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.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Special Event! October 5th 2013 at the Crown Plaza in Warwick

Hearing Loss Association of Rhode Island to Present
Knowledge and Intervention:
Special Program on Understanding Hearing loss

A day to leave our misconceptions and fears about hearing loss outside and gather to learn the best ways to understand and manage hearing loss from two noted experts in the field. It will also be an opportunity for all those who are interested in hearing loss to gather together and gain a better understanding of hearing loss.

When: Saturday, October 5, 2013 from 9:00-3:30 at the Crown Plaza Hotel, 810 Greenwich Ave Warwick, RI Continental Breakfast and a Deli buffet luncheon will be served. This event, including food, is free of charge.

We are fortunate to have two speakers who are very knowledgeable in their fields: Dr Douglas Beck of the Oticon Foundation and Dr. Kathleen Cienkowski, Professor in the University of Connecticut’s Speech and Hearing Department.

Intended audience: Persons with hearing loss, their families and friends, audiologists, social workers, speech- language therapists, early Intervention providers or anyone with an interest in learning more about hearing loss.

Learning outcomes: Participants will learn about causes of hearing loss and how hearing loss is diagnosed and treated, the benefits and limitations of hearing aids.
Participants will also learn their best options for getting hearing aids, how to make sure they are getting the correct device for their particular hearing loss and which sources they should be wary of.

Participants will also learn how auditory training and assistive devices may help them.

9:00am -9:45am Registration and Continental Breakfast
10:00am- 12:00 Dr. Douglas Beck: Issues in Hearing, Listening and Cognition 
12:00-1:00pm Luncheon Buffet with time to visit exhibits
1:00pm-3:00pm Dr. Kathleen Cienkowski: The Benefit of Aural Rehabilitation
3:00pm-3:30pm Wrap-up

CART will be provided. Any additional accommodations must be submitted by August 30th

Registration Form

Pre-registration is required as attendance is limited to 75 participants 

To register, please email to HLARhodeIsland@aol.com with the following information. Each Individual must register:


Email address:

Please check below:
HOH:          Late deafened:           Deaf:                       Hearing:

Consumer:           Parent:          Professional:               (identify profession)

Registration deadline:  Friday, September 13, 2013. Email to HLARhodeIsland@aol.com

             CART will be provided. Any additional accommodations must be submitted by August 30th

You will receive an email confirming your registration

HLAA-RI wishes to thank the following for helping with the costs of this event

Click on the map below for directions to the Crown Plaza

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