Hearing Loss Association of Albuquerque
Hearing Loss Association of Albuquerque is open to all individuals concerned with hearing loss issues. It provides effective information, education, support and advocacy to people facing the daily challenges of communicating with a hearing loss.
The Association Chapter holds monthly meetings that are open to the public from September through June with 8 educational meetings and two "socials." These meetings are hearing accessible through a public address system, by Computer Assisted Real-Time Translation (CART)services (visually displayed dialogue) and a "hearing loop" that transmits sound via a magnetic signal to telecoil equipped hearing aids and cochlear implants. Student ASL interpreters are also provided. The Chapter also maintains a Website at HLAAbq.com and publishes a monthly newsletter WIRED FOR SOUND.
Meeting program topics deal with matters of special concern to those with hearing loss issues, their families and friends including technology, coping strategies, services, rights under the American with Disabilities Act and other issues. Some meetings feature panel discussions and the one-on-one sharing of information by meeting attendees.
The Chapter's Outreach efforts to increase awareness of hearing loss in the community include participating in health fairs, State Agency Conferences dealing with hearing loss, presentations to area service clubs and working with the media in the placement of news stories on hearing loss issues.
The Loop NM initiative of the Hearing Loss Association of Albuquerque, promotes awareness and use of hearing loop/ telecoil technology in hearing aids and the increased installation of "induction loop" equipment in homes, meeting rooms and other venues.