Health—General & Rehabilitative

HEARING LOSS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA INC

  • Bethesda, MD
  • http://www.hearingloss.org

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.

Main Programs

  1. HLAA Annual Convention
  2. National Walk4Hearing
  3. Hearing Loss Magazine
  4. National Network of Chapters and State Organizations
  5. Hearing Loss Support Specialist Training (HLSST)
  6. Hearing Assistive Technology Training Program
  7. Hearing Loop Consumer Awareness, Education & Advocacy Program
  8. HLAA Leadership Training Program
  9. HLAA Online Resource Center

service areas

International

Self-reported by organization

ruling year

2001

chief executive

Ms. Anna Gilmore Hall

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Keywords

Hearing Loss, Hard of Hearing, Hearing Health, Hearing, Ears

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EIN

52-1177011

Physical Address

7910 Woodmont Avenue Suite 1200

Bethesda, MD 20814

Also Known As

Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

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

Programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Program 1

HLAA Annual Convention

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.

Category

None

Budget

Population Served

Deaf and Hearing Impaired

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

General Public/Unspecified

Program 2

National Walk4Hearing

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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None

Budget

Population Served

Deaf and Hearing Impaired

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

General Public/Unspecified

Program 3

Hearing Loss Magazine

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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None

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Population Served

Deaf and Hearing Impaired

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

General Public/Unspecified

Program 4

National Network of Chapters and State Organizations

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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None

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Population Served

Deaf and Hearing Impaired

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

None

Program 5

Hearing Loss Support Specialist Training (HLSST)

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.

Category

None

Budget

Population Served

Deaf and Hearing Impaired

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

General Public/Unspecified

Program 6

Hearing Assistive Technology Training Program

A 3-day hands-on train-the-trainer program on hearing assistive technology program for consumers with hearing loss.

Category

None

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Population Served

Deaf and Hearing Impaired

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

General Public/Unspecified

Program 7

Hearing Loop Consumer Awareness, Education & Advocacy Program

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

Category

None

Budget

Population Served

Deaf and Hearing Impaired

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

General Public/Unspecified

Program 8

HLAA Leadership Training Program

A 3-day, hands-on training program of HLAA chapter and Walk4Hearing volunteer leaders to strengthen chapters and local Walks.

Category

None

Budget

Population Served

Deaf and Hearing Impaired

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

General Public/Unspecified

Program 9

HLAA Online Resource Center

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.

Category

Assistive Technology Equipment Provision

Budget

$350,000.00

Population Served

Deaf and Hearing Impaired

General Public/Unspecified

None

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    HLAA’s mission is to open the world of communication to people with hearing loss by providing information, education, support and advocacy.

    HLAA represents the 48 million (20%) Americans with hearing loss, making it the third largest public health issue after heart disease and arthritis. However, fewer than 20% of those with hearing loss, who require intervention and treatment, seek help for their condition. HLAA helps consumers with hearing loss to live successfully with hearing loss.

    Untreated hearing loss has been shown to impact a person’s overall health and quality of life, sometimes leading to social isolation, depression and even dementia. People with hearing loss face significant barriers in seeking to access the central elements of mainstream American culture and earn less on average than the rest of the American workforce.

    HLAA works to eradicate the stigma associated with hearing loss and raise public awareness about the need for prevention, treatment, and regular hearing screenings. HLAA works to make hearing assistive technology accessible and affordable for all Americans with hearing loss.

    Education: Our primary purpose is to educate ourselves, our families, friends, co-workers, teachers, hearing health care providers, industry, government, and others about hearing loss. HLAA seeks to help people with hearing loss become informed and educated consumers on options that are available and to make the best decisions on how to deal with hearing loss.

    Advocacy: HLAA is the nation’s leading consumer voice in improving communication access for people with hearing loss. HLAA advocates for communication access in public and private venues. HLAA promotes emerging and assistive technologies, medical research, and legislation that will alleviate the effects of hearing loss. HLAA pushes for research on understanding the causes of hearing loss and for the development of new treatments.

