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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.


Hearing Loss and Intimacy

One of my writing instructors stated that if you you’re going to write about love and intimacy, you should be able to do it without mentioning body parts. A writer’s job is to use the right words to make readers visualize and feel. I’m keeping these thoughts in mind as I talk about this delicate… Read more »

WINNER OF THE 2018 Joan Andrews Scholarship

This scholarship entitles to the award of up to $600.00 in reimbursements to attend the Hearing Loss Association of America National Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota from June 21 – 24, 2018. Reimbursement will be made in accordance with the Joan Andrews Scholarship requirements directly from HLAA-FL State Board.

HLAA Reception Tonight!

Our annual open-house wine & cheese reception is this coming Friday night. It will also offer free hearing screenings and audiologist consultations as well as free rides to and from the event courtesy of ITN HLAA Reception Friday Night.   Please note the venue has moved to the Sarasota Bookstore at 12 Palm Avenue at the corner of Main Street and Palm.… Read more »

Central Florida Chapter Hearing Loss meeting May 1, 2018

May is Better Hearing Month   The Hearing Loss Association of America-Central Florida will be having our next meeting on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at the Churchill Street Recreation Center, 2375 Churchill Downs, The Villages, FL 32162 in the Triple Crown room starting at 1:00 p.m.  Our meeting will run until 2:30 p.m..     Our guest speaker, Tiffany Jack, HAS,BC-HIS, with… Read more »

Working and Volunteering with Hearing Loss

I was still working when I first recognized that I needed a hearing aid due to my hearing loss. At the time, roughly thirty-five percent of my hearing was gone. I made an appointment with an ENT physician to ensure there were no medical problems affecting my hearing. He recommended I see an audiologist and,… Read more »