SW Connecticut's Voice for People with Hearing Loss!
In 1979 “Rocky” Stone founded our organization in Bethesda, MD. At that time, it was called the Self Help for
Hard of Hearing People, Inc. (SHHH). It was founded and
incorporated as a non-profit, educational membership organization. As a World War II Vet and
former CIA agent with a hearing loss, Stone was convinced there had to be other people with
hearing loss who could benefit from sharing ideas with one another. So, Stone
founded the organization with a handful of people in his family room.
original start-up group of people has grown to over 200 chapters nationwide. In
recent years the name of the organization was changed to the Hearing Loss
Association of America (HLAA).
Our Southwestern Connecticut Chapter of HLAA was chartered in 1999 and is composed
of numerous individuals and families representing all age groups from various
walks-of-life, as well as all types and degrees of hearing loss.
short existence, our Chapter has carried forward the ideals of our
founder. Our monthly chapter meetings feature
professional speakers who present a wide variety of programs related to hearing
loss. Also, our chapter has developed many outreach projects reaching out to
various groups throughout FairfieldCounty. We are proud of
the individual workshops we have developed for schools, municipal organizations, senior centers, healthcare
providers, visiting nurses associations, hospitals and various civic groups.
chapter is especially excited about our program that helps to educate
fourth grade school childrenon how to
communicate with people who have a hearing loss, as well as techniquesto protect their ears from our noisy world. We have
presented this program in Wilton
and New Canaan schools over recent years.
advocate for assistive listening devices and looping systems at public sites,
places of worship and local theaters, both live theater and movies.
proud of our monthly award winning newsletter which was recognized as the‘Best HLAA Chapter Newsletter of 2008 by our National
HLAA, along with an award for having the ‘Best’ website design from our
National HLAA Organization in 2009.
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