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 Event/Meeting

The next meeting of Hearing Loss Association of North Carolina will temtatively be Saturday, March 15 in Greensboro. This next meeting will be the annual business. Other Meetings may be HLAA business meetings, or an upcoming North Carolina Walk4Hearing planning meetings. If you are interested in participating in either of these types of meetings, please email Steve Barber at steve.barber@earthlink.net.

NC Walk4Hearing

The 2013 NC Walk4Hearing was held at Tanglewood Park near Winston-Salem on 12 October 2013. Over 300 walkers participated in a great event at a wonderful park on a beautiful day and raised money that is dedicated to supporting hearing loss issues at the HLAA national level, the HLAA local chapter level, and through allied North Carolina non-profits involved in hearing loss projects.

HLA-NC thanks all the volunteers, teams, alliances, walkers, sponsors, and donors for making a difference for people with hearing loss.

Preliminary planning for a 2014 NC Walk4Hearing in the Triangle area is underway, now, so watch this space and plan to participate. If you'd like to help plan or support the next NC Walk4Hearing, please email steve.barber@earthlink.net

HLAA National Convention

Don't miss the next 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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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.

HLAA Position Opening: The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is searching for that very special someone who is interested in the role of National State and Chapter Coordinator of the nation's premier consumer membership organization for people with hearing loss. Learn More.

Hearing Loss Awareness Night with the Charlotte Checkers : The Charlotte Checkers are hosting the 2nd Hearing Loss Awareness Night benefiting BEGINNINGS on March 29.  This is a really fun event for the whole family.  Tickets are $15 and $5 from every ticket sold is donated to BEGINNINGS. Tickets are available at www.gocheckers.com/hlanight and be sure to use the code "hearing" in order for BEGINNINGS to receive our donation.  Sponsorship opportunities are also available.  There will be a special presentation on the ice for BEGINNINGS so be sure to come out and support us.

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.

New Audio Loop at UNC Asheville
There's a new audio loop in the Manheimer Room (#102) at the Reuter Center, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute/OLLI, at the UNC Asheville.  The room:

  • seats about 150 people
  • is in almost daily use for lifelong learning classes and for many special lectures and events, both weekday and weekend. 

There are six headsets which can be borrowed from the office for use by those without HAs or T-coils.

For information, call: 828.251.6140. Ask for Leanna Preston.

(See next article about the ALD Locator).

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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