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moderator photoJudy Martin - I am a lifelong New Yorker who retired and moved to Jacksonville, FL in October 2004 with my husband Tom. I have had a progressive hearing loss since about the age of 11 and for most of my life wore hearing aids. In January 2006, I became a proud user of the miraculous cochlear implant. Living with hearing loss almost my entire life led me to believe I knew all there was to know about being hard of hearing.

How wrong I was! The Hearing Loss Association of America entered my conscious in April 2005. I became a member and since then, my life has not been the same. To me, those words education, advocacy and support are the very personification of HLAA. There was a time, not too long ago, when I didn't know about assistive listening devices, the ADA, digital hearing aids, cochlear implants, middle ear implants, open captioned movies, t-coils, looping technology, hearing assistance dogs, bluetooth technology, hearing loss message board and chat rooms, etc., and now they are part of my every day vocabulary.

As I said, my life has changed in ways I couldn't have dreamed. For that reason I wanted, in some small way, to help others have those same life-changing experiences. I started by founding a chapter of HLAA in Jacksonville, then joined HLA-Florida as a board member. Next I created the state newsletter, Hear Ye, Hear Ye, and recently accepted an appointment to the Florida Coordinating Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. I have been a moderator for HLAA since July 2005 and receive much satisfaction connecting with others who understand exactly what it's like to live as a person with hearing loss.

moderator photoKecia Weller has been a member of Hearing Loss Association of America for more than 4 years and has been a Moderator on the HLAA messages boards for around three years. Ms Weller has bi-lateral Meniere's Disease and has a moderate hearing loss in her ears. Ms Weller accepted a position as a teacher's assistant in one of UCLA's Extension Programs, the Pathway Program which is a new two-year certificate program designed for students with developmental disabilities, where she currently assists in an American Government Course. Kecia has been a disability rights advocate for more than 15 years.