About Our Chapter

The Hearing Loss Association of Sun City Center 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.

Hearing Loss Association of Sun City Center Bylaws

Medical Communication Access Strategies for Patients with Hearing Loss

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.

INFORMATION – 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.

EDUCATION – Our primary purpose is to educate ourselves, our families, friends, coworkers, teachers, hearing health care providers, industry, government, and others about hearing loss.

SUPPORT – We provide an opportunity for association among people with hearing loss, their friends, families, and professionals.

ADVOCACY – 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.

Latest Technologies

    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..

Access to the 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

Social Connections

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 !

Access to other Resources

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.

Self-Help

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.

Staying Tuned-In

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 you best source to keep pace, so you continue to get the most out of your residual hearing

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A SUCCESSFUL BEGINNING

By Richard Herring

During the summer of 2007, Robert Ogg, Shirley Nauman, and Richard Herring first met at Shirley's residence to explore the formation of a Sun City Center chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America where many senior citizens with hearing loss lived either as "snow-birds" or full time residents. All three were long time members of a national organization known as Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA). To be a member of HLAA was necessary in order for one to meet its requirements to form a chapter; thus, the Sun City Center (HLAA Sun City Center) chapter was on the verge of being started.

HLA-SCC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which adopts HLAA's mission of opening the world of communication to people with hearing loss by providing information, education, advocacy, and support. HLAA is an umbrella organization and has non-profit status. More information about HLAA is available to anyone visiting it on www.hearingloss.org.

Because of one individual skilled in Computer Assisted Real-time Translation (CART), Tess Crowder of Communication Access, Inc., typed on her laptop computer all the words being spoken during a public meeting so that one could view from a larger screen what was being said. CART was provided pro-bono at HLA-SCC monthly meetings so that all would have communication accessibility. Another individual, David Houck, member of the Men's Club in Sun City Center was instrumental in securing funding for HLA-SCC to use for incidentals from his club.

An HLA-SCC steering committee was formed to meet monthly to become a chapter resource and offer valuable advice such as names of possible speakers, discussion meetings, communication accessibility, contacts, and assistance as needed. Without the inspiration from all of the members, the HLA-SCC would never have materialized in keeping with the mission of the national HLAA which was headquartered in Maryland.

The first public program meeting of HLAA Sun City Center Chapter took place on October 3, 2007 at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church's Fellowship Hall. The church agreed to allow pro-bono use of its facilities. Incidentally, five members of the HLA-SCC chapter steering committee were members of St. Andrew. The first speakers on October 3rd consisted of member friends of the HLA-Sarasota chapter. The meeting was a huge success with 70 + individuals from the public in attendance.

This all happened when someone asked the question, "Why can't we have an HLAA chapter in Sun City Center?"

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