Hearing Loss Resources

Access Washington – State government information and services.

Acoustic Neuroma Association – Professional organization providing information and support group contact information for to persons diagnosed with or treated for acoustic neuroma and other benign tumors of the cranial nerves.

Acoustical Surfaces, Inc. – Commercial website but it provides interesting information about noise control, vibration and soundproofing materials.

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing – National association for deaf and hard of hearing children.

Alliance of People with Disabilities – An organization of two independent living centers (ILC’s) located in Seattle and Bellevue, Washington.

American Academy of Audiology – Professional organization that has established educational and professional guidelines and requirements for audiologists. Find an audiologist near you. .l

American Tinnitus Association – Provides information about tinnitus and support groups around the country. Promotes public information about tinnitus. This organization’s world headquarters is in Portland, Oregon!

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) website — ADA materials available free from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities (ADAAG) – Guidelines for accessible buildings posted at the United States Access Board’s website. (See United States Access Board.)

Better Hearing Institute – a not-for-profit corporation that educates the public about the neglected problem of hearing loss and what can be done about it.

The Collaborative for Communication Access via Captioning (CCAC) is an official non-profit membership organization of citizen advocates for inclusion of quality captioning universally. It’s a hub for individuals and many groups to share captioning news, education, raising awareness, and creates new captioning advocacy programs.

Described and Captioned Media Program – The DCMP media library has over 4,000 free-loan described and captioned media titles available to registered members. Members can watch media online or order a DVD copy to be shipped to them. Funded by the US Department of Education. Administered by the National Association of the Deaf.

Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center (DBTAC) Northwest – The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research has established a network of 10 regional Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers. The DBTACs form a comprehensive national network for the provision of information and referrals, technical assistance, public awareness and training on all aspects of the American with Disabilities Act.

Disability Rights Washington – Our mission is to advance the dignity, equality, and self-determination of people with disabilities. We work to pursue justice on matters related to human and legal rights. We provide free advocacy services to people with disabilities.

Dogs for the Deaf, Inc. – Rescues homeless dogs and trains them as service dogs for the hearing impaired. Located in Oregon.

EAR Foundation – Offers public and professional educational programs and support services related to hearing and balance problems. Administers the Meniere’s Network, a national network of support groups for people with Meniere’s Disease.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) – The EEOC coordinates all federal equal employment opportunity regulations, practices, and policies. It interprets employment discrimination laws, monitors the federal sector employment discrimination program, provides funding and support to state and local Fair Employment Practices Agencies (FEPAs), and sponsors outreach and technical assistance programs. There is an office in Seattle.

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) – FCC web pages about closed captioning and disability rights in communications.

Federal Communications Commission Daily Digest Subscription – Provides a brief synopsis of Federal Communications Commission news. Receive it by e-mail. Put the following information in the body of the email “subscribe fcc-consumer-info firstname lastname (replace with real first name and last name)”. You can also subscribe for a paper edition. Call Voice 888-225-5322, TTY 1-888-835-5322. Write to Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th St. S.W., Washington DC 20554

HealthyHearing.Com – Commercial website offering email newsletter and search engine for local hearing care professionals. Interesting Hearing Loss FAQ and Link pages.

Hearing Aids 101 – Independent information guide that is written, edited and maintained by Moxy Media, a leading publisher of online consumer information guides. Goal is to provide factual, up-to-date information and shopping advice to online consumers. Does not sell products directly and is not affiliated with any individual manufacturer. Canadian.

Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers (HEAR) – As a voice of concern between the music and medical communities, H.E.A.R. is determined to make its message heard. H.E.A.R. wants you to enjoy the music for a long, long time.

Hearing Health Magazine – Consumer magazine with articles of interest.

Hearing Speech and Deafness Center (HSDC) – At three locations. Seattle (main office), Bellingham, and Tacoma. Provides audiology, speech services, case management and referral services, and assistive devices.

Hyperacusis Network – A person who has hyperacusis can’t simply get up and walk away from noise. Instead, the volume on the whole world seems stuck on high.

King County Office of Civil Rights – For individuals with disabilities to report inaccessibility to County programs or facilities. In unincorporated King County, investigates complaints regarding alleged discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations.

Listen for Life Center – The Listen for Life Center at Virginia Mason serves individuals with hearing loss from infancy through adulthood; audiology and cochlear implant center. The Listen for Life Center at Virginia Mason serves individuals with hearing loss from infancy through adulthood; audiology and cochlear implant center. Offices in Seattle (main campus location), and satellite campuses in Bainbridge Island, Bellevue, Federal Way, Issaquah, Kirkland, Lynnwood.

Listen-Up Web – Full of information and hints related to hearing aids and cochlear implants. It was developed by a parent, Kay Powell, whose son has a CI. There is an abundance of stories about children. Although it is primarily intended for parents, adults will find a wealth of useful and interesting material there as well, including research, terminology, definitions, etc.

National Association of the Deaf (NAD) – Association of culturally deaf, sign-language-users.

