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 2016 NC Walk4Hearing was a big success, again this year. Close to 400 people attended and raised nearly $56,000 to help HLAA and our NC Chapters. Our Wake Chapter appreciates the share of the donations made on the chapterís behalf that help fund our operation. We do appreciate all the people who supported Wake Chapter.

If you click on the above Walk4Hearing Logo, you'll be able to more details about our 2016 Walk4Hearing.

HLAA National Convention

Start planning now for the 2017 HLAA National Convention. It's planned for Salt Lake City June 22nd - 25th.

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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Thanks to Bettie and Julie
Bettie Ittenbach and her friend Julie formed a team for a recent "Super Fly" walk that supports disabilities. Their team represented hearing loss and volunteered at the walk wearing HLAA hats and T-shirts. They earning $90 which was donated to HLAA-Wake. Bettie participated in our last NC HLAA Walk4Hearing, and is excited about partipating again. We thank Bettie and Julie for advocating for hearing loss at a general disabilities walk.

In Memoriam
HLAA-NC has lost another great member and friend. Ron Vickery passed away in his sleep Tuesday night March 7th, 2017. Ron had been an active member and leader in HLAA for over 25 years, first in Wake Chapter, then as a founding member and President of the HLAA-NC state association in the early 90's. He then moved to Georgia and was active in HLAA there until we welcomed him back recently to North Carolina.

Ron was a retired IBM engineer who developed many assistive technology devices including neckloops, personal amplifiers, parabolic microphones (see the "Hear at a Distance" story below), table loops, and he even looped his entire house. He was always happy to share is knowledge of hearing loss and technology. He will surely be missed by family and friends.

In Memoriam
HLAA-NC lost a great volunteer and friend in December, 2016, when Ken Alterman, passed away. Ken had been a leader in HLAA in New York and had been a strong supporter of the national Walk4Hearing, when he and his Wife, Roberta, moved to South Carolina a few years ago. We were delighted to have him volunteer with HLAA-NC, where he applied all his financial and accounting exeprience to North Carolina's Walk4Hearing for several years including the successful 2016 Walk. His dedication and friendship will be missed.

In Memoriam
With great sadness, we report that Susan Wilson has passed away. Susan, and her late Husband, Richard, were consistent supporters of HLAA-NC from its begnnings in the early 1990s. For several years, she was the Hard of Hearing Services Specialist in the Greensboro Regional Center. She also as served as Chapter Coordinator in the Triad for many years.

Starting Out in Hearing Loss?
People with a lot of experience in hearing loss are often asked for advice by people who are new to hearing loss. See this List of Suggestions that provided one answer to that question.

New Loops in the Triangle
There are two new loops recently installed by professional installers in the Raleigh area. If you enjoy theatre, or museums, then check these out. And be sure to let them know how much you appreciate their providing an audio loop, when you do visit.
  • Raleigh Little Theatre's Sutton Theatre installed a loop last Summer. HLAA Wake Chapter held one of our program meetings in the theatre to celebrate the new loop. Click Here to see an article about the RLT loop and the Wake Chapter Celebration event at the theatre.
  • The NC Museum of Art now has a professionally installed loop in the SECU auditorium. You can use their loop to hear lectures or movies better. HLAA Wake Chapter will be presenting a traning session for the museum staff and docents.

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.

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.

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.

The HLA-NC Web Site Hits New Highs, AGAIN!

The chart below shows for annual results for visits and unique visitors.

As you can see, we welcomed almost a quarter million visits, of whom over 200,000 were unique visitors.

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