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.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Meeting Announcement!

Next Meeting: Saturday April 20 2013 10:00 AM- 12:00 Noon
                                                                (Please note time change)

Where: Warwick Public Library, Sandy Lane, Warwick, RI

Topic:  What Do You Want to Know about Cell Phones?

Speaker:  James Litvack-Self –Made Guru of Assistive Technology

The next meeting will be a presentation on cell phones. It will include the following:

1. Brief history of cell phone / pagers for those with hearing loss
2. Ways Smart Phones can help (relaying, texting, captions)
3. Information about which companies offer discounts and data- only plans and
    how to obtain desired plans.
4. Questions and thoughts from the audience

So bring your questions and thoughts as there will be an opportunity for an interactive discussion.

There will be CART.