Hearing Loss Association of America Washington State

Our Mission
To open the world of communication to people with hearing loss by providing information, education, support, and advocacy.

Our Vision
All aspects of life will be accessible to people with hearing loss.

We’re dedicated to helping people with hearing loss live their best lives. We provide support and hearing technology education. And we remove barriers, encourage communication access, and advocate for a world that allows everyone to participate equally, regardless of their ability to hear.

Your HLAA membership automatically includes membership to HLAA-Washington.

We’d love it if you joined us.


News & Events

You’re Invited to Our All-Members Meeting
November 7, 2020

Everyone is welcome to join our annual all-members meeting on November 7, 2020, 9:30 – 11:00 am. We’re virtual this year, and the meeting will be captioned so that all may participate. Stay tuned for info on our guest speaker, topics, and how to join us via Zoom.


How Are You Coping with Hearing Loss During the Pandemic?

Share your pandemic stories with HLAA in this online survey.

In partnership with Cochlear Americas, HLAA hopes to highlight the obstacles people with hearing loss are facing during the pandemic. Your stories, both victories and challenges, will be shared with the media and with others in the hearing loss community. All survey results are completely anonymous.
Deadline: October 31, 2020.

Hearing Aid Coverage in Washington State

Will Washington State insurers soon be required to cover hearing aids under the ACA guidelines?

Maybe. A recent 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision (Schmitt v. Kaiser) could result in hearing aids be mandated as “essential health benefits.” The case has been sent back to trial court to decide if excluding hearing aid coverage predominately impacts people with disabilities, according to attorney and hearing loss advocate John Waldo, writing with Trevor Finneman in the HLAA-California September 2020 newsletter.

Read Waldo and Finneman’s update, which includes analysis of how a 1985 Supreme Court decision may play a role in the next ruling.


Coronavirus and Hearing Loss

20% of the population has hearing loss, many of them older adults who may be susceptible to COVID-19 and may also be less adaptable to the changes that are coming quickly. Here are some tools to help.  See our page on Coronavirus and Hearing Loss.


Current E-News from HLAA-WA 

Current E-News From October 9, 2020

In the October 9, 2020 version of our bi-weekly e-news…

  • Dr. David G. Myers speaks at Seattle University, October 20
  • Next HLAA-Whatcom County meeting, October 17
  • Save the date for our all-members meeting, November 7
  • Vote for Jerry Bergman for the Oticon Focus on People Award
  • Coronavirus and hearing loss help
  • Smartphone caption webinar from HLAA-San Diego
  • Telehealth online doctor visit help
  • More loops, but fewer telecoils. Why?
  • Zoom help

Read the whole e-news online here.

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Newest Edition of Sound Waves

Sound Waves is our award-winning quarterly printed newsletter, currently on hiatus. The most recent issue is below. Please click here for Sound Wave archives.

Sound Waves Fall 2019


City of Seattle Enacts TV Caption Ordinance

On April 15, the City of Seattle enacted an ordinance that, when it takes effect, will require televisions in places of public accommodation have captions turned on.  This will benefit those with hearing loss as well as people with other reasons to need visual support for what is being said.  Read the ordinance here.


Buying Hearing Aids in Washington
(What to expect)

Our new and updated flyer Buying Hearing Aids in Washington (What to expect) is now published.