The Hearing Loss Association of America, California State Association, Inc. (HLAA-CA) is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization that provides information, education, support, and advocacy services to Californians with hearing loss, their families, and their friends. HLAA-CA is affiliated with the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA). HLAA-CA was founded by a group of HLAA California state leaders in 1989.
The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is the nation’s leading organization representing people with hearing loss. HLAA is an international, non-sectarian, 501(c)(3) exempt organization. HLAA provides information, education, support, and advocacy services to people with hearing loss, their relatives, and their friends. HLAA is headquartered in Bethesda, MD. HLAA (formerly Self Help for Hard of Hearing People, Inc., or SHHH) was founded in 1979 by Howard E. “Rocky” Stone, who had a bilateral hearing loss.
Anyone residing in California who has joined our national organization (HLAA) is a member of HLAA-CA.
WHAT DOES HLAA-CA DO?
• publishes a newsletter, The Hearing Loss Californian, four times a year.
• sponsors state conferences.
• provides community outreach on hearing loss related issues.
• supports local chapters throughout California.
OUR MISSION: To open the world of communication to people with hearing loss by providing information, education, support and advocacy.
• Education: Our primary purpose is to educate ourselves, our families, friends, coworkers, teachers, hearing health care providers, industry, government, and others about hearing loss.
• Self Help: HLAA believes people with hearing loss can help themselves and one another to participate fully and successfully in society.
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.
• Advocacy: HLAA is a leading voice in improving communication access for people with hearing loss.