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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.


A New Benchmark of Quality for Hearing Health Care

Inspired by Ida – A new Benchmark of Quality of Hearing CareThe Ida Institute (who HLAA enjoys a partnership with) has launched a new initiative that aims to strengthen the quality of hearing care and empower people to play a more active role in their own care. Inspired by Ida encourages hearing care professionals to… Read more »

HLAA Happy Hour This Friday!

Our last Happy Hour in February was a hoot and drew 38 folks for a fun night. Remember there are free rides to and from anywhere in Sarasota and Manatee County. There is no charge for the rides and no tipping permitted, so it is a truly free service to allow you to enjoy this… Read more »

Inner Ear Gene Therapy – Recent Advances and Clinical Perspectives

Speaker: Lukas Landegger, M.D., Ph.D. Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 Time: 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. Eastern Time Don’t miss this TOMORROW’S free captioned webinar featuring Lukas Landegger, M.D., Ph.D., who will be presenting Inner Ear Gene Therapy – Recent Advances and Clinical Perspectives. Summary Current strategies to treat hearing loss include sound amplification (via hearing aids), enhanced sound transmission (via middle ear prostheses/active implants),… Read more »

Hearing Loss Technology: The Good and Bad

Is anyone frustrated by their Bluetooth devices and accessories designed to help those with hearing loss? Currently many hearing aid manufacturers offer made-for-iPhone hearing aids and accessories while others offer a connector device to pair hearing aids and Cochlear Implants with non-Apple and other Bluetooth products such as smart phones, computers, televisions, etc. The ability… Read more »

HLAA SCC Chapter Meeting Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Tuesday, April 17th 10AM. Dr Paula Myers – Chief, VA Audiology Clinic Overview of the technologies and services available to veterans. Learn about the latest technologies available to treat your hearing loss. Get an insight to all services and caregiver support available to veterans. Bring your questions for our speaker and other members in social time. Our mission is to open the world of communication for the 260,000 people with hearing loss in Hillsborough County.