A Message from Barbara

HLAA represents 48 million people with hearing loss in the United States.
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December 12, 2019
Gerid with his wife, Denise, and two sons, visiting Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.

Gerid with his wife, Denise, and sons, Declinn and Grayson, visiting Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.

Dear HLAA Friends,

I want to share with you Gerid Adam’s story. It offers a window into how important technology and advocacy can be for people with hearing loss.

Gerid lost most of his hearing as a young child. With the help of technology and the support of peers, Gerid is thriving in his work, as an active citizen, and as a husband and father. He also volunteers his energies to HLAA. Read his story.

As president of the HLAA Greater Grand Rapids Chapter, Gerid loves involving young people and helping them to help themselves by working for hearing access. “It can be very powerful to speak up about your own needs,” said Gerid, “and it can make all the difference in how a young person with hearing loss approaches his or her life.”

Gerid hopes his own story will encourage others to do all they can to help make life better for themselves and the people around them. “You are not alone in this,” said Gerid, “reach out to others and join us!”

When you support HLAA, you help people with hearing loss access essential information and support. Donate today. If you have already made your year-end gift, thank you very much.

With my best wishes for the holiday season,

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Barbara Kelley
Executive Director
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