Local HLA-NC chapters are where much of the magic of HLAA occurs. Local chapters are organized by volunteers who have personal experience with hearing loss. They have one main goal: to help others with hearing loss.
Local chapters usually hold informal monthly meetings that have a short program about some topic related to hearing loss and offer a chance for you to meet others with hearing loss who will share their valuable experience with hearing loss.
Most local chapter meetings are accessible to people with hearing loss. Some have assistive listening systems; some even have Computer Assisted Notetaking (CAN), but all have people who understand how to communicate with a someone with hearing loss ... you're sure to find people with whom you can relate.
No one will try to sell you anything at the local chapters. We hope you'll want to join HLAA (you can do that on-line at www.hearingloss.org), but you won't encounter any sales pitches ... just free help and opportunities to learn.
Shouldn't You Get Involved?
You're always welcome at HLA local chapter meetings, whether you
- have a hearing loss
- are a friend or family of someone with a hearing loss
- are a professional in the hearing industry
Whether you are new to hearing loss, or an expert at hearing loss, there's always something to learn or something to share that can help.