Support for Hearing Loss
Find information and resources to help you and your family
Being diagnosed with hearing loss is a frightening and lonely experience. Those of us with hearing loss know how it feels. And if we can help others face the challenge and learn to thrive, instead of merely survive, we will.~ Kimberly Parker
Educator, Playwright, Actor
HLAA-WA member 11 years
Everyone at HLAA-WA is dedicated to helping you and your family and friends accept and manage hearing loss in a way that lets you and your relationships thrive. This commitment comes from lived experience and learning that community and information is key to making your journey as easy and supported as possible. Don’t worry, we got you.
You’re Not Alone
Hearing loss can be isolating — but even if you feel lonely, you are not alone. In fact, you have 1.5 million neighbors in Washington State living with hearing loss. That’s why HLAA-WA is committed to providing you and others with support, resources, and a community of peers to help you thrive.
Hearing Loss and Mental Health
Hearing loss — and its perceived stigma — often leads to isolation which can lead to depression, anxiety, and other serious mental health issues. In older adults, hearing loss is associated with cognitive decline and dementia. Understanding the signs of mental illness is critical — and can even be life-saving.
Find a Support Meeting
Getting together with other people who are living with hearing loss can ease your hearing loss journey. Online or in person, our support meetings are an opportunity to talk with people facing the same challenges and who can provide emotional support and practical help.
Hearing Loss FAQ
There are so many questions that come with hearing loss. What causes hearing loss? How to find a hearing health professional? What is the best hearing aid to buy? Our FAQ offers answers to these common questions and many more.
But I’m Not Ready for Hearing Aids
That’s okay! There are many options to help you hear better in different situations. The important thing is to have a hearing test to learn your level of hearing loss. Then have fun exploring the options — we have listed technologies for specific scenarios like watching television, talking on the phone, and more.
Help for Family and Friends
If you or someone close to you has a hearing loss, practicing communication strategies can help. Check our tips and reduce stress, improve your relationships, and build positive interactions and good memories. And the sooner action is taken, the better.
How to Ask for Hearing Help
Getting comfortable asking for hearing accommodations can make all the difference in your ability to excel at work, engage in your community, participate in your healthcare, and connect with your family and friends. The good news is: the art of self-advocacy gets easier with practice.
Services & Resources
In addition to HLAA-Washington, there are a number of organizations offering support for specific aspects of hearing loss. Find services that focus on hearing health, technology and equipment, employment assistance and helpful for families with deaf and/or hard of hearing children.
Blogs, Podcasts and Publications
Thanks to an increased awareness and acceptance of hearing loss, there is a growing body of resources available. People living with hearing loss are writing great blogs, hosting podcasts, and publishing magazines. We’ve compiled a few of our favorites for you.