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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.


Sarasota Chapter April 2018 Listen!Up

April 2018   THE GIVING CHALLENGE   The Giving Challenge is an exciting 24-hour online giving event supporting more than 625 local nonprofits that have shown a commitment to transparency by having profiles in The Giving Partner.          The Board has not asked for any contribution since the 2016 Giving Challenge. The Board is now… Read more »

When Your Loved One Needs Help with Hearing Loss

My husband and I walked into a very noisy bar and restaurant last weekend and looked around for the friends we were meeting there. When not seeing them, my husband told me to wait at a corner table while he went deeper into the restaurant to see if they’d arrived ahead of us. As he… Read more »

Hearing Loss- It’s All Relative. Can You Relate?

I had another hearing loss snafu. Have you ever had issues with your own hearing loss technology? My issue began with a personal hearing loss technology issue when I developed an issue with my new Oticon ConnectClip. The Oticon ConnectClip is a very innovative device. It allows users to connect Oticon OPN hearing aids to… Read more »