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HLAA - DC Walk Details

Walk page:

Saturday, October 22, 2016


Cameron Run Regional Park
4001 Eisenhower Ave
Alexandria, VA

9am - Registration/Check-in
10am - Walk begins
Distance: 5K (3.1 miles)

Walk Chairs:
Ann Rancourt
Ronnie Adler



Do you have a hearing loss due to military service? A report from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs estimated that more than 59,000 military members are on disability for hearing loss from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

HLAA was founded in 1979 by Howard “Rocky” Stone, a retired CIA agent, who endured hearing loss from his service in the United States Army. Rocky was well-known in the agency for both his skill and his hearing loss. On one occasion he was having a hard time “hearing” when talking with then-Director Richard Helms, so Rocky plopped himself on Helms’ desk and asked him to face him directly so he could read his lips! Another time, his old-fashioned body hearing aid was mistaken for a recording spy device and was confiscated. Rocky earned the Agency’s highest honor and went onto establish an organization for people who have hearing loss and want to stay in the hearing world with technology and strategies.

Learn more on the HLAA website



People with hearing loss often need help in determining how best to address their needs. Hearing aids can be very helpful. But they come with a wide variety of optional features including, but not limited to, telecoils, directional microphones, noise suppression, feedback cancellation, Bluetooth, self-adjusting volume controls, etc. Which ones do you need? And then what other technologies and personal strategies should you consider, recognizing that even well-fitted, top of the line, hearing aids, while very useful, have important limitations? Finding the right answer for yourself involves both reflection and advice from the professionals -- a personal hearing needs assessment. Come hear Dr. Larry Medwetsky address this important topic.

Dr. Larry Medwetsky is Associate Professor and Chairman of the Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences Department at Gallaudet University.  His specialties include spoken language processing, diagnostic assessment, hearing aid amplification, hearing assistive technology, educational audiology, and hearing loss prevention.

Date and Time: Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 2:00pm

Place: DC Public Library at Tenleytown (large meeting room), 4450 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016 (less than a block from the Tenleytown Station on Metro’s Red Line)

Real-time captioning and a looping system will be available for all attendees.

All are welcome. There is no charge.



Business Wire
March 21, 2016

BETHESDA, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Barbara Kelley as the new executive director of HLAA. Her appointment is effective immediately.

Margaret Wallhagen, Ph.D., chairperson of the Board, commented, “Barbara’s commitment to HLAA is unquestionable. Her 28 years of dedicated service to the organization in various roles is exemplary. She has not only shown great leadership and fortitude in stepping into the acting executive director role this past January but also expresses a vision for the future that exemplifies an understanding of the needs of persons with hearing loss. We have every confidence she will transition smoothly into the official executive director role.”

A search committee was appointed in February and chaired by HLAA Board member Jan Blustein, M.D., Ph.D. Blustein commented, “In her years rising through the ranks and culminating in serving as the deputy executive director for the past eight years, Barbara has won the admiration of the HLAA community. We found deep support for her candidacy within HLAA and among our outside stakeholders. Her blend of abilities, talents, and familiarity with HLAA’s environment is just what we were looking for in our next executive director.”

Hired by Founder Rocky Stone in 1988, Barbara has been a part of the organization’s growth, beginning with editing the first issues of the SHHH Journal until most recently the award-winning Hearing Loss Magazine. She has also helped manage the office team and worked on many of the HLAA programs.

Barbara said, “It has been my life’s work to contribute to the mission of the organization through a range of activities. I look forward to using my history and knowledge of the organization to ensure that HLAA remains the valued consumer voice for people with hearing loss in both shaping public policy and helping people live well with hearing loss. I’m energized by our members and supporters whose dedication to HLAA is unwavering. I look forward to working with our members, board, supporters and staff in my role as executive director.”

About the Hearing Loss Association of America

The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), founded in 1979 as Self Help for Hard of Hearing People (SHHH), opens the world of communication to people with hearing loss through information, education, support and advocacy. HLAA produces the Walk4Hearing® in 22 cities across the country, publishes the bimonthly Hearing Loss Magazine, holds annual conventions (Convention 2016 is June 23 -26 in Washington, DC), advocates for the rights of people with hearing loss, conducts educational webinars, and has an extensive network of chapters and state organizations across the country. For more information, visit


Hearing Loss Association of America
Margaret Wallhagen, Ph.D., 301-657-2248
Chairperson, HLAA Board of Trustees


Hearing aids and cochlear implants help a lot. So too do assistive listening devices. But those of us with hearing loss quickly come to recognize that technology alone doesn’t provide all that we need to successfully and comfortably communicate with friends, family, and colleagues. We need to also develop our own strategies for enhancing our understanding and participation in dialogue in social and professional settings. At this holiday season, with its parties and family get-togethers this is especially important.