    Self-Help: HLAA promotes self-confidence; empowers individuals with skills to improve their lives; and provides an opportunity for affiliation among people with hearing loss, their friends, families, and professionals. We work to develop options for ourselves and open doors for others and provide support in setting up local support groups.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    1 – Advocacy

    Our advocacy focuses on gaining access to mainstream American culture for people with hearing loss in such areas as technology, telecommunications, hearing health care, employment, education, and leadership, to name a few. HLAA continues to build on this legacy of success by: supporting expanded options to access hearing health care; promoting affordable hearing technologies; advocating for access to mainstream consumer technologies in the marketplace. HLAA will pursue opportunities for collaboration on local, regional and national advocacy efforts.

    2 – Collaboration with the Grass Roots Base

    HLAA is working to build a more robust collaborative network among the national headquarters, chapters, state organizations and other elements of our base of support which is critical to the long-term health of HLAA. This requires a vibrant multi-directional and ongoing dialogue so that HLAA leverages all our strength in our undertakings.

    3 – Services to Constituents

    HLAA offers a wide-array of services to our constituents through our local, state, regional and national arms including personal support and training in self-advocacy. Informational resources, including those available and downloadable from our website, cover a wide breadth of topics.

    4 – Growing the Grass Roots Base of Support

    HLAA seeks to expand its reach and build its effectiveness to attract a larger number of people with hearing loss to our cause by leveraging our contacts in the hearing health community and related organizations to expand our membership and grass roots base.

    B. Organizational Strength

    1 – Finances

    HLAA must grow and diversify its revenue base while positioning ourselves to leverage unanticipated opportunities. HLAA continues to be fiscally responsible and prudent in the utilization of resources and strive to maintain ‘added value’ for our donors, members and constituents.

    2 – Organization and Leadership

    HLAA is a network of chapters and state organizations along with a substantial number of donors, supporters and volunteers across the country. To strengthen our network HLAA seeks to create a better integrated network, collaborating more effectively and learning from the many successes we have achieved across the country and grow our base of support, recognizing that there is power in numbers, which will enhance our ability to influence public policy and engage with the private sector.

    3 – Name Recognition and Branding

    HLAA seeks to enhance our name recognition in the marketplace and elevate and protect the brand. We seek to work with ways to increase our visibility across the country; work closely with our chapters, state organizations and local Walk4Hearing volunteers to foster consistent use of our branding elements to assure that the image of HLAA is consistent, effective and relevant.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    HLAA has an active board of trustees and an experienced staff at the national office, comprised of both people with hearing loss and those with hearing, who are dedicated to the success of the mission of the organization. The grass roots network is comprised of volunteers and supporters in 200 local chapters and state organizations that work in their communities and states on behalf of people with hearing loss and provide information, education, advocacy and support.

    HLAA’s signature public awareness program is the Walk4Hearing which takes place in 21 cities across the country. Since the program began in 2006, more than 58,000 walkers have raised over $9 million to advance the cause for people with hearing loss. The Walk4Hearing program brings together a diverse group of participants, including many families, and offers local hearing groups an opportunity to partner with HLAA to raise funds for their own groups. The number of Walks, the amount of funds raised at each Walk, the number of national corporate sponsorships, and public recognition of the Walks increases significantly each year with the potential for continued growth.

    HLAA’s Annual Convention and Tradeshow brings together attendees and participants from across the country. The educational programs include: consumer, chapter, and advocacy workshops; the highly regarded, Research Symposium; along with networking and social events, that bring together people with hearing loss, their families, hearing health care professionals and as well as manufacturers of hearing assistive, emerging and consumer technologies. The number of Convention attendees has grown to between 1200-1500 participants attending each year with potential for continued growth. A small, but growing number of young adults are also choosing to attend. The number of corporate sponsorships and tradeshow exhibitors has grown and has the potential for continued growth.

    HLAA’s successful national, state and local advocacy efforts in public policy and before regulatory agencies continue to impact the lives of millions of Americans with hearing loss. HLAA’s advocacy, particularly at the national level, has led to significant advances in communication access, public policy, research, public awareness, and improved service delivery related to hearing loss.

    HLAA has a long history of working collaboratively with like-minded groups, organizations and individuals who share our mission and goals. HLAA continues to build new partnerships and others continue to seek to partner with HLAA.

