The Hearing Loss Association of America reaches people with hearing loss through its network of state organizations and local chapters. All HLAA state and chapter organization volunteer leaders have direct experience with hearing loss. Joining your state and/or local HLAA organizations helps augment your experience with HLAA and learn more about coping with hearing loss.
HLAA State organizations and Chapters provide strategies and support that are modeled after HLAA Founder Howard “Rocky” Stone’s self-help philosophy. They also offer excellent personal growth and leadership skills-building opportunities.
Are you a leader of an existing HLAA State organization or Chapter? Help yourself succeed as a leader by tapping into the many resources HLAA provides. Learn how to help the state organization or chapter thrive!
See the video HLAA – Teamwork for Hearing Loss Awareness for information about HLAA and how state organizations and chapters work together with the HLAA national organization. The video was made possible by a generous contribution from the HLAA-Manhattan (NY) Chapter from their Walk4Hearing proceeds.
Chapters are local or area-wide organizations offering regularly-scheduled meetings and programs. The Chapters offer emotional support, camaraderie, tips and techniques for living with hearing loss, and technical information about hearing assistance devices. A few of the Twelve Reasons Why Self-help Groups are Good for You are that they:
- provide a community of people with hearing loss who understand and are empathic to your unique problems.
- help you deal with the issue of hearing loss stigma.
- share technologies beyond your hearing aids that will enhance your ability to function in the world.
- show you how to stay tuned into family conversations.
- empower you through exchange of knowledge, encouragement and the sharing of experiences.
- alleviate the despair and isolation of hearing loss through their support.
There are two types of HLAA statewide organizations: offices and associations. Both structures exist to work on issues that affect members in their states such as legislation, policies, programs, and communication access, to name a few. Both also work closely with the HLAA Chapter Coordinator(s) in their state to support existing chapter leaders and help encourage new chapters to form. State offices are staffed by a single volunteer (director). State associations have bylaws, are incorporated in their state and operate by elected boards of trustees, similar to HLAA National. Each chapter within the state has representation on the board of the state association. Every HLAA member in the state is automatically a state association member.