Come share with us what works for you (and what doesn’t). Bring along your spouse, significant others, close friends as they too are an important part of a successful communications strategy. This will be a dialogue. We have much to learn from each other.

Date and Time: Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 2:00pm

Place: DC Public Library at Tenleytown (large meeting room), 4450 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016 (less than a block from the Tenleytown Station on Metro’s Red Line)

Real-time captioning and a looping system will be available for all attendees.

All are welcome. There is no charge



You can find  the Hearing Loss Association of America's listing of Webinars on the following topics from the link below.

  • A Smartphone Is a Hearing Assistive Technology
  • Introducing MED-EL’s SYNCHRONY Cochlear Implant System: In Sync with Natural Hearing
  • What a Person with Hearing Loss Needs to Know Before a Medical Encounter
  • Gaining Greater Access for People with Hearing Loss
  • Reshaping Antibiotics to Prevent Hearing Loss
  • Four Agreements for People with Hearing Loss


HLAA's Transcripts/Replay Webinars page


Do you watch your local news with captions? If so, we need your input! It’ll take just a few minutes and will help guide the future of national accessibility laws for closed captioning.

As part of its landmark closed caption quality initiative, the Federal Communications Commission is examining the quality of closed captions for live news programming in local markets, particularly in smaller markets that use the Electronic Newsroom Technique (ENT) for captions. HLAA in collaboration with the FCC, the National Association of Broadcasters, and TDI (Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing) and NAD (National Association of the Deaf) is launching a consumer survey to examine the quality of ENT captioning on local news programming.

If you watch local news with captions, please take 10 minutes to fill out the following survey:

The results will be included as part of a report to the FCC that will factor into possible changes around the legal rules for news captioning.

We'd be grateful for your support if you could take the survey and share your experience with us; it will help us in our efforts in working with FCC to improve local news captioning!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us!




The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), in partnership with Gallaudet University, the American Institutes for Research (AIR), and Hands & Voices, is seeking applicants for a volunteer consumer train-the-trainer program. The Network of Consumer Hearing Assistive Technology Trainers (N-CHATT) is a network of consumer trainers with the knowledge and skills necessary to train others impacted by hearing loss in the successful integration of hearing assistive technology to support individual hearing and communication needs at home, work, school, and the community.

The consumer train-the-trainer program will be provided over a nine month period and begins in October, 2015. The training will be provided through a blended learning format that will include access to an online community, webinars, and one in-person two-day training at the HLAA home office in Bethesda, Maryland. All trainers are required to attend the June HLAA Convention 2016 in Washington, D.C. following the conclusion of the training portion of the program. Interested applicants must commit to outreach and implementation of at least three (3) community training events before the June HLAA Convention 2016. These events are for individuals in the community with hearing loss and those who work with individuals with hearing loss.

Training materials, lodging, breakfast and lunch during the two day meeting will be provided for selected participants. Participants are responsible for transportation and time to participate both online and in the two-day in-person training. Registration and expenses related to attendance and travel to the HLAA Annual Convention 2016 will be the responsibility of the participant.

Selected applicants are parents of children with hearing loss and adults with hearing loss who currently use hearing assistive technology in personal and public situations such as using the telephone, during face-to-face communication, interacting with media, and using alerting devices that make audible signals visual and/or tactile.  Individuals selected should be comfortable using technology.  Additionally, applicants should have some experience with training and facilitation and currently or will become a member of HLAA prior to the start of training. Trainers will be responsible for collecting and reporting feedback using provided reporting forms during training and for training events conducted in the community.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer consumer trainer please complete the application form found at the following link:

Applications are due on: JUNE 15, 2015. Following completion of the application form, please send three references along with your resume, work history, or Linkedin webpage link to:

Questions about the program and/or application should be directed to:

We look forward to working with you to become a consumer trainer.

This training is supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), through Gallaudet University’s Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) (Grant #H133E140056).





AARP Bulletin
by Katherine Bouton
May 20,2015

Do you love the theater but rarely go because you can’t understand the dialogue or lyrics?

Fortunately there are several solutions to this problem beyond the familiar infrared headphones that many theaters offer. And those with hearing loss can even get discount tickets to many shows.

