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

Updated August 2021

1986

Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA, is the site of the second National Convention chaired by Bill Cutler who is elected SHHH President. Following nine months preparation, a Report on...Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA, is the site of the second National Convention chaired by Bill Cutler who is elected SHHH President. Following nine months preparation, a Report on Research and Service Priorities for SHHH was approved by the membership at the convention. Membership adopts 12 priorities, which become the basis for the SHHH … Read More >

1985

January: SHHH begins to pay staff (Stone remains a volunteer throughout his tenure). A “Present at the Creation” birthday party is held in November honoring 30 people who helped SHHH...January: SHHH begins to pay staff (Stone remains a volunteer throughout his tenure). A “Present at the Creation” birthday party is held in November honoring 30 people who helped SHHH begin and initiating the first annual Founder’s Day. Chapters join by raising funds for National. SHHH has responded to more than 35,000 pieces of mail. … Read More >

1984

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 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 … Read More >

1983

SHHH leases its first office at 4848 Battery Lane in Bethesda. With the addition of Carol Lingley and Pat Clickener, staff grows to four full-time volunteers. (Clickener has taken a...SHHH leases its first office at 4848 Battery Lane in Bethesda. With the addition of Carol Lingley and Pat Clickener, staff grows to four full-time volunteers. (Clickener has taken a one-and-a- half-year leave from a Chicago executive position in advertising.) The official SHHH logo is designed and adopted (Fading SHHH letters represent fading hearing.) SHHH … Read More >

1982

SHHH adopts a goal: Make Hearing Loss an Issue of National Concern. SHHH colors of green and white are adopted. A Chapter Manual to assist organizers is completed by the...SHHH adopts a goal: Make Hearing Loss an Issue of National Concern. SHHH colors of green and white are adopted. A Chapter Manual to assist organizers is completed by the first regular volunteer, Joan Kleinrock, who will become SHHH chapter coordinator. SHHH has 25 chapters. July: SHHH News, a newsletter for leaders makes its debut. … Read More >