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Dr. Sam Trychin offers workshop opportunities to HLAA chapters

September 2017

If your chapter is looking into workshop opportunities, look no further. Longtime HLAA member Dr. Sam Trychin has offered his services to HLAA chapters nationwide. Dr. Trychin is the Mental Health and Rehabilitation Advisor to HLAA and has conducted coaching, education, and training programs focused on issues related to hearing loss for more than 30 years. His all day workshop Living Well with Hearing Lossfocuses on presenting a variety of solutions for frequently reported problems and difficulties related to hearing loss. This workshop is designed to provide the information necessary for living well with hearing loss. Chapters interested may contact

For more information on content, read the Workshop Agenda. You can also visit Dr. Trychin’s website at  

Veronica Davila-Steele Featured in the
Washington Informer

July 2017

For your reading and sharing pleasure: HLAA member and Prince George’s County, MD Chapter president Veronica Davila-Steele was featured in a recent article for the Washington Informer entitled Hearing Loss Advocates Seek to Educate Public on Disability. In the article, she talks about HLAA, the PG County Chapter, and her efforts to educate the public about hearing loss and the need for accessibility. Thank you, Veronica, for all of your hard work to inform, educate, support, and advocate for those with hearing loss in PG County and beyond!

Know of a Looped Theater?

May 2017

HLAA member Jerry Bergman has been compiling a list of theaters and auditoriums across the country with hearing loops installed.  The list has grown steadily to include 134 theaters in 27 states.   

The list can be seen on the website, via a tab at the bottom of the page for “theaters, courts and auditoriums."

If you know of any looped arts or entertainment venues not yet listed, please send names and locations to

Exciting Research Opportunity for Chapters

April 2017

Seth J. Meyer, a Ph.D. candidate at Rutgers University, has asked for Chapter and State Organization participation in his dissertation on national non-profit organizations and the interactions between their affiliates and the central (national) office. We are excited that Seth reached out to us to pursue this opportunity. The study consists of two parts, an online survey and an optional interview. Interviews will be done via telephone or skype, depending on preference. While interviews are optional, I would encourage that all of our chapter/state leaders and volunteers take 20-30 minutes to complete the online survey by following the link provided. After all research is complete, Seth will provide a 3-5 page summary on his findings, available by request. This could be a tremendously helpful resource to our chapters and the national office, we ask for your participation!

Please refer to Seth’s letter of introduction (below) before completing the survey. Thank you!

Seth’s letter of introduction   ||   Take survey   ||   Sample interview questions

Exciting Chapter Workshop News for HLAA’s 2017 Convention in Salt Lake City!

March 2017

Chapter and state leaders attending the HLAA2017 Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, we have some great news for you! J.D. Taylor, who has done training workshops with clients including PETCO, H&R Block, McDonald’s and more, will be presenting a 3-hour leadership workshop specifically for our chapter and state leaders. His Leadership is Intentional Influence presentation will address the challenging aspects of leadership, as well as principles and strategies involved in successful leadership models. You will not want to miss this! If you have not registered, early-bird registration ends March 31, 2017. Don’t wait any longer! Register today!

Presentation Overview   ||   Presentation Q&A

HLAA Welcomes New Chapter in South Carolina!

May 2016

HLAA is thrilled to announce its newest chapter, the HLAA Midlands Chapter, located in Columbia, South Carolina. Chapter founder and president Dave Bitters saw a need and answered the call!

The HLAA Midlands Chapter held their inaugural meeting on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at the Still Hopes Retirement Community. The meeting was a resounding success, primarily due to Dave’s tireless efforts, along with the help and support of Peter Balsamo of the Lexington, South Carolina Sertoma Club. Assistance and resources for people with hearing loss and their families were provided at the meeting. The information, education, support, and advocacy will help members and their families learn more about living with hearing loss.

Dave is planning on attending Convention this year and is looking forward to all the people he will meet and the exciting things he will learn in the State/Chapter Development Program. 

