“to open the world of communication for people with hearing loss through education, information, support and advocacy”
Hearing Loss Association of America Eastern CT Chapter (“HLAA-ECC”) is an affiliate of Hearing Loss Association of America located in Bethesda, MD. HLAA-ECC was formed in October 2012, and held its first meeting on October 20, 2012. HLAA-ECC is a tax-exempt, charitable organization that is entitled to receive tax deductible donations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
HLAA-ECC is fortunate to meet at the Phillips Communication Sciences Building on the campus of the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT. That building houses the Audiology Program of the University of Connecticut. The relationships between HLAA-ECC, the faculty of Audiology Program, and the UConn Audiology Students and the Student Academy of Audiology have become mutually beneficial relationships. We have had presentations by both faculty and students that have been some of the better presentations. The graduate students have learned a lot about how people deal with hearing loss from a perspective not available to most audiology students, and we have in turned learned a lot more about audiology and other hearing loss related subjects than we might have otherwise.
We do have a strong educational agenda. In addition to members of the UConn faculty and the UConn students as presenters, a majority of our meetings include a presentation by a professional in a field related to hearing loss. We do emphasize aural rehabilitation and the use of assistive devices as part of our educational program.
In our short existence, we have participated in a number of health and wellness fairs. We have made several presentations at the 2 VA hospitals in CT. We did a looping demonstration at the Northeast Cochlear Implant Convention in Boston in July 2013. We do stress community outreach and are available for presentations around the state. We are currently seeking out various community organizations at which we can make presentations. Our presentations include a brief explanation about hearing loss itself and some of the causes. We also emphasize communication tips for hearing people who are communicating with someone with hearing loss.
We are currently involved in discussions with UConn about installing an induction loop in the Harriet S. Jorgenson Theatre on the Storrs campus. That is a 500-seat theatre that hosts 4-6 long running performances a year. Currently, it is served by a waning infrared system.
Several of our members are involved in encouraging churches in eastern CT to install loops. We will donate receivers for these systems with the institutions involved providing most of the necessary funding. We are prepared to assist an appropriate institution with fundraising if necessary through traditional means and by seeking grants from various charitable foundations.
We do have an extensive involvement in the deaf and hard of hearing community. We are represented on the Organizing Committee for the Walk4Hearing. We are also represented on the CT Council of Organizations Serving the Deaf and on the Public Advisory Committee for the Relay CT telephone system.
We are planning social events for our members. We are hoping to have fall, winter, and spring events. We may also try to work in captioned movies at various area theaters, and of course attend a play at the Jorgensen Theatre once that is looped.
We have a number of other projects that we are hoping to get in the works in addition to the looping projects. One such program is an “aid for hearing” program whereby the Chapter will provide funding to buy hearing aids for those who cannot afford them and do not have insurance coverage for hearing aids. That project will be funded by bank foundations and charitable foundations.
We welcome you to become involved in our Chapter as a member and attend our monthly meetings (September through June), and our social events. We also have a number of volunteer positions that would tremendously benefit the Chapter if you are inclined to help raise the level of education and awareness relating to hearing loss. We meet on the third Saturday of every month, September through June, at 10 am, in the second floor conference room of the Phillips Communication Sciences Building, 850 Bolton Road, UCONN, Storrs. Signs are posted to lead the way onto the campus and to the meeting room. Specific directions can be found on the page entitled, “Chapter Meetings”.
Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. If you prefer you can contact the Chapter moderator, Randy Kirsch, at (860) 659-8082. If you have any questions about the Chapter, the meetings, directions or anything else, please do not hesitate to contact us. We hope to see you at one of our upcoming events.