    HLAA’s financial position remains sound and diversified revenue continues to grow through individual and corporate donations, sponsorships, foundation and corporate grants, membership, planned gifts and advertising.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    HLAA’s success is continually evaluated through both qualitative and quantitative evaluations as outlined in the organization’s strategic plan. All departments track their accomplishments, under the direction of and overseen by the executive director, who submits a comprehensive report at each board meeting for the trustees review.

    HLAA’s annual board meeting is held in June at the organization’s Annual Convention. The meeting is open to HLAA members and to the public. The executive director and board of trustees conduct an annual review of HLAA’s finances, programs, advocacy, and initiatives, based on the strategic plan and annual goals. Indicators of success will include: increased and diversified revenue streams; increased membership; investment in infrastructure and capacity-building; building HLAA’s brand; advocacy and public policy success; program growth and outreach; an increase in Convention attendees; an increase in the number of Walks and walkers; and other indicators as outlined in the strategic plan.

    Over the long-term, success will be evident as HLAA moves closer to achieving the organization’s mission.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Since its founding in 1979, HLAA has grown from a small grassroots movement to a nationally recognized organization. In 2012, HLAA adopted a Statement of Strategic Intent, identifying HLAA’s new goals. The Statement is the result of a year-long organizational review, with input from many stakeholders, of the organization’s strengths and weaknesses. The Statement sets forth a plan to address the current and future needs of the organization that will best meet the mission of the organization and the needs of the 48 million Americas with hearing loss.

    In 2014:

    1-HLAA successfully advocated for mandated closed captioning and hearing assisitive technology in public movie theaters
    2-HLAA successfully advocated for carriers to agree to deliver text messages to 911 public safety answering points
    3-HLAA renewed a grant from a private foundation to support a national consumer advocacy and training program on hearing loops for HLAA chapters
    4-HLAA was recommended by international columnist Dear Abby
    5-HLAA is conducting the Walk4Hearing program in 21 communities across the country to raise funds, public awareness and remove the stigma of hearing loss
    6-HLAA produced its Annual Convention & Tradeshow in Austin, TX with 1200 attendees − offering a well-regarded Research Symposium, educational workshops, networking and social opportunities, and scholarships for Veterans with hearing loss to attend
    7-HLAA is working to increase HLAA’s membership by offering a multi-year membership program
    8-HLAA is increasing the number of HLAA chapters and state organizations and offering more technical support to build chapter capacity
    9-HLAA is updating it’s database and other technology upgrades
    10-HLAA is increased HLAA’s free online e-News to twice monthly - one exclusively for Advocacy
    11-HLAA continues to bring the latest news and information via HLAA’s website hearingloss.org
    12-HLAA is increasing HLAA’s social media presence
    14-HLAA publishes Hearing Loss Magazine six times a year and makes archieved editions available for free
    15-HLAA is enhancing national, state and local advocacy efforts
    16-HLAA is partnering with more organizations that share our mission
    17-HLAA received GuideStar’s Gold Star Exchange Participant status for organizational transparency
    19-HLAA approved and published HLAA’s Charitable Gift Acceptance Policies and Guidelines on our website hearingloss.org
    20-HLAA increased our foundation and corporate grants
    22-HLAA increased National Walk4Hearing corporate sponsorships
    23-HLAA offers a free monthly webinar program for people with hearing loss on timely topics
    24-HLAA is recognized as a Top-Rated Nonprofit by GreatNonProfits.org
    25-HLAA continues to participate in the Combined Federal Campaign
    26-HLAA is recognized as a Best in America - Charities Seal of Excellence

service areas

International

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Blog

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Social Media

@https://www.facebook.com/HearingLossAssociation

@https://twitter.com/HLAA

@https://www.linkedin.com/company/hearing-loss-association-of-america-hlaa

@https://www.youtube.com/user/hearinglossaa

Funding Needs

Funding Needs: 1- Program Development 2- Organizational Capacity Building 3- Technology

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Financials

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HEARING LOSS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA
Fiscal year: Sep 01-Aug 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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HEARING LOSS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA INC

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Ms. Anna Gilmore Hall

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Margaret Wallhagen Ph.D.

University of California San Francisco

Term: June 2014 - June 2016

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


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