Cheers to 40 Years!

Howard E. "Rocky" Stone
Howard E. “Rocky” Stone, Founder

What a great ring those words have and you are part of it. We were founded in 1979 by Rocky Stone, the man who knew that there were many of you out there just like he was—not totally deaf, not totally hearing, but “between two worlds” with an “invisible condition.” He coined those words that have lived on. These words are used widely today to describe what it means to have hearing loss and stay in the hearing world with technology. Maybe this describes you.

HLAA has staying power. Four decades of opening the world of communication through information, education, support and advocacy has resonated with you and policy makers.

What are we doing for you now? You told us in a survey we conducted last December that the number one reason for being connected to HLAA is for our advocacy successes and work on public policy which affects your everyday life. Some of the important issues we’ve been working on are: hearing-aid-compatible cellphones; captioning on TV, internet and in autonomous vehicles; Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS); airline access, and more.

Portrait of Pat Clickener
Pat Clickener

Your Hearing Loss Journey Is Our Mission

HLAA Member Pat Clickener said, “It is obvious to me that the message and spirit of HLAA has taken root very deeply and has grown so much from what I remember in the earliest days. HLAA is changing the world and like Mother Teresa said, ‘Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.'”

What’s your story? Share your hearing journey with us.

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The Marathon Ahead: Medicare Coverage for Hearing Aids

There is new activity in Congress about Medicare. The number one question we get from people who need to buy hearing aids and are over the age of 65 is, “Why doesn’t Medicare cover hearing aids?” Research shows that untreated hearing loss leads to depression, isolation, anxiety, falls, and now there is a link between hearing loss and cognition. The road to getting Medicare coverage for hearing aids and services will be like a marathon, not a sprint. But you can count on HLAA being at the table early for you. And for those of you under 65, when we get this accomplished, it sets the bar for other insurance plans. With 10,000 people turning 65 every day in the United States, chances are you will be one of them someday.

Like many nonprofits we count on donations to support our work. Advocating at the national level on your behalf takes time which always equals money. Your donation will help cover things such as a new software platform that will help us mobilize you when we need your voices to be heard about Medicare and other issues. We want to make it easy for you to do this online and make it easy for us to get your voices heard.

HLAA is forward looking. We are optimistic about the future for people living with hearing loss. Please stay connected with us along your hearing journey. Thank you for any donation you can give, small or large. Like many nonprofits, we count on your generosity.

Join us throughout the year when we hail, Cheers to 40 Years!

With appreciation,
Barbara Kelley's signatureBarbara Kelley
Executive Director