Friday, January 31, 2014

Once Upon a Time...A Story about a Chapter in Georgia

We received this message from Winnie Hargis, former HLAA Board of Trustees member and leader in Georgia. I am happy to post it to see if we can drum up interest in re-establishing the Gainesville/Lanier, Georgia, HLAA Chapter -- Barbara Kelley, Deputy Executive Director, Editor-in-Chief, Hearing Loss Magazine.

Once upon a time there was a Gainesville/Lanier (GA) Chapter of the Self Help for Hard of Hearing People organization (sometimes known as SHHH) in the 80s and 90s that held evening meetings in the old library.  For some unknown reason, the chapter became inactive.  Had the invisible disability of hearing loss been cured?  No --- in fact, now there are many more individuals who have lost their hearing (48 million in the U.S.). It happens through noise pollution, from top volume entertainment devices/events, from continuous use of loud machinery, and from those ear-shattering IEDs of Iraq and Afghanistan, and many other reasons.  Once thought to be only an “old person's condition," that is not true, now more than ever. 
What’s Happening Now
Fast forward to the present and learn in 2005 the SHHH name was changed to the Hearing Loss Association of America (sometimes called HLAA). Learn of many new and wonderful advances which have been introduced to the hearing loss population, such as cochlear implants, hearing aids that can provide marvelous improvements to the ability to hear better, and loads of assistive devices as well.  There really is a need to share all this information with those who want to know more. If you have a hearing loss or are a friend or family member, it is important to learn more.  

Therefore, come join a group of people who are getting together to “re-establish” the former Gainesville/Lanier Chapter.  If this is something that is of interest to you, please contact Winnie Hargis through the Disability Resource Center.  You can also send her an email at whargis@windstream.net.  You can also check out the HLAA website at www.hearingloss.org to learn more.
Where is Gainesville, Georgia?

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