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HEARING LOSS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA INC

AKA  Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)
Bethesda, MD
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Basic Organization Information

HEARING LOSS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA INC
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.

Legitimacy Information

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Fiscal Year Starting: September 1, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: August 31, 2013

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Ms. Anna Gilmore Hall

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Programs

Program: HLAA Annual Convention (GuideStar Exchange,
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Population Served:
Deaf and Hearing Impaired
Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified
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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 technology.

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Program: National Walk4Hearing (GuideStar Exchange,
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Deaf and Hearing Impaired
Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified
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Program Description:

HLAA's National Walk4Hearing takes place in 22 cities across the country. The Walks are managed by the nationl office and led by local volunteer chapter members to raise public awareness and reduce the stigma of hearing loss.     HLAA is a national membership organization. Its 200 local and 14 state chapters conduct educational and support meetings to help individuals  live and work successfully with hearing loss.   HLAA advocates on the national, state and local levels on issues that impact people with hearing loss. National and local chapter members conduct outreach to raise public awareness about the impact of hearing loss.

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Program: Hearing Loss Magazine (GuideStar Exchange,
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Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified
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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.

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Program: National Network of Chapters and State Organizations (GuideStar Exchange,
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Population Served:
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Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified
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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 (GuideStar Exchange,
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Population Served:
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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 Exchange,
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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 Exchange,
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Disabled, General or Disability 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: 3rd International Hearing Loop Conference Advocates Grant Program (GuideStar Exchange,
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Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified
General Public/Unspecified

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A program that underwrites airline travel expenses and conference registration fees for American hearing loop advocates to attend the 3rd International Hearing Loop Conference in the UK.

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Program: Hearing Assistive and Emerging Technologies Program (GuideStar Exchange,
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Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified
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A 3-day, train-the-trainer program on assistive and emerging technologies for consumers with hearing loss.

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Program: HLAA Leadership Training Program (GuideStar Exchange,
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Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified
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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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2013 HLAA's Accomplishments - Raised national public awareness by holding a National Walk4Hearing in 22 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 and Trade Show in Portland, OR - increasing the number of young adults and veterans attending and offering a Veterans Educational Track - Increased the number of Hearing Assistive Technology Training workshops by seeking additional funding support from corporations and foundations - Increased HLAA's national membership - Increased the number of HLAA Chapters and State Organizations and offering more technical support to help build chapter capacity - Increased the number of online e-News to twice per 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 more 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 - Increasing HLAA's presence on Social Media -Hired new executive director after national search when long-time executive director retired -Awarded grant for advocates to attend 3rd International Hearing Loop Conference
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Evidence of Impact

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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

Organizational Strengths

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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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