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.

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

HLAA National Convention

Start planning now for the 2016 HLAA National Convention. It's in Washington, DC this year and it's a "DON'T MISS" convention, because HLAA is also hosting the International Federation of Hard of Hearing People.

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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Hear at a Distance? Yes, You Can!
Ron Vickery, from the Wake Chapter, explains how to hear things clearly at a distance ... all it takes is a little ingenuity, a personal amplfier, a microphone and a wok ... yes, I said a wok (that you can also use to cook with). Here's a picture of Ron with his latest home made Assistive Listening Device. Believe it or not; this thing WORKS! You can read all about it in Ron's BLOG.

Raleigh Little Theatre Has a New Loop!:
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) was held at the RLT Sutton Theatre on 11 August. The meeting included speeches by Charles Phaneuf, RLT Executive Director, Julie Bishop, HLAA-NC, Steve Barber, HLAA-Wake, James Stowell, American Hearing Loop, and Cynthia Schafer, Au.D. followed by a preview of the new loop system and a social. At that meeting, some of the cast of Spamalot rehearsed a couple of scenes from the upcoming play so we can experience their looped theatre.

About 75 people attended the event, including several audiologists, and several people new to HLAA who have expressed an interest in HLAA-Wake chapter. All in all it was a huge success.

Here are some comments from those who attended:

  • "The evening was really inspiring for me. I was delighted with the loop as well as the opportunity to talk with others with similar issues as mine. … Joanne Pogue, new Wake member
  • "It was an amazing event. I heard very well. The quality of the sound was excellent. I understood speech well. I’ve decided I want to attend some plays at the RLT because I could hear so well with the loop." .... Janet McGettrick, Past President of HLAA-Wake
  • "I heard beautifully with the tcoil last night.  What I love most is not having to use a receiver.  I purchased 4 tickets for Spamalot!" ... Julie Bishop, President of HLAA-NC
  • "The loop audio was great, but without the inconvenience of borrowed receivers and accesories." Steve Barber, President HLAA-Wake Chapter

After the meeting, Wake Chapter sponsored an ice cream social in the lobby. Several displays were available to explain to people more about telecoils and loops. Most people heard well with their telecoils, but others without telecoils could try hearing better with loop receivers and headphones. A few people attended who were new to hearing loss and were introduced to the advantages of telecoils and loops.

The Independent newspaper in Chapel Hill published a nice story about the event. Here's a link to that article.

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 are on sale now. 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.

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.

If you would like to buy tickets for the actual plays starting later in August, 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 call 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.

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.

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.

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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