About Us

History

The Boston chapter was created in 2004 by a talented Harvard University undergraduate, Patrick Holkins, following his internship in the HLAA national office in Bethesda, Maryland – an experience that prompted his decision to begin to manage his hearing loss more openly and actively.

Hear@Boston was born out of the need to create a hearing loss community for young adults in the Greater Boston area and to help people to live fully and with well being, despite the challenges of living with hearing loss. Originally made up of a small group of young people in their twenties and thirties, the chapter today includes a diverse and widened membership made up of people of all ages who have been touched in one way or another by the experience of living with hearing loss.   Our membership includes parents of children with hearing loss, teens and young adults, partners of persons with hearing loss, working people and retirees.

Mission

The purpose of the HLAA Boston Chapter reflects that of the national organization:   to empower people who have hearing loss by facilitating opportunities for social engagement, education and skill development.  

Participation

MFA Sargent Large Group photoHLAA Boston provides wonderful opportunities for people with hearing loss to work hand in hand with others experiencing similar challenges.  We encourage all of our members to let us know their areas of interest and to use the resources of the chapter to create new programs or help with ones already established.  Because we are a group of peer volunteers, we enthusiastically welcome your energies in support of chapter life in a wide range of areas, including:

  • Outreach and membership development
  • Social events
  • Meeting planning
  • Advocacy initiatives, especially in promoting  captions and assistive listening technologies, particularly loops, in public places
  • Walk4Hearing planning and Walk day volunteering
  • Mentoring persons who are new to hearing loss and/or membership in the chapter
Rabias Group Shot
Fabulous food and quiet – until around 7:30!
Kim Labrecque
Kim Labrecque

 

Other New England Chapters

HLAA Boston Chapter is neighbor to a network of HLAA New England chapters serving people with hearing loss who live North of Boston,  in the Plymouth region, in Central Massachusetts, in Eastern Connecticut  and in Vermont.  Like the more than 200 HLAA chapters across the U.S., each of the New England chapters is made up of peer volunteers committed to promoting resources for living well with hearing loss.  Each chapter has its own history and set of key initiatives related to accessibility, education, skill development, and social connection.

Central Massachusetts Chapter

Primarily serving people in the areas near and west of Route 495, including Worcester, the Central Massachusetts Chapter is made up of a group of old and new HLAA volunteers who continue to offer support and resources to the hearing loss community.  The Central MA Chapter has a longstanding history of  excellent programming and generous support for the Walk4Hearing. The group meets in the Northborough Public Library.

Website:  http://www.hearinglosscentralma.org/

Plymouth, Massachusetts Chapter

The Plymouth Hearing Loss Chapter was founded in November of 2015. Today, the chapter meets bi-monthly on odd months from September to May. There are currently over 120 members.

Website: www.hearinglossplymouth.org

Eastern Connecticut Chapter

Hearing Loss Association of America Eastern CT Chapter (“HLAA-ECC”) is a place where people with hearing loss can meet other people with hearing loss.  HLAA-ECC is a place where people with hearing loss can learn and gain an understanding of hearing loss and how to better cope with hearing loss.  HLAA-ECC is all about information and support for people with hearing loss.  Meetings are open to all, with or without hearing loss, to learn, understand, gain support and provide support.  Bring your family, your friends, and join us.

Website:  www.hlaaeasternctchapter.org

Hartford, Connecticut Chapter

Hear Here Hartford.  Our Mission: To empower teens and young adults to overcome their everyday life challenges associated with hearing loss. We aim to do this using a mentor model. Mentors participating in our chapter are all successful, hearing impaired adults who freely share their experience to provide hope, inspiration, and support to our young members. With support of dedicated mentors, as well as Teachers of the Hearing Impaired, our Chapter strives to help our youth move toward acceptance of their hearing loss and find strategies to manage it in everyday life situations.

Website: www.hearherehartford.org

Vermont Chapter

Contact: Deb Charlea Baker,  dkayak@vermontel.net