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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.


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 »