Hearing Loss Association of North Carolina, a State Association of HLA of America

About HLA-NC and Local Chapters

HLA-NC is a state association of Hearing Loss Association of America, and it's focus is on state-wide advocacy and cooperation. All HLA-NC meetings are open to anyone interested in hearing loss. If you'd like to attend and get involved in promoting the interests of people with hearing loss, please email Steve Barber at steve.barber@earthlink.net.

You're also invited to attend local chapter meetings where you will meet others sharing information about hearing loss and working on a local level to support our interests. See Local Chapters for more information.

Next State-Level Event/Meeting

If you are interested in participating in HLAA-NC, please email Steve Barber at steve.barber@earthlink.net.

For local chapter contacts and other information see Local Chapters.

NC Walk4Hearing

The 2015 NC Walk4Hearing will be held at the WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary on Sunday, 18 October, 2015. Register. Now is the time to start a team, join a team, donate to a team, or recommend or become a sponsor. There are several teams already registered, and more to come. You can also register now to attend the Kickoff Luncheon:

When: Saturday August 29, 12 to 2
Where: Maggiano's Restaurant in Durham,
What: Lunch provided with inspirational speakers,
Register: Anyone interested can RSVP online by 21 Aug (about halfway down the page at http://hlaa.convio.net/site/TR?fr_id=2294&pg=entry OR send Liz an email (LNSTRACHAN@BELLSOUTH.NET) OR text (704-564-0735).

Below is a small slide show of the 2014 NC Walk4Hearing. See a Much Larger Version.

HLAA National Convention

Start planning now for the 2015 HLAA National Convention.

Special Features

Hearing Loss Glossary: Check out HLA-NC's Hearing Loss Glossary. It's a work in progress, but if you want, you can help by submitting terms or definitions. If the glossary doesn't pop-up on the left of your screen, then you may have to disable your pop-up blocker (try selecting the link while holding down the Cntl key). If that doesn't work try this alternate link to glossary.

3D Model of Inner Ear: To see and interact with this 3D Model of the Inner Ear , you'll need Shockwave and a reasonably fast computer. It may take a couple of minutes to load on a dialup, too, but it could be worth the wait.


These web pages provide news, information and paid advertisements for things related to hearing loss. None of these should be considered as product, program or service endorsements by Hearing Loss Association of America, Hearing Loss Association of North Carolina or the local chapters in North Carolina.

More About These Web Pages

These web pages have been tested to work correctly on recent versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer and on Netscape 4.7 and later. The pages also work under limited testing on the latest Mac OS.

You must have Javascript enabled, and for two pages (People and the Glossary pages under Projects), you must allow popup windows. If you use a popup blocker, consult your instructions on how to authorize those pages to open their popup windows.

If you have any questions, problems or recommendations for these web pages, please email Steve Barber.

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Raleigh Little Theatre Looped: The Sutton Theatre at Raleigh Little Theatre (RLT) now has an audio loop. This is a major advance for people with hearing loss; it's one of the first theatres looped in North Carolina, so we do want to support them.

The August meeting of Hearing Loss Association of America - Wake Chapter (HLAA-Wake) will be held at the RLT Sutton Theatre on 11 August at 6:30 pm. The meeting will include a preview of the new loop system and a social. Some of the cast of Spamalot will rehearse a couple of scenes from the upcoming play so we can experience their looped theatre. If you are a hearing aid or CI user who uses telecoils and would like to attend this FREE meeting to celebrate and experience this new looped facility, please RSVP to Steve Barber. We would also like to encourage others interested in audio loops to RSVP and attend:

  • Hearing health professionals
  • Parents of children with hearing loss
  • Churches
  • Museums
  • Other arts facilities
  • Organizations interested in hearing accessibility
  • State agencies interested in hearing loss

The first play to use the new audio loop will be Spamalot from August 28 through September 13, 2015. Click on that link for more information and to buy tickets, which go on sale on 1 July. If you have missed going to plays because you couldn't hear well enough, then this may be your chance to enjoy live plays again.

People with activated and properly adjusted telecoils in their hearing aids or cochlear implants will be able to hear their best at RLT productions in the Sutton Theatre in the future Ö all without having to borrow a receiver or wear headphones or a neckloop. Simply switching to telecoil mode is all it will take.

People who need to hear better but donít yet have hearing aids or implants with telecoils will be able to borrow a limited number of loop receivers with headphones to hear better.

