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June 8, 2018

What Happened When You Discovered HLAA?

Did you find that you are not alone? Did you get information that helped you make a choice about getting hearing aids or cochlear implants? Maybe you tuned in to our webinars and learned about captioning, hearing loops, apps, or some technology that helped you to better “understand” the dialogue. Maybe you found out you could stay on the job because you learned something from HLAA.

Everyone’s hearing loss story is personal…every hearing journey is unique. When I talk to people who have connected with HLAA, I hear similar stories. People no longer feel alone with their hearing loss. You tell us that HLAA gives you hope and helps you take charge of your situation. You tell us that you wish you would have learned about HLAA sooner.

HLAA is forward looking. We are optimistic about the future for people living with hearing loss. We have more work to do and we need your support to do it. Please stay connected with us along your hearing journey and consider donating to our 2018 Spring Appeal.

You can find more information, including how to donate, on the HLAA website.

Thank you for any amount you can give, small or large. Like many nonprofits, we count on your generosity.

With appreciation,

Barbara Kelley
Executive Director
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HLAA2018 Convention in Minneapolis, MN - June 21-24 We are hiring graphic hearingloss.org screen capture
The Excitement Is Building!

The HLAA2018 Convention is less than two weeks away and we hope you're ready for an unbelievable trip to Minneapolis!

Haven't registered? No problem - you can still register onsite!
Raiser's Edge Database Coordinator

The position is responsible for ensuring the accuracy and integrity of HLAA’s  membership database, including data input and output and providing responsive support to HLAA membership. Job located in Bethesda, MD.
Have You Seen the New HLAA Website?

Our completely redesigned and updated website is live! With a sleek new look and improved navigation you'll find all the information you need for your hearing loss journey - quickly and easily. And it's mobile-friendly, so take us with you on the go!
See the Program and Exhibit Guide Apply Today Visit the New Website
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Join Us at the 2018 M-Enabling Summit!
HLAA is a proud supporter of the 2018 M-Enabling Summit, the leading conference and showcase promoting accessible technology and environments for seniors and users of all abilities. The theme will be Accessible and Assistive Technologies Innovations: New Frontiers for Independent Living to be held June 11-13, 2018 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel, Washington, D.C.
See Agenda and Registration Form
N-CHATT Training Apply to Become an N-CHATT Trainer!

Interested in hearing assistive technology (HAT)? The Network of Consumer Hearing Assistive Technology Trainers (N-CHATT) is a volunteer network of community trainers with knowledge and skills necessary to train others who are impacted by hearing loss on HAT. Trainers support the successful integration of HAT to help improve individuals’ hearing and communication needs at home, work, school, and in the community. The application period for the upcoming N-CHATT training series is now open and we invite you to apply!

For more information on and to apply, visit the N-CHATT Training page on the HLAA website. Questions about the N-CHATT program should be directed to n-chatt@hearingloss.org. Application Deadline is July 9, 2018.

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Congratulations to Rachel Stevens (left) and Ann Rancourt!
Ann Rancourt and Rachel Stevens Selected for Hamilton Relay 2018 Better Hearing and Speech Month Recognition Award

Congratulations are in order! HLAA’s own Ann Rancourt, national Walk4Hearing manager, and Rachel Stevens, a member of the HLAA District of Columbia Chapter, were selected as the Hamilton Relay 2018 Better Hearing and Speech Month Recognition Award winners for the District of Columbia. Ann and Rachel were recognized at a ceremony hosted by Hamilton Relay and the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia on May 29. Read more.
FCC Votes to Adopt IP CTS Rules, Notice of Rulemaking

One of the items on the agenda for the June 7, 2018 Open Meeting of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) related to Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Services (IP CTS). The Commission considered a Report and Order, Declaratory Ruling, Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, and Notice of Inquiry to adopt measures and seek comment to ensure IP CTS remains sustainable for people with hearing loss who need it.

IP CTS is an important tool for many of us who have a hearing loss. The Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking invites everyone to weigh in with her or his own, or in the case of industry, their companies’ opinions on the rules governing IP CTS. If you have an opinion any aspect of IP CTS that the FCC is considering, it’s important that the FCC hear from you. In the coming weeks, we will post a full summary of these documents and provide you with suggestions for comments that you can send. Read more.

Seeking Participants for Research Study on Consumer Behavior in Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Community

Are you deaf or have a hearing loss?
Are you between the ages of 18-29?

If your answer to both questions is YES, you can participate in a two-part online survey on consumer behavior among deaf and hard-of-hearing shoppers. Participants will receive $20 each for their time and contribution to this pioneering marketing study, which is led by Mr. Michael Janger of Gallaudet University and Dr. Caroline Cuny of Grenoble Ecole de Management. This study seeks to explore consumer behavior in the deaf and hard-of-hearing community, an area of research that has not been adequately explored. All participants will receive a copy of the final study when completed.

If interested, please send an email of interest to Michael Janger at survey@michaeljanger.com. Eligibility will be verified prior to survey participation. Please respond quickly, as this survey will be closing in mid-June.

This project has been approved by Gallaudet University’s Institutional Review Board (Project ID #2836).

How Much Information Is Too Much? We Want Your Feedback!

People who are newly diagnosed with hearing loss can find vast amounts of information to help them understand it better. But is that really a good thing? When you want to learn all you can about hearing loss an overwhelming amount of information can leave you almost as lost as not having enough.

The Ida Institute, an independent, nonprofit organization working to integrate person-centered care in hearing rehabilitation, is conducting a survey to help gain a deeper understanding of the challenges that people with hearing loss meet in daily life as it relates to available information. Please consider participating in the survey, it takes just a few minutes and is completely anonymous.


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