If you have ideas and suggestions on how to better educate the community about hearing health issues – or just want to send a warm HLAA welcome – Dave would love to hear from you. You can contact him at

Welcome HLAA Midlands Chapter!

New Chapter Coordinators

May 2016

New State Chapter Coordinators for Florida and Southern California
It is with great pleasure that we welcome HLAA’s newest State Chapter Coordinators, Toni Barrient for the southern California chapters and Tanya Williams for the Florida chapters.

Toni Barrient, New Southern California Chapter Coordinator
Please join me in extending a warm HLAA welcome to Toni Barrient, the new Chapter Coordinator for the southern California chapters.

Toni is no stranger to HLAA. She worked in the national office for 10 years in chapter coordination, membership, and office management. She understands our chapters and is uniquely positioned to serve them. Toni has deep professional experience in hearing assistive technology with CaptionCall, Harris Communications, and MED-EL. She has assisted the City of Orange and the Mission Viejo Chapters, as well as a hearing and vision club that serves her retirement community.

Toni will be building upon the foundation laid by Nanci Linke-Ellis, who recently announced her intent to step down from the position after Convention. HLAA thanks Nanci for her many years of dedicated service to the southern California chapters, where she has made a great difference.

We are looking forward to some exciting things to come in the southern California chapters. You can contact Toni at

Tanya Williams, New Florida State Association Chapter Coordinator
Please join in extending a warm welcome to Tanya Williams, the new Florida State Association Chapter Coordinator.

Tanya has severe-to-profound bilateral hearing loss and uses a hearing aid and a cochlear implant. She overcame many obstacles during her primary school years and with her mother worked very hard to lay the educational foundation that would allow her to eventually earn a master’s degree in Business Administration and Health Care Administration. 

Tanya is a hearing specialist and family service coordination supervisor of Florida’s Early Steps Program. She currently serves on the HLAA Florida State Association’s Board of Trustees as the vice president and co-chair of the Nominating Committee, and will remain as a member of the Board in her new role. Tanya is an active member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, where she was recently asked to elevate hearing loss awareness at the national, regional, and local level of the sorority.

Tanya has earned many accolades and awards: Iota Delta Zeta’s Zeta of the Year Award, March of Dimes’ Outstanding Community Service Award, Hometown Hero of the Year, AmeriGroup Corporation’s Innovative Community Service of Florida, Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Community Service of the Year, and Epsilon Zeta Blue Indigo Community Service awards. 

There is no doubt Tanya will distinguish herself in her work with Florida’s chapters. You can reach out to her by email at .

Chapter coordinators assist the chapters in partnership with the director of chapter development, other chapter coordinators in the state, chapter leaders, and state associations. They are the key representatives of HLAA’s staff and Board of Trustees. We need to have at least one State Chapter Coordinator in every state where there are chapters. This is an awesome way for individuals to grow and develop and to have a lot of fun in the process. If this sounds like something that would interest you, please visit the Chapter Coordinators page for more information.

June 23 - 26, 2016
HLAA Convention 2016
Congress of the International Federation of Hard of Hearing People (IFHOH)

Special Sessions for Leaders will take place on Wednesday, June 22, starting in the afternoon. Also, the HLAA Board of Trustees meeting has been moved from Thursday morning to Wednesday evening in order to make way for two plenary sessions on Thursday morning. Stay tuned for more information.  

State/Chapter Leader Registration
Each state and chapter is afforded five discounted registrations to be used by four leaders plus one delegate (think of using the delegate registration for someone being groomed for a leader position).

The March 31st early registration has ended. State/Chapter Leader still wanting to register for the convention, please use the standard Registration form. More information can be found on the Registration page.

Convention Logos
When possible, it is advised that you include both the first logo below that includes the Convention and IFHOH logos along with the wording. To use a particular image, right-click and "Save as" to save it to your computer, or simply to right lick on the logo, click on "copy" and then paste it into whatever communication is being drafted. We are working to create a higher resolution logo for the combination of the Convention and IFHOH logos (the first one below) and will post ASAP. 


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