph.D. of Rhode Island begins as executive director of SHHH in April. She had been an active SHHH member since 1986 and left Raytheon Corporation where for 18...Beth Wilson, Ph.D. of Rhode Island begins as executive director of SHHH in April. She had been an active SHHH member since 1986 and left Raytheon Corporation where for 18 years she was an electrical engineer. Convention is held in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. More than 1,100 people attend the 16th year of this event. … Read More >