hearing Loss Association of AMERICA Washington STATE

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

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

HLAA-WA is affiliated with the Hearing Loss Association of America (formerly Self Help for Hard of Hearing, Inc.). HLAA is dedicated to the well-being of people who do not hear well, whatever their age, whatever their communication style. It is the nation’s largest consumer organization for people with hearing loss.

We’d love it if you joined us!

Free Clear, Hearing-Friendly Face Masks

Masks with clear windows are available for free on the HLAA website. These masks can help you speech read (or help others read your speech.)

Click here to order. You’ll need to create an HLAA store login, but you pay only for shipping.

woman wearing a clear face mask made by Cricut.

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 (Web Edition)

July 24, 2020.  In this edition…

  • A surprising court decision that could help people with hearing loss
  • How to join the new national Get in the Hearing Loop platform
  • An update on the Ride the Rails campaign
  • ADA celebration details
  • An Amplify Your Chapter Leaders webinar
  • Let’s Talk Technology (Zoom and caption phones)
  • Hearing Access & Inclusions Conferenece
  • Shari Eberts on Hamilton captions

Click here to read the full newsletter

Newest Edition of Sound Waves

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)

*New* August 22, 2018
Our new and updated flyer Buying Hearing Aids in Washington (What to expect) is now published.