The Hearing Loss Association of America Greater Richmond Chapter is a local chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) which is the nation’s leading organization representing people with hearing loss. According to the National Center for Health Statistics 36 million (17%) American adults have some degree of hearing loss making it a public health issue third in line after heart disease and arthritis.
HLAA and the Richmond Chapter provide assistance and resources for people with hearing loss and their families so they can learn how to adjust to living with hearing loss. HLAA is working to eradicate the stigma associated with hearing loss and raise public awareness about the need for prevention and the importance of regular hearing screenings throughout life. Our mission is to opens the world of communication to people with hearing loss by providing infor-mation, support, and advocacy. Our purpose is to advocate for people of all ages who have
hearing loss, their family and friends, to enable them to meet their individual potential and to reduce their social isolation.
The Hearing Loss Association of America impacts communication access, public policy, research, public awareness, and service delivery related to hearing loss. Its national support network includes an office in the Washington D.C. area, 14 state organizations, and 200 local chapters. In addition, HLAA brings consumers and policy makers together to learn about communication access at the national, state and local levels. HLAA staff works at the national level to affect legislation that impacts people with hearing loss, including funding for hearing aids and cochlear implants, communication access in telecommunications and public places, as well as other important hearing loss issues.
You are not alone with your hearing loss. In addition to the work at the national level, HLAA has local chapters, such as this chapter, that meets on a regular basis. The Greater Richmond Chapter offers support, information, and social activities and works to help eradicate the stigma of hearing loss in our communities and with local policy makers. Chapters are a safe place where you are encouraged to ask what others are doing to cope with their hearing loss and where you learn and share strategies for daily living.
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