2019 Jan/Feb

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Hearing loss is the most common sensory disorder worldwide, affecting more than 5 percent of the world’s population, or 466 million people. And in 80 percent of cases (in developed countries), that hearing loss is caused by genetic factors. In this issue we take a look at the role genetics plays in hearing loss, the research that is going on, and you will read one family’s story about dealing with three generations of hearing loss. But that’s not all – HLAA turns 40 in 2019, and we have something special planned for each issue this year to commemorate that milestone. Not enough? How about information to help you understand using Bluetooth with hearing devices, or the inspiring story of one of the world’s first recipients of both a cochlear implant and an auditory brainstem implant. And that’s still only just a taste. You can read the whole issue to get the full flavor, but you need to be a member first. If you’re not, what are you waiting for? Join now!

Caught Up in a Whirlwind of Genetic Hearing Loss

By Brenda Battat

Three generations of hearing loss. This former HLAA executive director wanted to know why.


Message from the Executive Director

By Barbara Kelley

Thinking About a Better Future and How We Get There Is Our State of Nature.


Genetics of Hearing Loss—Toward Brighter Horizons

By Hela Azaiez

Genetic testing for hearing loss can provide important answers regarding the risk for future generations, progression over time and the need for additional medical evaluation.

Bluetooth—A Mouthful of Opportunities

By Kevin Franck and Margaret Gregowicz

The authors want to help you understand the various types of devices you can connect using Bluetooth, some of the challenges that come with it, and focus on how Bluetooth is relevant to hearing better.



Puja with Mother

By Abha Sharma

Her mother wanted nothing more than for Abha to read the Hindu scriptures. But did a hearing loss prevent her from doing that sooner than otherwise might have?

Hearing with the Brain and the Brainstem—Jessica’s Unique Dual Implants

By Barbara Chertok

An interview with Jessica Toews, one of the world’s recipients of both a cochlear implant and an auditory brainstem implant.


Founder’s Corner

By Dave Hutcheson

In the Beginning


Message from the Chairperson

By Don Doherty

An Attitude of Gratitude


By Erin Mirante

Scholars of HLAA


By Ronnie Adler and Ann Rancourt

Walk4Hearing Stepped Up for Hearing Health in 2018!


By Lise Hamlin

Do You Know What Our Position Is?


HLAA2019 Convention Update