The Hearing Loss Association of California (HLA-CA) was founded by various California chapter leaders in 1991. It is affiliated with the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), which 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.
HLAA is the nation’s leading membership and advocacy organization for people with hearing loss. It is an international, non-sectarian, educational organization of people with hearing loss, their relatives and friends. Both HLAA and HLA-CA are 501(c)(3) exempt organizations.
Anyone residing in California who has joined our national organization is a member of HLA-CA.
WHAT DOES HLA-CA DO?
• publishes a newsletter, The Hearing Loss Californian, four times a year.
• sponsors a State Conference.
• 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.