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Gael Hannan

“When I finally met other people with hearing loss, the lights went on, fireworks exploded, and angels danced. It was like falling in love – but with a group of people, with a new awareness, and with a new me.”

Gael Hannan
Hearing loss advocate, speaker, writer and humorist


Talking with — or just listening to — other people with hearing loss or tinnitus is a powerful step toward living well with your hearing loss. Whether you join an online HOPE meeting, area chapter meeting, or local support group, getting together with people who understand and share your experiences is uplifting and empowering. And in many cases, our support meetings have led to ongoing friendships.


Virtual Support Group

First Wednesday of each month, 4:00 – 5:15 pm

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Led by our HLAA-WA HOPE Crew, these online meetings offer an opportunity to meet other people living with hearing loss and to share successes, challenges, new knowledge and to receive support. Meetings are on Zoom, always free, captioned, and open to all, including friends and family.


HLAA-Whatcom County Chapter

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Led by a team of award-winning advocates, HLAA-Whatcom County hosts regular meetings, partners with local leaders, and promotes hearing loops across NW Washington State. The chapter meets at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, 2600 Lakeway Drive, Bellingham, Washington. Social time starts at 9:30 am, and the meeting is 10:00 – 11:30 am.


Renton Support Group

Second Friday, September thru June, 1:00 pm

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Led by HLAA-WA Board Trustee, Glenda Philio, the Renton Support Group provides camaraderie, information, and support. In-person meetings are held at the Renton Senior Activity Center located at 211 Burnett Avenue North in Renton, Washington. A hearing loop is available in the meeting room.


Lacey Support Group

First of the month (usually), 2:30 – 3:30 pm, no meetings in June or July 2024

Led by HLAA-WA Board Member Carolyn Odio, this hearing loss group meets in the Quinault Room at Panorama Senior Living in Lacey, Washington. Carolyn hopes that these will all be hybrid in-person/virtual meetings. For the zoom link, email Carolyn above. Note: Carolyn also has equipment to lend, plus she sends out a hearing loss e-news, so contact her for more information.



This is a fact: you will do better in your life with hearing loss if you, even once, make that connection with others living with hearing loss. Do it. 

~ Gael Hannan
Hearing loss advocate, speaker, writer, humorist