Have you been on a search for a support group that can help you navigate the uncertain waters of hearing loss and deafness? Are you at a loss, feeling as though there’s nobody that can relate to you and what you’re going through? In today’s article, we discuss four resources across America that offer support and resources for the hard-of-hearing and deaf community. Read on to explore a few of the resources available to you and your family.
Hearing Loss Association of America
The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), was founded in 1979 and is the nation’s leading organization representing consumers with hearing loss. Through HHLA’s wide array of regional and national chapters, individuals living with hearing loss have a robust resource network connecting them to others in their community who are faced with the same challenges. The three pieces to HLAA’s mission include information and education, support and advocacy to help bridge the communication gap. As one of the nation’s largest hearing loss organizations, HLAA offers a variety of resources ranging from monthly educational webinars to an annual conference to email newsletters and a magazine. Individual memberships to the Hearing Loss Association of America will cost around $45 annually to have access to the aforementioned resources. Interested in learning more? Visit their website at https://www.hearingloss.org/programs-events/
Association of Late-Deafened Adults
Formed in Chicago in 1989, the Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA) offers a social support group to those who are affected by an onset of deafness later into adulthood. ALDA offers a national support network with local chapters that host conversations on challenges and coping strategies, members’ unique experiences transitioning from being able to hear to near or complete deafness and offering advice and support for each other. In addition to social events and support groups, ALDA has a library of free resources available on their website including federal government programs and disability laws, articles on hearing aids, hearing loss and implants as well as tips on effective communication to name a few. Annual memberships to ALDA will run around $30 a year. You can sign up for a membership and locate a local chapter by visiting the ALDA website at https://www.alda.org.
Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) is a global organization that works to ensure that people who are deaf and hard of hearing can hear and speak and offers support services to those individuals and their families. With a key focus on children born with hearing loss and young adults living with hearing loss, AG Bell offers resources to navigating the early years of hearing loss and deafness and support on navigating schooling and education to ensure an equal opportunity for young development. Membership fees associated with AG Bell range from no cost to $120 annually. Do you think AG Bell is the right resource for you and your family? Visit https://www.agbell.org to learn more.
The SayWhatClub (SWC) is a unique nonprofit focused on hearing loss because it originated online and to this day, most of the support services are found via their newsletters and Facebook support groups. SWC serves as a support and resource platform for those who were born hearing but later in life developed hearing loss. As many of the individuals felt they didn’t fully fit in with born-deaf chat rooms nor hearing chat rooms, SWC serves as the happy medium for those who were once hearing but now have difficulty. All of SWC’s resources are available free of charge, although since they are a nonprofit, they rely on donations to keep the organization running. To incorporate a little face-to-face interaction, SWC hosts an annual in-person convention to facilitate physical interactions and deepens binds of friendship that started virtually. Interested in learning more about SayWhatClub’s chat rooms and annual convention? Check out their website here: https://www.saywhatclub.org.
Do you have other concerns not addressed by these organizations in regards to your hearing loss? Schedule an appointment today at one of our convenient located offices to get all the information you need. Visit https://wisehearing.com/schedule-appointment to get started.