About Our Chapter
The Hearing Loss Association of America Tampa Chapter is an affiliate of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), the nation’s largest membership and advocacy organization for people with hearing loss. Founded as SHHH (Self Help for Hard of Hearing People) in 1979 by Howard E. “Rocky” Stone, HLAA opens the world of communication to people with hearing loss through information, education, advocacy and support. A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization , the Tampa chapter is one of 200 in the United States of America.
The purpose of HLA-Tampa is to provide education for people with hearing loss, their families and friends on how best to live a productive and satisfying lives in the presence of their disability.
Foster public and private programs aimed at removing barriers, discrimination and impediments to the full enjoyment of life.
Engage in free and open communication with those concerned with hearing loss by providing a common basis of fellowship, understanding and respect.
Be an effective advocate for the people with hearing loss in the Tampa area.
Serves as an extension of the national organization, Hearing Loss Association of America, in an effort to make hearing loss an issue of concern within the state by promoting the HLAA philosophy of self help while specifically addressing the issues of awareness, education, access and employment.
10 Reasons to Join an HLAA Chapter
Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) chapters open the world of communication for people with hearing loss through a unique blend of information, education, support and advocacy. Chapters offer the inter-personal connection that simply cannot be replicated online.
We provide information from technological and medical advances to coping and parenting strategies. We 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.
Our primary purpose is to educate ourselves, our families, friends, coworkers, teachers, hearing health care providers, industry, government, and others about hearing loss.
We provide an opportunity for association among people with hearing loss, their friends, families, and professionals.
HLAA is a leading voice in improving communication access for people with hearing loss in the workplace, hotels, schools, court systems, medical, and entertainment facilities.
You will learn about the latest developments in hearing aids, cochlear implants, other implantable devices, assistive devices, communication access, smartphone apps and much more that can help you hear better.. even in challenging listening situations.
In the chapters, you will meet many others like yourself, who either have a hearing loss or are supporting someone with a loss. You will be empowered through the exchange of knowledge, encouragement and shared experience. You will have fun!
We are your gateway to many resources, such as how to manage the cost of hearing aids, the state's relay phone program which offers free amplified and captioned phones and so much more.
You do not have to hide your hearing loss. At HLAA, we learn to advocate for ourselves at home, work and in the community, by mastering the simple tools that can help us guide all the people we encounter on how to communicate more effectively with us.
You will learn how to maximize your access to effective communication in every area of your life.
New technological advances in hearing devices, treatment procedures, support tools, preventive and curative developments are occurring at a more rapid rate than ever before.
HLAA and your local HLAA Chapter remain your best source to keep pace, so you continue to get the most out of your residual hearing
ACCESS TO COMMUNITY
Learn about the movie theaters in your community which offer new captioning systems and other entertainment venues which offer a hearing loop or other assistive technology