First, about infrared. Theaters that seat more than 50 people are required, under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), to provide hearing assistance. Most offer infrared systems. If you have mild to moderate hearing loss and can manage without a hearing aid, you use a headset with earbuds provided by the theater. Earbuds are more effective than over-the-ear headphones — though some people are squeamish about using earbuds that others have used.

If you need to wear your hearing aid, you can use over-the-ear headphones. If you need to turn the sound up, however, the noise may seep out and bother your neighbors. Also, as activist Janice Schacter Lintz points out in an article about theater access, they also may not work if you have behind-the-ear hearing aids.

If you have hearing aids with a telecoil, you can use an infrared receiver worn around the neck,  . . .

Read more  .AARP . . Theater



HLAA-DC is pleased to present this program featuring Valerie Stafford-Malis, Business Development Manager at Alternative Communication Services (ACS) and member of the HLAA Board of Trustees. You may recall that this program was originally scheduled for early March, but had to be postponed due to snow.

When: Thursday, April 16th from 7:30-8:45 pm
Where: Gallaudet University
800 Florida Avenue Northeast,
Washington, DC 20002
I King Jordan Academic Center Building
Room: 1011


Further information is provided in the attachment.

DOWNLOAD - Workplace_Survival_Flyer


All are welcome!


Many thanks to Gallaudet University and to ACS for their support of this program.

Russell Misheloff
HLAA-DC Chapter
Washington, DC Area
Hearing Loss Association of America





HLAA fights for Officer Carione’s rights…and yours too!

HLAA works at the national level to make life better for people with hearing loss. Once a month we bring you the news on the hot issues, but you can always read the latest Advocacy News and Updates on our website. For more information or comments, email Lise Hamlin, director of public policy at HLAA.

A Win for Police Officers with Hearing Aids: HLAA Was There to Help

HLAA Joins Federal Communication Commission’s New Disability Advisory Committee

HLAA Participates in the Access Board’s Rail Vehicle Access Advisory Committee Meeting

See complete HLAA email . . .




The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Convention 2015
June 25 – 28

We are pleased to offer several Convention 2015 scholarships to HLAA members who have never attended a Convention before. Here’s the way it works:  you need only submit one application for the Rocky and Ahme Stone Endowment Scholarship (you may also nominate a HLAA member). At its March meeting, the Board of Trustees will select one recipient for this prestigious scholarship. Applications for those who are not selected will be used by HLAA staff in consideration for other scholarships. It is our goal to award a scholarship to all that apply – this is not a guarantee, however.

Deadline for submission: February 20

A limited number of Veterans with Hearing Loss Scholarships are also available. Please email Nancy Macklin for details and an application.

Should you have any questions, please contact Nancy Macklin at 301.657.2248 Ext. 106 or send email to





Alexander Graham Bell Association
Association of Late-Deafened Adults
Hearing Loss Association of America
National Association of the Deaf
National Association of Theatre Owners

Joint Recommendations to the Department of Justice RIN 1190-AA63, CRT Docket No. 126

Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability by Public Accommodations – Movie Theatres: Movie Captioning and Audio Description

READ DOCUMENT  - Joint Recommendations to the Department of Justice

Read Press Release 11/21/14 - DOWNLOAD - Joint Press Release (PDF)

View the live press conference Archive from Friday 11/21 from 10-11 AM EST


Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advocacy Groups and Movie Theater Owners
Joint Press Conference on Movie Captioning

National Press Club, Washington D.C.

November 21, 2014
10:00 - 11:00am ET

WATCH Webcast -
View the live press conference Archive from Friday 11/21 from 10-11 AM EST

Read Press Conference Announcement

(Washington, D.C. - 21 November 2014) The Alexander Graham Bell Association (AG Bell), the Association of Late Deafened Adults (ALDA), the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), and the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) today announced an agreement to file joint recommendations with the Department of Justice regarding its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on captioning equipment in U.S. movie theaters.


Commitments To Voluntary Actions To Improve Access Also Outlined

(Washington, D.C. - 21 November 2014) The Alexander Graham Bell Association (AG Bell), the Association of Late Deafened Adults (ALDA), the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), and the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) today announced an agreement to file joint recommendations with the Department of Justice regarding its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on captioning equipment in U.S. movie theaters.

After several weeks of discussions, the five organizations agreed on a set of recommendations (attached) to the DOJ to improve access to movies for deaf and hard of hearing patrons.

Read entire Press Release - DOWNLOAD - Joint Press Release (PDF)