About Us

The Hearing Loss Association of America - Bucks County Chapter was founded by Marianne C. Lock in 2001. It is affiliated with the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), which is headquartered in Bethesda, MD. HLAA 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 HLAA-Bucks County Chapter are 501(c)(3) exempt organizations.

Membership in the HLAA Bucks County Chapter is FREE, as we do not charge dues. However, we do ask that you become a member of our national organization. Click HERE to join HLAA.

WHAT DO WE DO?

HLAA’s Bucks County Chapter is a local group of people of all ages with different degrees of hearing loss that offer support, information and social activities throughout the year.  We provide a place where you can ask what others are doing to cope with their hearing loss and learn and share strategies for daily living.  We also offer ways to get connected to audiologists, hearing aid specialists, assistive technology counselors and other professionals in many fields associated with hearing loss


We also:

  • Host 4 meetings a year. All of our speaker meetings are looped and have CART (Real-Time Captioning).
  • Provide newsletters which is distributed by email.
  • Participate in community outreach programs
  • Host fundraisers, such as the Walk4Hearing walkathon, and social events

Mission

Our Mission is 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.

HLAA provides adults and children with tools for self help; sensitizes the general population about the special needs of people who are hard of hearing; and promotes understanding of the nature, causes, complications, and remedies of hearing loss.

  • We provide information on many aspects of hearing loss, from technological and medical advances to coping and parenting strategies.
  • We want to help you become an informed consumer on what options are available to you to help you make the best decisions on how to deal with hearing loss.

Advocacy: HLAA is a leading voice in improving communication access for people with hearing loss.

  • We advocate for communication access in the workplace, hotels, schools, court systems, medical, and entertainment facilities.
  • HLAA promotes new technology, medical research, and legislation that will alleviate the effects of hearing loss.
  • We encourage and participate in research to improve hearing aids, assistive listening devices, and other technology needs of consumers with hearing loss.
  • We push for research on understanding the causes of hearing loss and for development of new treatments.
  • We testify before federal, state, and local legislative bodies on issues concerning people with hearing loss.
  • We help implement federal and state laws which benefit people with 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.
  • We provide support in setting up local support groups.

Are you interested in becoming an HLAA member?

If so, you can visit our Join HLAA page
for more information on member benefits and how to become a member
.


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