• Other Organizations

    National Organizations:

    Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (AGBell)
    AGBell is the largest organization in the U.S. focused on the needs of children with hearing loss who use auditory/oral approaches to communicate. AGBell provides ongoing support and advocacy for parents, professionals, and other interested parties. Auditory-Verbal International is now part of AGBell.

    American Academy of Audiology

    The American Academy of Audiology is the world’s largest professional organization of, by, and for audiologists. The active membership of more than 10,000 is dedicated to providing quality hearing care services through professional development, education, research, and increased public awareness of hearing and balance disorders.

    American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA)
    The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 145,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists and speech, language, and hearing scientists.

    American Tinnitus Association (ATA)
    The American Tinnitus Association exists to cure tinnitus through the development of resources that advance tinnitus research.

    Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA)
    The Association of Late-Deafened Adults is about communication and acceptance of every deafened individual. Some people lip-read, some sign, some use hearing aids, some have cochlear implants, and some need to have others write down what they are saying – and at ALDA all the above is okay! ALDAs official communication philosophy is “Whatever works!”

    Audient
    Audient helps low income people nationwide access quality hearing aids and related care at a significantly lower cost.

    Better Hearing Institute (BHI)
    BHI implements national public information programs on hearing loss and available medical, surgical, hearing aid, and rehabilitation assistance for millions of Americans with uncorrected hearing problems. BHI’s new initiative, Physican Referral Development Program, hopes to build a bridge between hearing professionals and family physicians.

    Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community
    Deaf and HOH Community to create a hearing loss community through open interactions between people with hearing loss.

    Deafness Research Foundation (DRF)
    DRF is the largest privately funded health organization committed to finding the causes of all forms of hearing loss as well as ways to prevent and treat such loss. In 1999, DRF launched its National Campaign for Hearing Health, a 5-year public outreach, professional education, and Government relations initiative to ensure that all Americans, especially children can benefit from research breakthroughs and understand the irreplaceable value of lifelong hearing health.

    Hands and Voices
    Hands & Voices is a nationwide non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families and their children who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as the professionals who serve them. They are a parent-driven, parent/professional collaborative group that is unbiased towards communication modes and methods.

    Hear the World
    Phonak’s Hear the World Foundation is committed to improve the quality of life and promote equal opportunities for people with hearing loss globally. To achieve this, the Foundation provides financial funds, hearing aids and assistive listening technology.

    Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)
    Hearing Loss Association of America is the largest consumer organization of hard of hearing people in the U.S. Hearing Loss Association of America  opens the world of communication to people with hearing loss who are committed to participating in the hearing world by providing information, education, support and advocacy.

    House Research Institute
    House Research Institute is a private, nonprofit research and professional education facility that investigates the causes of hearing loss and vestibular disorders. HEI also offers a full range of hearing tests, otologic and audiologic evaluation and treatment, hearing aid dispensing and cochlear implant services.

    John Tracy Clinic
    Providing Free services worldwide to families of preschool children with hearing loss. Free Correspondence Education program and on-site services for families of preschool children, ages birth to 5 years.

    Listen-Up
    Geared to the special needs of children with hearing loss and their families. A one-stop place for information, answers, help, ideas, resources, and anything else related to hearing loss.

    My Baby’s Hearing
    Developed by Boys Town National Research Hospital with support from NIDCD. 

    National Association of the Deaf (NAD)
    NAD safeguards the accessibility and civil rights of 28 million deaf and hard of hearing Americans in the areas or education, employment, health care, social services, and telecommunications

    National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
    NIDCD conducts and supports research on disorders of hearing and other communication processes, including diseases affecting hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language.

    Oberkotter Foundation
    Oral deaf education integrates the earliest and most natural intervention, the most current and inclusive education along with today’s sophisticated hearing technologies, to enable children with a hearing loss to learn to listen and talk. 

    Starkey Hearing Foundation
    The Starkey Hearing Foundation delivers more than 50,000 hearing aids annually through more than 100 hearing missions a year in countries stretching from the U.S. to Vietnam. In addition to giving the gift of hearing, the Foundation promotes hearing health awareness while supporting research and education.


