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Chapter meetings are held the third Saturday (unless otherwise noted) of each month at Christ the Servant Church, 2600 Lakeway Drive, Bellingham, WA. Meetings begin at 9:30am with the scheduled program from 10 to 11:30am. Hearing assistance technology is available, and all our meetings are captioned. For contact information and directions, visit the Find Us page (Click Here). See the Programs and Transcripts page (Click Here) for dates and times for the summer and winter potlucks and other schedule changes.

NEXT CHAPTER MEETING: Saturday, August 19th 11am to 2pm
Summer Potluck - Fun, Feast, and Fellowship
Charlene MacKenzie, Larry Wonnacott and Tanya Griffey will share highlights of the 2017 HLAA Convention
NOTE: Location at BJ's Clubhouse, 4848 Village Drive, Bellingham, WA

October 28, 2017 
Hearing Loss Management Workshop
9-12 noon with Charlene MacKenzie  Location: 2600 Lakeway Drive, Bellingham, WA
In a personal, small group setting -- wearing hearing aids or not -- learn more about your own hearing loss and how to shop wisely for hearing devices. Bring your current audiogram. No cost, but a priceless opportunity for our members.

Plan NOW to attend the HLAA 2018 Annual Convention!

June 21-24, 2018: Hyatt Regency Hotel, Minneapolis, Minnesota

We Can Help
If your life is being impacted by hearing loss, whether your hearing loss or that of someone else, drop by one of our meetings and see what we have to offer. We work to open the world of communication to people with hearing loss, providing information, education, support,and advocacy.

Our Focus
While we have information about different types of assistive technologies like hearing aids, captioned phones, or cochlear implants, our focus is on how people with hearing loss can live life to the fullest.

Affiliations
We are affiliated with the Hearing Loss Association of America and the Hearing Loss Association of Washington State. (For more information, Click Here).

Hearing Loss Basics
Basic and general information, both text and video, from the Hearing Loss Association of America. (Link - new window)  

We are not affiliated with any business nor do we endorse products. We are an all-volunteer, non-profit organization. 

CHAPTER NEWS

June 2017: HLA- Whatcom Partners with WWU Audiology Clinic to Establish a WWU Hearing Aid Bank


On June 1, 2017 the Whatcom County Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA-Whatcom County) met with Rieko Darling, Ph.D., WWU Audiology Clinic and Au.D. Program Director, to present a check for $1,500 for delivery to the Western Washington University Foundation.  Pictured in this photo are Michael Sweeney, HLAA chapter president, Rieko Darling, and Charlene MacKenzie, co-founder of the chapter in 2004 (shown with her hearing service dog, Lola.)

 The donation initiates a new teamwork project between the local hearing loss chapter and the University, to support the establishment of a WWU Hearing Aid Bank to serve our local community.  Graduate students in the new Clinical Doctorate in Audiology (Au.D.) Program, which begins in the fall of 2017, will have the opportunity to fit refurbished donated hearing aids to income-restricted people in need of hearing help. Dr. Darling and  HLAA Whatcom County Chapter envision this hearing technology associated project becoming a major endeavor supported by many community service organizations in Whatcom County.

 The Whatcom County Chapter, today 80 members strong, has served the area since 2004. Meeting the 3rd Saturday morning every month from 9:30 to 11:30, they provide information, education, support and advocacy to people who are hard of hearing.  Christ the Servant Lutheran Church at 2600 Lakeway Drive in Bellingham, has hosted this group since its inception.  The two founders, Charlene MacKenzie and Bert Lederer, as members of this church, increased its outreach by including a Hearing Health Ministry in support.

 The need for hearing aids is a major one in America.  The incidence of hearing loss is estimated at 17% nationally.  Based on the June 2016 census figures and applied locally, that would add up to at least 1 million people in WA State alone, nearly 30,000 in Whatcom County and over 11,300 in Bellingham.  Neither Medicaid nor Medicare provide hearing aids which can vastly improve the ability to hear-and-understand speech as well as many environmental sounds that keep people "connected" with their world.

 Charlene MacKenzie

charmackenzie@comcast.net

 
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