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HEARING LOSS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA INC Name provided directly to GuideStar from organization* as of: 07/16/2015: HEARING LOSS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA INC

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 08/10/2015: HEARING LOSS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA INC

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AKA  Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)
Bethesda, MD
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HEARING LOSS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA INC Name provided directly to GuideStar from organization* as of: 07/16/2015: HEARING LOSS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA INC

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 08/10/2015: HEARING LOSS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA INC

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Also Known As: Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)
Physical Address: Bethesda, MD 20814 
EIN: 52-1177011
Web URL: www.hearingloss.org 
NTEE Category: E Health—General & Rehabilitative
E99 Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C.
B Educational Institutions
B99 Education N.E.C.
R Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
R99 Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C.
Year Founded: 1979 
Ruling Year: 2001 


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Mission Statement

The mission of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is to open the world of communication to people with hearing loss by providing information, education, support and advocacy. HLAA,  founded in 1979, is the nation's leading organization representing people with hearing loss. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 48 million (20%) Americans have a hearing loss making it the third largest public health issue after heart disease and arthritis.

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Fiscal Year Starting: September 1, 2013
Fiscal Year Ending: August 31, 2014

Total Revenue $2,470,733
Total Expenses $2,168,472

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Ms. Anna Gilmore Hall

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Programs

Program: HLAA Annual Convention (GuideStar Nonprofit Profile
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Category:
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Population Served:
Deaf and Hearing Impaired
Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified
General Public/Unspecified

Program Description:

Held annually, the HLAA convention is completely hearing accessible to people with hearing loss. A wide-range of up-to-date information is made available to attendees and hearing health professionals through educational workshops that are eligible for CEU's, a research symposium, and a large trade show exhibiting the latest hearing assistive and consumer technology.

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Program: National Walk4Hearing (GuideStar Nonprofit Profile
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Category:
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Population Served:
Deaf and Hearing Impaired
Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified
General Public/Unspecified

Program Description:

HLAA's National Walk4Hearing takes place in 21 cities across the country. The Walks are managed by the national office and led by local volunteer chapter members to raise public awareness and reduce the stigma of hearing loss.      

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Program: Hearing Loss Magazine (GuideStar Nonprofit Profile
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Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified
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Program Description:

Hearing Loss Magazine contains articles on a wide-range of topics related to hearing loss including: hearing assistive technology, personal experiences in living with hearing loss, hearing loss coping strategies and the latest news concerning the hearing loss community. The magazine is published bi-monthly and available to members, libraries and health care professionals. Hearing Loss Magazine is also available online at www.hearingloss.org.

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Program: National Network of Chapters and State Organizations (GuideStar Nonprofit Profile
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Population Served:
Deaf and Hearing Impaired
Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified
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Program Description:

HLAA has a national network of 200 chapters and 14 state organizations across the country that provide support, information, and advocacy in local communties for people with hearing loss.

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Program: Hearing Loss Support Specialist Training (HLSST) (GuideStar Nonprofit Profile
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Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified
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Program Description:

This program provides core knowledge and understanding for individuals who work with, or wish to work with, people impacted by hearing loss. It is not restricted to any one profession or discipline. The program is beneficial to professionals or volunteers who provide support for people with hearing loss.

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Program: Hearing Assistive Technology Training Program (GuideStar Nonprofit Profile
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Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified
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A 3-day hands-on train-the-trainer program on hearing assistive technology program for consumers with hearing loss.

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Program: Hearing Loop Consumer Awareness, Education & Advocacy Program (GuideStar Nonprofit Profile
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Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified
General Public/Unspecified

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A program to educate HLAA chapters and state organizations about the many benefits of hearing loops in public and private venues.

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Program: HLAA Leadership Training Program (GuideStar Nonprofit Profile
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A 3-day, hands-on training program of HLAA chapter and Walk4Hearing volunteer leaders to strengthen chapters and local Walks.

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Program: HLAA Online Resource Center (GuideStar Nonprofit Profile
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Budget:
$350,000
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Assistive Technology Equipment Provision
Population Served:
Deaf and Hearing Impaired
General Public/Unspecified
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Program Description:

Hearing Loss Association of America’s (HLAA) online resource center is a web-based platform for HAT information, strategies, and support. It is a definitive, centralized source for consumers to cut through confusing information and impractical or unhealthy solutions. HLAA matches - in one place - consumer needs with technology solutions to transform lives. Google, WebMD, and Angie’s List all demonstrate the viable of an interactive web-based platform to change lives. HLAA proposes to become the Angie’s List for hearing health and assistive technology.

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Every person affected by hearing loss will have a central source data center to match their needs for Hearing Assistive Technology with solutions to transform and improve lives.

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HLAA’s web-based platform will create a highly interactive experience and transform how consumers access information on hearing health and assistive technology. It will allow consumers to test their hearing, evaluate hearing assistive technology, ask questions, receive support, and vet proprietors of hearing assistive technology. It can transform how consumers access, use, and evaluate information. Consumers can use their smart devices at a time and place of their choosing. HLAA connects consumer needs to technology solutions to support living successful lives.

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Strategic partnerships, direct matching of hearing coaches with clients, use of retail distributors, direct mail, and awareness campaigns are recognized as elements of an increasingly integrated approach to scale and outreach.

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Globally, 1.23 billion people live with hearing loss. Hearing Assistive Technology (HAT), when used with hearing aids and cochlear implants, will improve the ability to function in everyday situations, increase independence at home, school, and work, and prevent the isolation that can occur with hearing loss. Most people are unaware of the available Hearing Assistive Technology (HAT) solutions. This central source, providing consumers, health care professionals, and manufacturers with unbiased performance data, product solutions, and practical information will lead to informed decisions on HAT.
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2014 HLAA's Accomplishments - Raised national public awareness by holding a National Walk4Hearing in 21 cities across the country - Partnered with local alliance partners to raise funds for community programs and activities for people with hearing loss - Produced HLAA's Annual Convention in Austin, TX - increasing the number of young adults and veterans attending - Increased HLAA's national membership - Introduced an Advocacy online e-News each month - Continue to bring current and timely information and support to people with hearing loss though HLAA's website hearingloss.org - Published bi-monthly Hearing Loss Magazine and made available free archived editions on HLAA's website - Provided Hearing Loop Advocacy Training to HLAA Chapters and audiologists across the country - Enhanced advocacy efforts on the federal, state and local levels and partnering with organizations that share our mission - Increased HLAA's presence on Social Media - Developed Employment Toolkit - free and downloadable from website - for people with hearing loss - Awarded $25,000 grant from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for Consumer Technology Initiative - Awarded $30,000 grant from Consumer Electronics Association Foundation for Consumer Technology Initiative - Awarded $140,000 grant from David & Carol Myers Foundation for Hearing Loop Program and the Consumer Technology Initiative - Advocated successfully - closed captioning & hearing assistive technology in movie theaters
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The Hearing Loss Association of America educates individuals with any degree of hearing loss, as well as their families, their employers, and government entities. They act as advocates for the deaf population when dealing with organizations and companies such as the FCC, DOJ, congress, cell phone providers, airports, hearing aid manufacturers, and more. Other

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The organization's current executive director is a powerhouse, pulling together leadership of state and local organizations and moving the organization forward, making a very real impact. Their annual convention brings together providers, manufacturers, researchers and thousands of people with hearing loss. Other

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The association could do more with better funding. Other
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