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National Chapter and Membership Coordinator

Carla Beyer-Smolin as been a part of HLAA since 1990s working in both the chapter and membership departments. During Carla’s time with HLAA in previous years she coordinated the Children’s Workshops for our conventions. She developed and managed "Heroes for Hearing Loss," a mentoring program for children with hearing loss. Carla has also helped created some key publications. She wrote the “ADA Begins with You” column in our then hard-copy publication, "SHHH News," that went to chapters.

She also created and published the "SHHH Ventures" newsletter that went to young adults with hearing loss. Taking a leave from the organization to raise her family and is now back with the HLAA family. She looks forward to connecting and working with our membership and strengthening our chapter network to help make a difference for people living with hearing loss and their families. Carla met her husband, Mark, through the SHHH Young Adults Group. They live in Maryland and have two children, a son in college and a teen-age daughter.


Submitted by Merv Daniels Tools for the Late-Deafened, Deaf, Hard-of Hearing and our Hearing Allies ALDA ROCKS! As the world continues to deal with the effects of the Coronavirus, COVID-19, many of us remain or are sheltering in place and are doing our part to avoid the spread of the virus.  Now, more than ever,… Read more »

Message from South Palm Beach Chapter

Greetings! We hope that this finds you well and safe. As you may have heard or assumed, our monthly meetings in April and May have been cancelled. Our meeting place for many years, the South County Civic Center in Delray Beach, is a very busy place now as it hosts COVID-19 testing. Hopefully, we can… Read more »

HLAA National Virtual Meeting

HLAA National Virtual Meeting April 25, 2–3:30 p.m. (ET) Speaker: Gael Hannan Hearing Loss Advocate, Writer, Speaker, Humorist Watch Gael’s entertaining and informative video for registration tips. Topic: A humorous look at the highs and lows of physically distancing with hearing loss. Moderators: Holly Cohen, Hearing Health Advocate Shari Eberts, HLAA Board Vice Chair Roxana… Read more »

Making the best of hearing situations during a disaster

Making the best of hearing situations during a disaster Though my husband and I are sheltering, I found it necessary to venture out to my local bank to take care of a business transaction that I couldn’t do online. When moving here fourteen years ago, I had chosen a local family-owned bank, finding they offered… Read more »

Virtual Meeting With National

  Please join a virtual get together for the hearing loss community sponsored by The Zoom meeting will include a presentation from our speaker with time for questions and comments. Saturday, April 11, 2:00–3:30 PM (Eastern Time)  Speaker Dr. Kevin Franck Director of Audiology for Mass Eye & Ear, HLAA National Board Member. TOPIC An audiologist’s perspective on caring for your hearing… Read more »