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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.


Friday, October 19th | 5:00pm – 7:00pm Socializing for Fun & To Improve Our Hearing Skills

Join us to relax and have fun with people who understand hearing loss. Meet and socially network with leaders and members of hearing loss groups. Learn about hearing loss educational & support groups in Tampa Bay area. Learn how to use the app “Ava” to provide instant captions for conversations. This event is sponsored by HLAA Tampa, Gulf Coast and Sun City Center. For more information contact [email protected] or 941-706-4312.

HLAA WEBINAR: Until Everyone Hears the Music

Speaker: Jaime Vernon Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 Time: 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. Eastern Time Don’t miss this WEDNESDAY’s free captioned webinar featuring Jaime Vernon, who will be presenting Until Everyone Hears the Music. Summary Jaime Vernon is the founder and executive director of Songs for Sounds (SFS), a charity that grew out of the experience of being the mother of a child… Read more »

HLAA-Central FL – The Villages upcoming speakers for 2018 to 2019

2018 to 2019 Chapter guest speakers Sept. 4th    No meeting – Labor Day holiday Oct. 2nd     Laura Pratesi, Au.D, F-AAA,CCC-A. owner of Citrus Hearing Clinic, Clermont, FL,  *** “Diabetes and You:  Healthy Ears Matter.”  Nov. 6th    Virgi Mills, M.E.D., Engagement Manager with Medel Cochlear Implant Co. ***Introducing new devices recently relased by Medel… Read more »