Hearing Loss Association of America

The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is the nation’s leading membership and advocacy organization for people who cannot hear well but who remain committed to participating in the hearing world. A non-sectarian, non-profit educational organization, HLAA represents the interests of people with hearing loss at the federal level. Friends and relatives of hard of hearing people are encouraged to join.

two women, one in a green jacket, and one in a black jacket, both are smiling

HLAA Executive Director Barbara Kelley meets a convention attendee.

HLAA was founded in 1979 as Self Help for Hard of Hearing People, Inc. by former CIA agent Howard E. “Rocky” Stone. Rocky had a vision of an organization run by people with hearing loss and benefiting people with hearing loss. He suffered a bilateral hearing loss at age 19 and wore a cochlear implant at the time of his death in 2007.

Please join HLAA. It’s easy, affordable, and rewarding. Memberships start at just $45.

What Are The Benefits Of Joining HLAA?

  • A subscription to “Hearing Loss: The Journal of HLAA” containing the latest information on technology, legislation and coping with hearing loss.
  • Automatic membership in HLA-WA.
  • Discounted registration for informative annual HLAA conventions held all over the United States.
  • A tap into the best hearing loss information pipeline in the United States, in Washington and on the web.

HLAA conventions are a fun way to make friends in a fully hearing-accessible setting.

What Will HLAA Do With My Dues?

  • Advocate for communication access in the workplace, hotels, schools, court systems, medical and entertainment facilities.
  • Promote new technology, medical research and legislative to alleviate the effects of hearing loss. HLAA pushes for research on understanding the causes of hearing loss and for development of new treatments.
  • Encourage research to improve hearing aids, assistive listening devices and other technology.
  • Testify before federal, state and local legislative bodies on issues concerning people with hearing loss.
  • Assist with developing federal and state laws to benefit people with hearing loss.

Please join HLAA. Your membership gives us strength in numbers.