About Us

HLAA-Albany, was incorporated as Hearing Endeavor for the Albany Region (HEAR), a nonprofit, volunteer organization, in 1983. HEAR became a chapter of the national organization, Self-Help for Hard of Hearing People, and when that organization changed its name to Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), the HEAR chapter changed its name accordingly, and its acronym became HLAA-A. We hold evening meetings on a fairly regular basis (monthly) throughout the year, although not on a set day or at a fixed location. Meetings are posted on our home page and listed in local newspapers. Our meetings are equally divided among sessions that are educational, covering a wide variety of topics related to hearing loss; those that are primarily social but that may also be geared toward providing mutual support; and business meetings. Various committees meet on an ad hoc basis. The public is welcome to attend all meetings! We make every attempt to be accessible to all. An FM assistive listening system is available at almost all meetings, with other accommodations provided upon request. If you would like to attend a meeting and require accommodation, it is wise to contact us so we can be sure your needs will be met. Please do join us and learn what HLAA-A is all about!

If You Want to Get to Know the HLAA, You Should Read What Our Members Are Saying

Pat… “When I first found out about HLAA, I mentioned it to a close relative, who remarked, ‘Won’t it be a bunch of people sitting around feeling sorry for themselves? It will probably make you feel worse.’ Nothing could be farther from the truth! In the 20 years that I have been a member of HLAA, I have made the best friends anyone could ever ask for, developed confidence in myself, learned about assistive devices and found a source of the latest and best in hearing aid and related technology. It was through my association with HLAA that I learned enough about cochlear implants to encourage me to look into them. And it was with the support and guidance of HLAA members that I made the decision to have a cochlear implant. It was the best decision I’ve ever made. I don’t like to think of where I would be in my life without HLAA. I know of other people who have hearing loss but they don’t have the knowledge, resources or the support that I have, and they envy me. Thank you HLAA.”

Jim… “Adjusting to life’s changes can be a lot more complicated with a hearing loss. A change to living alone, or having family additions can be unnerving. It is nice to know I have friends who understand and can help with preparing me or helping me through.”

Carol… “It is truly a wonderful experience to be able to ‘relax’ and know that those you are conversion with will be totally understanding when something said has to be repeated.”

Ellen… “HLAA was a source of great help in being able to talk more openly about hearing loss. At the meetings, we all discussed strategies and gave each other support and it built my self-confidence. It was wonderful knowing that someone else understood all the stress and frustration I was going through. It made it easier to talk to coworkers and others about my loss and what I needed.”