Media Center and Press Kit

The Hearing Loss Association of America—Washington State (HLAA-WA) is a volunteer-led nonprofit organization affiliated with the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) headquartered in Rockvillle, Maryland.  Our mission is to help people with hearing loss via peer support, education, improved hearing access, and policy advocacy.

For press inquiries, contact Cheri Perazzoli, HLAA-WA President: access@hearingloss-wa.org.


Quotes

“People with hearing loss aren’t victims. With information, support, technologies, and HLAA headquarters and local chapters standing with us, we advocate for ourselves and others, in ways big and small.”
Cheri Perazzoli
HLAA-WA President

“My best advice for someone with hearing loss is get your primary physician to write a note stating you need a hearing test. Find an audiologist, preferably not too far from your home. You might just need a few appointments to get programmed…and then let me see your big smile.”
Sandra Bunning
HLAA-WA Trustee

Through the HOPE meetings, I’ve learned of new captioning programs, how people are using their phones to communicate in medical appointments, ordering a latte, and help with just any time there is a real-life challenge understanding another person. With all our struggles along the way, it’s still the best of times to be HOH, and that’s what we share and get from these wonderful HOPE meetings.”
Karen Utter
HLAA-WA Board/Trustee Emeritus

“I wore hearing aids for years without knowing I had a telecoil or what it could do for me. Living with a profound hearing loss, I was severely depressed, isolated, angry, shut in and shut off from the world. Once I learned about the telecoil, it literally transformed my life 100%! A simple switch on my hearing aids, that had been there the whole time, now enabled me communication access to see a play at the Seattle Rep, or sit in on a meeting at Seattle City Hall, or hear a speaker at Town Hall—all venues with installed hearing loops!”
Kimberly Parker
Former HLAA-WA Trustee
HOPE Crew Member


Photos

The following photos are available to the press and other organizations for fair use. We also have other photos available. Please contact us with requests for additional photos or sizes: webmaster@hearingloss-wa.org.

Color photo of a woman smiling. She's wearing glasses and a jean jacket.
Cheri Perazzoli, HLAA-WA president, member of the HLAA board of directors, Loop Washington founder, and HLAA’s Get in the Hearing Loop national program chair.
Color photo of a man and a woman talking. We are looking over his shoulder. There's a framed picture and people talking in the background.
Cheri Perazzoli, HLAA-WA President, member of the HLAA board of directors, Loop Washington Founder, and HLAA’s Get in the Hearing Loop program chair at the launch of the Seattle Rep’s hearing loops.
Color photo of a woman in a sparkling black dress making a ta-DAH! gesture with her arms and hands. She's gesturing at a large sign that says hearing loop installed and also has the blue background and white ear with the letter T as the the symbol of hearing loss access via hearing loop.
Hearing loss advocate Kimberly Parker was one of many local and national stars at the launch part of Seattle Rep’s hearing loops.
Color photo of a woman in a black dress. She's standing behind a podium that says Town Hall Seattle.
Cheri Perazzoli, HLAA-WA President, member of the HLAA board of directors, Loop Washington Founder, and HLAA’s Get in the Hearing Loop program chair at the launch of Town Hall Seattle’s first hearing loops. Today you’ll find hearing loops in all three of Town Hall’s performance spaces.

Videos

Starring HLAA-WA member Kimberly Parker and produced by Rooted in Rights, this video explains why it’s important to always use a microphone in meetings and events.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5JPdVZlwLg
The Federal Way Performing Arts Center installed hearing loops in 2017. Cheri Perazzoli is interviewed and explains why loops help patrons.

Logos

Hearing Loss Association of America Washington State
Our logo as the Washington State HLAA Association.
The logo for the national HLAA organization.
This logo is for Loop Washington, an initiative of HLAA-WA founded by Cheri Perazzoli. Loop Washington is part of the national HLAA Get in the Hearing Loop program.
The logo for HLAA’s Get in the Hearing Loop program.
The HLAA-WA version of the logo for the HLAA’s Get in the Hearing Loop program.
For anyone who supports hearing loops, the “proud supporter” logo for the HLAA’s Get in the Hearing Loop program.

Communication Access Signs

Venues are required to post signs that show where assistive listening systems are installed. Signs are incredibly helpful for people with hearing loss.

International symbol for hearing access via telecoil. Blue/purple background, white ear, and the letter T. The sign reads hearing loop, switch hearing device to t-coil.
This symbol alerts people with hearing los that a hearing loop system is available. It’s similar to a sign indicating a wheelchair-accessible space.
International symbol for assistive listening availability. Blue background, white ear, and the words assistive listening system, a neckloop or headphones available on request.
This symbol alerts people with hearing loss that an assistive listening system is available. It’s similar to a sign indicating a wheelchair-accessible space.

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