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Dealing with hearing loss: Resources and community support

Dealing with hearing loss can be an overwhelming and isolating experience. Causes and treatments are as unique as the individual, and finding hearing loss resources can be a frustrating journey.

Luckily, there are many support groups and information for people in similar situations.

Check out our list of resources to learn more and find a community.

Hearing Loss Association of America

The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is a non-profit organization offering resources, education, and support for people with hearing loss.

In addition to blog posts explaining what hearing loss is, how to recognize it, and when to get help, the HLAA’s website gives an overview of assistive technology and financial assistance available to individuals. 

HLAA chapters across the United States offer emotional support and a community of individuals with similar experiences. Find a chapter near you here.

SayWhatClub

The SayWhatClub is an international non-profit organization offering community support to all people with hearing loss and deafness. Email lists and private Facebook groups make it easy to connect with others, exchange tips, and have fun together– all without fees or membership dues.

The SayWhatClub’s annual convention will be held from Aug. 4 to 7 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Friends and family are encouraged to attend as well. Register here.

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Founded in 1890 by Alexander Graham Bell, AG Bell’s goal is “to ensure that people who are deaf and hard of hearing can hear and speak.”

The organization focuses on families and children but offers resources and support to anyone who is deaf or hard of hearing.

AG Bell runs active and emerging chapters in almost every state, as well as an international branch in Madrid, Spain. Find a chapter.

Association of Late-Deafened Adults

The Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA) offers support groups and resources for anyone who lost their hearing after acquiring spoken language. Some ALDA chapters and groups meet in person while others are online.

Additionally, ALDA hosts ALDAcon, an annual convention providing support, communication and workshops, luncheons and special events for members.

This year’s ALDAcon will be held from Oct. 6 to 10 in Niagara Falls, NY. Register here.

American Academy of Audiology

If you suspect you’re suffering from hearing loss, a trip to your doctor should be first on your list.

Audiologists are the primary healthcare professionals who diagnose and treat hearing loss. Although the American Academy of Audiology is a resource for audiologists and other professionals, its website also features a section for patients.

Articles offering support for seniors and children explore the different types of hearing loss, common signs, and hearing aid facts.

Click here to find an audiologist near you.

Hearing Industries Association

The Hearing Industries Association is a forum for hearing aid manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, and hearing health professionals. The association’s website offers a wide variety of blog posts and resources, including a Hearing Aids 101 guide.

You can find a roundup of online hearing tests, although they are no substitute for a professional hearing test.

Resources are available

While losing one’s hearing can be a daunting experience, help from professionals and others in the same boat exists. As COVID-19 continues, online groups can be especially helpful in finding a community. Check out these tips for communicating while wearing a mask.

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