Most hearing aids and all cochlear implants done recently have telecoils, but to use them the telecoils must be activated and adjusted to your needs by your audiologist. Once activated and adjusted, you would switch to telecoil mode using a button or switch on the device or on your remote control. If you have questions about HLAA, telecoils, or audio loops, please email Steve Barber.

Congratulations to RLT for caring enough to provide an audio loop system to improve accessibility for people with hearing loss. RLT will be proudly displaying this symbol for all productions in the Sutton Theatre starting with Spamalot.

Tickets are on sale now at http://raleighlittletheatre.org/tickets/buy.html, so if you want to get a good seat for a play in the looped Sutton Theatre, you can order on-line or by calling 919-821-3111.

Apex Health Fair"Janet McGettrick and Joyce Adler, pictured below, staffed a table for Wake Chapter at the April Health Fair in Apex. Health Fairs offer chapters a chance to inform the public about hearing loss and about HLAA.

If you know of a health fair where we can provide a table about hearing loss, please email Steve Barber.

New Asheville HLAA Chapter: The new Asheville HLAA chapter now looks forward to regular meetings on the third Saturday of almost every month. The HLAA Asheville Chapter is an all volunteer non-profit that serves Asheville and the surrounding areas of North Carolina.

See This Flyer for details of our next meeting.

We welcome anyone who can attend our meetings. If you have a hearing loss, or care about someone who does, or if you serve or support the hearing loss community as a professional or volunteer, then please plan to connect with others who are sharing through presentations and understanding social interaction what they've learned about making the most of their hearing. Family and friends are also welcome. Learning how to be good at hearing loss is one of the most important things you can do.

For more information, contacts or to get notified of upcoming meetings, see our Chapter web page: www.nchearingloss.org/asheville.htm

Lets Loop Concord:

Rose and Michael Eury have gotten a great article published that encourages Concord to "get in the hearing loop". See the article.

Perhaps this article will inspire other local articles to be published and will lead to more loops in North Carolina.

How to Loop Your TV Room: YouTube has several great videos that provide great tips on how you can install a hearing loop in your own TV room. It's not really that hard to do, and it can make hearing the TV dramatically better if you have activated and adjusted telecoils in your hearing aids. All recent Cochlear Inputs do have telecoils, but like with hearing aids you may need to make sure your audiologist has activated them and explained to you how to switch into and out of telecoil mode. Here's a link to a very good YouTube video to get you started. Here's a link to see more videos on hearing loops. Some are captioned, and some may have usable automatic captions, so be sure to turn on the caption option if you need it.

National News Releases: Ever wonder what the HLAA National organization is up to? See the HLAA National News Releases see how important it is for all people with hearing loss to support or national organization.

Life Without Boundaries: Hearing Loss Association of America - Wake County is fortunate to have Chris Myers as a member. Not many people have a professional documentary about their lives, but Chris does. Click on the following link to watch this inspiring video.
Way to go, Chris!


Spectacular Video:
If you've ever wanted to really understand how we hear you won't want to miss this video "tour" that is perhaps the best I've ever seen. Take time to watch it all; it's amazing.

ALD Locator Web Site: Here's a link to a web site that maps facilities with assistive hearing technology: http://www.aldlocator.com/. If you know of any site that is not shown on the map that provides hearing assistance technology, you can fill in an on-line form at that site to have them add it to their map.

Charlotte Chapter Posts Schedule for Year: See a Flyer showing upcoming Charlotte chapter meetings.

State of NC Job Opportunities: You can search the State of NC Office of State Personnel job listings at the NC Gov Jobs Web site for available jobs. There are often jobs available that require skills or experience related to hearing loss or deafness. Enter any term such as "hearing loss", "deaf", "assistive", or "interpreter" into the search field at the site to identify jobs that you might be interested in and qualified for.

Did you missed an earlier HLA-NC newsletter? You can still get them:

Invisible No More

Check out the article and program material that covers the "Invisible No More" theme that HLA-NC is using for outreach and education. Read the article. Download this or other presentation material at that link. You can adapt many for your chapter's programs or outreach.

HLA-NC Web Site Hits New Highs, AGAIN!: Activity increased substantially for the HLA-NC web site for 2013 continuing a 9-year trend since 2004 when statistics were first gathered. The chart below shows for annual results for unique visitors.

As you can see, we welcomed almost 217,000 visits, of whom 187,000 were unique visitors.

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