About Us

We are under the umbrella of the national organization of Hearing Loss Association of America which is located in Bethesda. Maryland. http://www.hearingloss.org

HLA-RI’s primary function is to educate it members, their families and friends about the causes, nature and complications of hearing loss and what can be done to better cope with that loss. We hold monthly meetings between September and June at which we may have guest speakers on a variety of topics relating to hearing loss. We may also have informal meetings where the members share their experiences and knowledge relating to hearing loss. We also have two socials a year as well.

We are able to provide CART –Computer Aided Real Time Captioning which is projected on to a large screen so that the participants can “hear what is being said in the meetings”

Some meeting topics include Accessibility, hearing aids, legislation, cochlear implants, tinnitus, captioning, relay system, assistive devices, state services, coping tips many more topics! We also have social events.

Before HLA-RI, many of the members felt isolated, found communication a struggle, were confused about technology, didn’t know their rights and hid their hearing loss

And now HLA-RI is a place to find answers, ask new questions, and meet people who understand. HLA-RI is a resource for information and friendship.

The monthly meetings are held at different locations within Rhode Island. To be placed on the email distribution list for notices and other important announcements, send an email to hearinglossri@gmail.com This email list is not shared with any organizations or individuals and each HLA-RI ‘s member is blind copied on each email.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Library Project

HLA-RI had formed a  Library Committee ( James Litvack, Anne McDonald, Betsy Beach and Tina Thompson) to explore an option of collaborating with the Cranston Library to increase its section of books and DVDs relating to hearing loss. For some of you, you may recall that Paul Holliday who was a long time member of HLA-RI passed away a year ago. Paul had been employed by the Cranston Library for many years.
We are pleased to announce a 5 year program where HLA-RI will donate $100.00 each year with a recommended selection of titles for the library to purchase. The Director Ed Garcia, Assistant Director , Ann Osbon and the Adult/Information Services Coordinator, Beth Johnson were thrilled with this proposal particularly as it would be known as a memorial to Paul Holliday. The library will place  a placard inside of each book the following : " Donated by Hearing Loss Association of Rhode Island in Memory of Paul Holliday".
Below is the press release submitted by the Cranston library to the local and library media:
CONTACT: Edward Garcia, Library Director

RE: Cranston Public Library partners with Hearing Loss Association of Rhode Island to promote awareness of hearing loss

(CRANSTON, RI) The Cranston Public Library is pleased to announce a collaboration with the Hearing Loss Association of Rhode Island (HLA-RI) to promote awareness of hearing loss.  This collaboration is in honor of the late Paul Holliday who was a long time and valued employee of the Cranston Public Library and formerly an active member of HLA-RI.
Paul Holliday was a Librarian at the Cranston Public Library, working at the library for 22 years. He passed away in June 2011 after a long illness.
The intent of this collaboration is for HLA-RI to make a financial donation for the next five years for the Cranston Public Library to purchase books and DVDs for the Paul Holliday Memorial Collection on Hearing Loss to increase access on information relating to this very important topic. The Hearing Loss Association of RI has already provided an initial donation of books towards the collection.
HLA-RI is under the umbrella of Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) which is the nation’s leading organization representing people with hearing loss. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 36 million Americans which are 17 percent of the population have some degree of hearing loss making it a public health issue third in line after heart disease and arthritis. HLAA is involved with communication access, public policy, research, public awareness and service delivery related to hearing loss.
HLA-RI is a consumer group that offers educational presentations, and peer support to its members.  The chapter also provides public awareness to educate people on the importance of prevention, treatment and regular hearing screenings.  This new collaboration with the Cranston Public Library will help to support the need for increasing awareness and knowledge of hearing loss for all citizens in Rhode Island.

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