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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.


Save The Date July Rap Session

During the months of June, July and August, the chapter conducts “Rap Sessions”. There is no guest speaker, just an open session to focus on your individual needs. Attendance is strong although some folks have wandered “up north”. At these meetings, most all questions, concerns, successes and disappointments are shared and discussed. We will be… Read more »

HLAA SCC, Tampa and GC – Summer EVENTS!!!

Chill out at one of our summer movie socials. Three Saturdays – June 9th, July 14th, and August 11th between noon and 1pm. Regal Cinema Citrus Park Mall 7999 Citrus Park Mall Tampa. Movies are more fun with a crowd & captions. Lunch and Social Time after the movie.

Maintaining Your Hearing Health

It is often not possible for an audiologist or hearing aid dispense professional to tweak new hearing aid or cochlear implant correctly during the first fitting. Those of us with hearing loss have varied lifestyles, which create individual hearing needs. If you have worn wearing aids or implants for a long period of time and… Read more »

Lift the Burdens of Hearing Loss Stress

A while back, my audiologist and I determined that my ear molds did not fit properly. I was hearing whines and whistles between normal sounds, an annoyance that often happens to those who wear aids. To fix the problem my aids had to be sent back to the factory for a mold rebuilding. I’ve been… Read more »