    California Organizations:

    Center on Deafness, Inland Empire (CODIE)
    Riverside County
    The Center on Deafness, Inland Empire is a community-based service agency whose mission is to enable deaf, hard-of-hearing, and deafened adults to live independent, productive lives, with full access.

    Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Center, Inc.
    Fresno
    The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Center, Inc. works to advocate, seek equality, and promote self-determination through empowerment for those who seek their assistance; and to enhance the awareness and understanding of Deaf Culture and the unique communication needs of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals.

    Deaf Counseling, Advocacy, and Referral Agency (DCARA)
    San Francisco
    DCARA provides its clients and communities with the resources, access and counseling services they need to make independent decisions in a variety of situations. In addition, DCARA provides the hearing community with information about the Deaf community and working and living with persons who are Deaf, Deaf-blind, Deafened and hard of hearing, as well as collaborating with other agencies to ensure that their services are more accessible to population that DCARA serves.

    Deaf Community Services of San Diego
    San Diego
    The Deaf Community Services of San Diego works to provide services, education, and advocacy, including the areas of mental health, employment, and adult literacy.

    Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness (GLAD)
    Los Angeles

    The organization’s general purposes and powers are directed around the promotion of the social, recreational, cultural, educational, and vocational well-being of its deaf and hard of hearing constituents. GLAD’s specific and primary purpose is to act as a coordinating agency that addresses the broad social service needs of deaf and hard of hearing people through direct service provision, advocacy, research and dissemination of information regarding deafness to parents, professionals and consumers.

    The Hearing and Speech Center of Northern California
    San Francisco
    The Hearing and Speech Center of Northern California enables people of all ages and backgrounds, who are hard-of-hearing or deaf, and people with speech/language disorders, to participate fully in their families, schools, workplaces, and communities.
    Services: Audiology, Hearing Aid Dispensing, Speech Pathology, Advocacy, Accommodation, Deaf Education, Pre-school, Resource Center, Outreach, Counseling.

    No Limits for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children
    Culver City
    No Limits is the only theatre group in the nation for children with a hearing loss who speak and listen. The children of No Limits have performed in over 55 productions in over 10 states, reaching an audience, to date, of over 30,000 people. The No Limits Educational Center provides year round, high-quality specialty services to children in the greater Los Angeles area on a free or sliding-scale basis.

    NorCal Center on Deafness, Inc.
    Sacramento
    NorCal Center on Deafness works to empower Deaf and Hard-of-hearing individuals to live independently and productively within the greater society, to educate family members, service providers, employers and the general public of the unique communication needs, abilities and accomplishments of deaf and hard-of-hearing children and adults, and to advocate for equal access and opportunities for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals in our society.

    Orange County Deaf Equal Access Foundation (OC DEAF)
    Orange County

    OC DEAF works to ensure the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Community’s equal access to all of the opportunities afforded to the larder hearing community. To that end, OC DEAF provides a wide array of health, human employment and community services designed to break down barriers.

    Sam Simon Foundation
    Malibu
    The Sam Simon Foundation rescues dogs from animal shelters and humane societies to become hearing dogs for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

    Telecommunication Access for the Deaf and Disabled (TADD)
    Statewide
    TADD (formerly DDTP) is a California State mandated program, which oversees the California Relay Service and distributes free telephones, telecommunications equipment and services for individuals certified as having functional limitations of hearing, vision, mobility, speech and/or interpretation of information. There are seven service centers where you may shop for your free phone.

    Tri-County GLAD
    Ventura County
    Tri-County GLAD is an agency that addresses the broad social service needs of deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the counties of Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo. They provide Advocacy, Communication Access, Peer Counseling, Employment Development, Information and Referrals, Independent Living Skills and Community Education services for the deaf and hard of hearing community.


    University Programs for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing:

    California State University, Northridge
    National Center on Deafness

    Gallaudet University

    Rochester Institute of Technology
    National Technical Institute for the Deaf