hearing Loss Association of Washington

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 organization for people with hearing loss.

Help Hearing Loops Ride the Rails

Let the U.S. Access board know that hearing loops and speech-to-text message displays will help people with hearing loss travel safely and independently.

Without communication access systems in transportation and travel spaces, people with hearing loss miss announcements, directions, information, and even vital safety details. Loops provide seamless, easy, universal hearing access.

The Access Board is accepting public comments until July 14, 2020. Post your comment here by clicking on “Comment Now” in the upper right hand corner.

Encourage your friends and family to comment, and ask local leaders to submit comments, too.



Experience the HLAA convention…virtually

Catch a tinnitus symposium, find out how to improve hearing loss health care, chat with scientists, explore the virtual exhibition hall, and more June 18-19, 2020 at Experience HLAA!

Everyone is welcome to join: people with hearing loss and their friends and family, audiologists, vendors, caregivers, disability advocates, and anyone interested in hearing loss.

This convention will be held via Zoom, a live meeting platform. Captions provided.

Learn more and register for this FREE event.

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.

2020 GiveBIG Campaign

This year, HLAA-WA is again participating in the 501 Commons GiveBIG fundraising campaign.  It is our only fundraiser each year. Our hearts go out to those who have experienced COVID-19 and/or lost loved ones to this virus or even who can’t see loved ones in person because they’re quarantined. This is a time of serious consequences for all of us.  And we recognize that many of our members and their families are donating generously to organizations that are supporting COVID-19 needs.  We support those efforts and donations.

However, please remember HLAA-WA if you have any additional resources.  We provide unique information and education about hearing loss in the State of Washington.

Thank you for considering a donation to the GiveBIG campaign on May 5-6, 2020. You can give an early donation beginning on April 15.

Current E-News from HLAA-WA (Web Edition)

May 1, 2020.  In this edition:

  • May is Better Hearing & Speech Month
  • Getting through the Corona Virus Crisis
  • Additional Resources [for people with hearing loss] during this Challenging Time
  • Going to the Hospital will be very Different During a Pandemic
  • Webinars
  • GiveBIG 2020
  • Free, Online Hearing Life E-News
  • In the News
  • Join or Renew Your HLAA Membership
  • Calendar  – Seattle Town Hall Online

E-News From HLAA-WA

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.