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Mission Statement

Information, Education, Support, Advocacy

The Mission of HLAA is to open the world of communication to people with hearing loss by providing information, education, support and advocacy.

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Coming Events


Next Event

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Time: 8 p.m. - 9 p.m. Eastern Time

Join us this Wednesday for a free captioned webinar featuring Dusty Jessen, Au.D., who will be presenting 5 Keys to Communication Success.Webinars are recorded for playback on our website.

Dusty Jessen has been an audiologist in a busy ENT practice for more than 12 years. In 2013 she wrote and published a handbook (Frustrated by Hearing Loss? 5 Keys to Communication Success) to help people cope with the challenges related to hearing loss.

Communication is our way, as human beings, of connecting with each other and with the world around us. Hearing is just one piece of the communication puzzle. Hearing aids, cochlear implants, and assistive listening devices do a wonderful job of helping people to hear. But better hearing will not facilitate better communication unless the other pieces of the puzzle are put into place. The 5 Keys to Communication Success is a simple and fun way to learn and practice strategies that target all pieces of the communication puzzle.

Online events:


HLAA Educational Webinar Program:

HLAA conducts educational webinars for its members and constituents. There is no cost to attend webinars.


Webinars generally take place the third Wednesday of each month with top-notch professionals. All webinars are captioned and will be recorded for playback later (with captions); while live webinars must be viewed on a computer, the replay may be viewed on mobile devices.


Webinar will last approximately one hour.

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Our Meetings:



First Wednesday of the Month

Our next meeting is Tuesday, March 3, at 6:30pm at:

Piccadilly Cafeteria

11810 North Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL 33618

Juliette Sterkens, Au.D. will be speaking about the Benefits of Hearing Loops and
why people with hearing loss say they can hear but not understand



We do not meeting in July or August, taking a break for the summer.

Come to one or come to all, you'll meet other people living with hearing loss, you can share information and make friends. If you don't have a hearing loss, but your spouse, parent, child or friend does, you too are welcome.

But I CAN'T HEAR! That's okay, no hearing required, our meetings are captioned.

Come and experience communication access with our Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) generously provided by Communication Access, Inc. (CAI).






Learn more about CAI



Our Meeting Room Has a Hearing Loop 

The Safety Harbor Library has installed a hearing loop in the meeting room that we use.  We used it for the first time at our December meeting and it is awesome!  Thanks to Mary Ann DeMeo for her advocacy with the library, not only will our chapter members benefit from this but many other groups that use the meeting room at the library.

All you need to do is switch your hearing aid to T-coil setting and you will hear the speaker as if she/he is standing right in front of you.  For more information on hearing loops, read below "Get in the Hearing Loop" or come to a meeting, pick up a handout on it and experience it yourself.





 National Convention



National ConventionHLAA Convention 2015

June 25 – 28 in St. Louis, Missouri .

Learn more about the convention





CART? What's that?



CART stands for Communication Access Realtime Translation, sometimes just called Realtime. It is a system that people use to convert speech to text. A trained operator uses a phonetic keyboard (like court stenographers use) hooked up to a computer (usually a laptop) to type in spoken words. The computer immediately translates the phonetic input into written text and displays it.

The text displayed from CART can be viewed on the laptop screen, an external monitor, or projected onto a screen. These options enable CART to be read by an individual, several people, or even a whole room of people.

More about CART

ALDs, HATS, and Loops, Oh My!



An ALD is an assistive listening device, HATS are hearing assistive technology systems, two different names for the same set of devices. These devices make hearing easier.

Some types of devices are FM Systems, Infrared Systems, Induction Loops, Personal Amplifiers and Telephone Amplifiers. Most can be used with hearing aids or without (using headsets, earbuds, etc.)

More about ALDs

Get in the Hearing Loop



Get in the Hearing LoopHearing Loss Association of America has a public education campaign in partnership with the American Academy of Audiology. An explanation of hearing loops, guidance and resources to help you advocate for hearing loops in your area is available.

Get in the Hearing Loop


Board of Members

  • President - Debbe Hagner
  • Vice President - Tess Crowder
  • Secretary/Treasurer - Paul Morris
  • Member at Large/Past President - Marjie Anderson





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