National Captioning Institute (NCI) – A nonprofit corporation with the mission of ensuring that deaf and hard of hearing people, as well as others who can benefit from the service, have access to television’s entertainment and news through the technology of closed captioning. Answers questions and helps solve significant, recurring problems with captioning and described video.

Northwest Lions Sight and Hearing – The Lions will help provide refurbished hearing aids to low-income people. Located in Seattle.

Northwest Outreach Center – Western Oregon University site that provides a wealth of northwest internet resources related to hearing loss. This site contains a list of links to help you find information on hearing loss and related issues.

Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing – The Washington Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH) provides services to the deaf, hard of hearing and deaf-blind communities throughout Washington State.

QuitDay – Remaining smoke-free: Support of the hearing-impaired.

Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) – Research to make everyday technologies accessible and usable so that all people, including those with disabilities, can interact with electronic devices more easily and independently.

SayWhatClub – an online club for people with hearing loss. They have email lists, and a national convention every year.

Seattle Arts & Lectures is expanding our list of open-captioned lectures in our 09\10 season. After a very positive response to our first two captioned speakers in 08\09, we added open-captioning to five events in the 09\10 Season! Tickets are available on our website , www.lectures.org, and by phone at 206.621.2230.

Seattle Office for Civil Rights – Investigates and resolves discrimination complaints in employment and places of public accommodation and housing in the city of Seattle.

Social Security – Social Security Disability Help. Filing for Social Security Disability Disability with a Hearing Loss Diagnosis

Telecommunicating and Accessibility issues for the deaf – A commercial site offering a page of discussion of these issues along with links to more resources.

Telecommunications Equipment Distribution (TED) – Managed by the Washington State Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH), the TED program distributes specialized telecommunication equipment that enables Washington residents to have independent use of the telephone. Who qualifies? Anyone living in WA State who is deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, or speech disabled, and mobility restricted. Equipment includes a TTY, amplified phone, Captel (captioned) phone, Voice Carry-Over (VCO) phone, and large visual display (for people with low vision) that connects to a TTY or VCO phone. Also offered, a hands free phone with remote control switch and microphone for people who are mobility restricted. Payment is on a sliding scale and is sometimes free, depending upon income level.

Trychin, Sam, PhD – Training programs, presentations, and workshops. Living With Hearing Loss Program is a product of twenty-two years of experience working directly with hundreds of people who are hard of hearing and their family members.

United States Access Board – an independent Federal agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities.

Vestibular Disorders Association (VEDA) – A nonprofit organization that provides information to the public and health professionals about inner-ear balance disorders such as Meniere’s disease, BPPV, and labyrinthitis.

Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center – The University of Washington’s Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center brings together an interdisciplinary group of investigators to study hearing, hearing loss, and related communication disorders so that those who would, might hear. The Center is a communication focal point among basic and clinical scientists to facilitate the sharing of ideas and information for the collective advancement of auditory science and patient care.

Washington Assistive Technology Alliance (WATA) – Assistive technology training and policy resources and information and referral line. Training and policy related to accessibility.

Washington Assistive Technology Foundation (WATF) – Low interest loans for assistive technology (including, among others, hearing aids, alarms, door bells, assistive listening devices) and for equipment (computers, fax machines, vehicles, etc.) that people with disabilities need to work out of their homes on a full or part-time basis.

Washington Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) – Assists with insurance related problems, informs of rights and responsibilities, and filing complaints/appeals. The OIC has offices in Olympia, Seattle and Spokane.

Washington PAVE – A parent-directed organization that works with families, individuals with disabilities, professionals and community members in all walks of life and with all types of disabilities.

Washington Relay – telecommunications relay service providing full telephone accessibility to people who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech disabled. Managed by Sprint, administered by the DSHS Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Washington Speech-Language-Hearing Association – A professional and scholarly organization which “promotes which promotes professional excellence in speech-language pathology and audiology. The mission of WSHA is to act as the primary resource and advocate for its members through legislation, continuing education, collaboration, professional endeavors and publications.

Washington State Attorney General’s Office (AGO) Consumer Protection – A key priority for the Attorney General’s Office is to safeguard consumers from fraud and unfair business practices. The AGO has 13 offices throughout the state.

Washington State Business Leadership Network (WSBLN) – WSBLN is a network of employers who educate and support businesses to hire, retain, and improve customer service for people with disabilities.

Washington State Communication Access Project (Wash-CAP) For more information, SEE: Washington State Communication Access Project under ADA Access.

Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) – Workplace related injury and disability claims. L&I has 22 offices throughout the state. Training on preventing workplace injury.

Washington State Legislature – The elected lawmaking body of Washington State.

Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC) – The WUTC regulates the rates, services, and practices of the telephone companies in Washington.

Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission’s Telephone Assistance Program (WTAP) – Program of the Utilities and Transportation Commission to help low-income households get telephone service.

Washington Video Relay Service – The website for making video relay calls over the Internet.