Next Event

Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 12:30 p.m.

Harvey Rhinehart will talk to us about Sertoma Club.

Next online event:

Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 1 p.m.

HLAA’s History and Why It Matters Now

Presenter: Julie Olson, HLAA Board of Trustees Past President, Fox Valley, Wisconsin Chapter Founder
Having been involved with HLAA for more than 25 years, Ms. Olson brings a strong passion for people with hearing loss and the organization that she feels saved her life when she lost her hearing. She has also served as the newsletter editor for the HLAA Wisconsin State Association and the Fox Valley Chapter.

How and why did HLAA become an organization for people with hearing loss? Why does it matter to me, 34 years after it started? Learn the answers and more in a careful review of the organization’s proud history. Ms. Olson makes the information interesting to learn with highly visual and humorous talk.

Webinar will last approximately one hour and is accessed from the national website at

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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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

waterfront in Portland, Oregon
HLAA Convention 2014 will be June 26 – 29 in Austin, Texas.

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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