Friday, November 27, 2015

What Day is This?

Happy Anniversary to HLAA!

It's November 27 and 36 years ago today on November 27, 1979, Rocky Stone founded our organization as Self Help for Hard of Hearing People. Rocky realized there were people who were "between two worlds" like himself -- not fully hearing but not deaf. He founded the organization we now call the Hearing Loss Association of America.

If it weren't for Rocky, we wouldn't know YOU -- our leaders and chapter members who work on behalf of people with hearing loss in local communities. Thank you.

In the Spirit of Rocky, Honor Someone with an Award Nomination

December 4  is the deadline to nominate someone for an award such as:
  • Spirit of HLAA Award
  • Outstanding Young Adult
  • Community Service Award
  • Alice Marie Stone Family Involvement Award
  • Marcia Dugan Advocacy Award
  • Parents Award
  • Outstanding HLAA Chapter on a Mission
  • Chapter/State Newsletter Award
...and many more awards
Check out the entire list of awards and nominate someone by December 4.

Award recipients will be honored at the HLAA Convention 2016 in Washington, D.C. 

Friday, November 20, 2015

This Week in Bethesda

Read this week's news.

Of Special Note This Week...

Honor HLAA’s finest by submitting an award nomination by December 4, 2015. Nominate a chapter, state organization or individual. All the information and applications are here on the HLAA website.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Academy of Doctors of Audiology Applauds PCAST Report on OTC Hearing Aids

The Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) applauds the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) for its focus on using technology to remove barriers to care for the millions of Americans with hearing loss. ADA members are audiologists who have spent their professional lives evaluating, managing and treating patients with hearing and balance disorders. ADA is cognizant of the significant health implications of untreated hearing and balance disorders, and ADA wholeheartedly agrees that hearing loss is a public health issue that requires prompt attention.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

This Week in Bethesda

A few things of note this week:

To read the entire This Week in Bethesda, click here.

The HLAA website,, is experiencing some technical difficulty this weekend. The top menus are wrong and there are some images shifting. If you can't find something that is usually in the top menu, use the Search feature. Thanks for your patience while we work on this.

Historic Changes Coming for Access to Hearing Aid Compatible Wireless Phones
HLAA, in collaboration with the wireless industry and other consumer groups, has submitted a consensus letter to the FCC outlining a plan to make all wireless phones hearing aid compatible (HAC) within eight years. This proposal means greater choice in wireless phone selection for those with hearing aids or cochlear implants than what is currently available. Read the whole story here.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Come to a Town Hall Meeting (from the comfort of your home)

Town Hall Meeting for State and Chapter Leaders
Wednesday, November 18, 8 p.m. - 9 p.m. EST


Margaret Wallhagen, Ph.D.
Chairperson, HLAA Board of Trustees

Anna Gilmore Hall
HLAA Executive Director

Find out more here and how to join the free, captioned webinar.

Friday, November 6, 2015

This Week in Bethesda

Hi Chapter and State Leaders:

Click here for all the news of the week. "This Week in Bethesda' is posted most Fridays so you can keep up to date with the happenings.

Please share the news with your chapter members.

Items to Note this Week

Have We Heard from You Lately?
The national staff is on a search mission looking for HLAA Chapters. On November 5 an email went to chapters we have not heard from asking if they were still active.

Why is this important? We get hundreds of calls here at the national office from people looking for help and support locally. We always refer them to our chapters. If we don’t have updated information from you, we can’t do that with confidence that you still exist and will respond to them. Plus, we want to list you on so everyone can find you.

Chapters should fill out the Chapter Update form and email it to  If your chapter no longer meets just drop us a note and we will send you a chapter closing form.

If we do not hear back from chapters by December 1, 2015, we will remove them from the “Find a Chapter” section and mark the chapter or state association as inactive in our database. We are doing our best to ensure that we are able to truly serve people who are looking for peer support at the local level, so we have to know if you exist.

Call for Papers Deadline – December 4, 2015
If you are interested in presenting a workshop, please see the Call for Papers page. For all educational webinars, your proposal needs to be submitted on the Call for Papers site; only proposals for the State/Chapter Development Room are to be submitted using the Call for Papers form.

Honor HLAA’s finest by submitting an award nomination by December 4, 2015. Nominate a chapter, state organization or individual. All the information and applications are here on the HLAA website.