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Joan Andrews Scholarship

Joan Andrews was a true hearing advocate and among the core group of individuals who formed the state organization Florida Association of Self Help for Hard of Hearing People (FLASHHH) now known as Hearing Loss Association of Florida (HLA-FL). Her three daughters have graciously created the JOAN ANDREWS SCHOLARSHIP in her memory to assist an individual who has not previously attended the HLAA National Convention and who demonstrates in writing a sincere interest in and commitment to sharing HLAA’s mission with others affected by hearing loss. This year’s convention will be held June 20-23 in Rochester, New York.


Join us and others living with hearing loss for an experience you won’t forget. The deadline for consideration was March 1, 2019. Please help us in congratulating Tanya Williams as the 2019 recipient of the HLAA-FL JOAN ANDREWS SCHOLARSHIP.



Healthy Hearing Expo this Saturday Feb 3, 2018

Panel Discussion & Presentation Schedule 9:30 Cochlear Implant Panel: Users of the various brands of implants (Advanced Bionics, Cochlear, MED-EL, and Esteem) will share their experiences going through the “CI” process, how their experience has been versus their expectations and answer questions from the audience. Sponsored by Cochlear Americas 11:00 Assistive Listening Device Panel: Users… Read more »

HLAA Gulf Coast Meeting on Feb 7, 2018 at 12:30 pm Safety Harbor Library

This open “rap session” makes it easy to share your hearing loss questions to get answers. Share your frustrations with your hearing devices or care providers and learn how others solved it. Discuss the new technologies you saw at the Healthy Hearing Expo. Are they for you? Learn how to self-advocate for your needs or support a loved one with hearing loss. Learn from other’s experiences on how they solved similar concerns that you currently have as well as how they seized opportunities you didn’t realize you had.

HLAA Tampa Meeting on Feb 6th, 2018 at 6 pm

This open “rap session” makes it easy to share your hearing loss questions to get answers. Share your frustrations with your hearing devices or care providers and learn how others solved it. Discuss the new technologies you saw at the Healthy Hearing Expo. Are they for you? Learn how to self-advocate for your needs or support a loved one with hearing loss. Learn from other’s experiences on how they solved similar concerns that you currently have as well as how they seized opportunities you didn’t realize you had.

Is it Real or Fiction? Portraying Hearing Loss

During dinner with friends, I was asked if I had seen the series titled Switched at Birth. I had not seen the show and they shared the series follows two sisters switched at birth via a hospital mistake. One was hearing raised in a well-to-do household, while the other had hearing loss (or considered Deaf)… Read more »