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Hearing Impairment and Deafness


Includes Hearing Impairment, Deafness, Hard of Hearing, and Hearing Loss.

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International National
State Listings:   AZ / CA / NY /WA-DC / WI    (Official USPS State Abbreviations)
Country Listings:   Belgium


International

World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) international organization representing 70 million people worldwide, works with the UN to promote the rights of deaf people in all countries.


National

American Tinnitus Association (ATA) is an association offering information and support for people with tinnitus, and also supports research and advocacy because some people develop tinnitus when they lose their hearing. They offer information about Tinnitus, tips on coping with Tinnitus and a newsletter to keep people abreast of the most recent research on this debilitating condition that has no known cure. For more information, contact the ATA at P.O. Box 5, Portland, OR 97207-0005, or telephone: (800) 634-8978 Toll-free within the United States, (503) 248-9985, or (503) 248-0024 (FAX) or send Email to tinnitus@ata.org

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) is a general association for the deaf and hard of hearing offering a variety of programs. AG Bell helps families, health care providers and education professionals understand childhood hearing loss and the importance of early diagnosis and intervention. Through advocacy, education, research and financial aid, AG Bell helps to ensure that every child and adult with hearing loss has the opportunity to listen, talk and thrive in mainstream society. The AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language (the Academy) is an independently governed, subsidiary corporation of AG Bell . The Academy was established in 2005 and envisions a future where individuals and families will have qualified listening and spoken language professionals available in their immediate geographic area. The Academy is uniquely positioned to advance the revolutionary global opportunity for deaf or hard of hearing individuals to listen and talk via proven technologies and with guidance and education from certified professionals. For more information, contact AG Bell at 3417 Volta Pl, NW,
Washington, DC 20007, or
Phone: 202-337-5220, or
Fax: 202-337-8314 or send
E-mail to: info@agbell.org

Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA)offers support groups. ALDA reaches out to deafened individuals regardless of age of onset who are seeking their place as a deafened person. ALDA gives late-deafened adults a chance to mingle without being uncomfortable about their deafness and - perhaps for the first time - a chance to confront and accept their deafness. For more information, contact ALDA at 8038 Macintosh Lane, Suite 2, Rockford Illinois, 61107, or phone 815.332.1515 or send E-mail to: info@alda.org

Better Hearing Institute is an education and advocate organization about hearing loss, treatment, prevention, Tinnitus, which offers aural education, counseling, hearing loss resources, publications, a blog and discussion forum. They offer a guide "Your Guide to Better Hearing" and "Hearing Loss e-Guides." Request the guides on their website. For more information contact them at Better Hearing Institute,1444 I Street, NW, Suite 700,Washington, DC 20005, or Phone - 202.449.1100, or Fax - 202.216.9646 or send E-mail to mail@betterhearing.org.

Hearing Loss Association of America is a national membership association with 250 chapters located throughout the United States. This Association provides information, education, support and advocacy to individuals with hearing loss. The chapter meetings specifically focus on "Education: Promoting understanding of the nature, causes, complications, and remedies of hearing loss. Advocacy: Promoting new technology, medical research, and legislation that will alleviate the effects of hearing loss. Self Help: Promoting self-confidence; empowering individuals with skills to improve their lives; and providing interaction among people with hearing loss, their friends, families, and professionals." Their website features a number of helpful links to several helpful resources, publications, and the association's newsletter. There is also a section on Hearing Assistive Technology that includes frequently asked questions, and many other opportunities to learn more about the available technology. For more information, visit their website or call (301) 657-2248 (Voice/TTY).

Hyperacusis Network is an organization for people who have hyperacusis which is an intolerance for sound, all sound is too loud for this condition.

National Association of the Deaf is the oldest and largest constituency organization safeguarding the accessibility and civil rights of 28 million deaf and hard of hearing Americans in education, employment, health care, and telecommunications. Their website offers information on American Sign Language, legal rights, deaf culture and community, education and employment, technology, and much more. For more information, visit their website, call (301) 587-1788 (Voice), (301) 587-1789 (TTY) or e-mail NADinfo@nad.org.

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) "provides health information about human communication and disorders of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language. They offer fact sheets, brochures, reports, directories, database searches, and other resources available for the public and health professionals." The website features a special section for parents of children with hearing or communication disorders as well as a newsletter, a comprehensive listing of links to related organizations and a frequently asked questions section. For more information, visit their website.


State Listings


Arizona

New Sign The EAR Foundation of Arizona will work in a collaborative partnership with persons, health care institutions, governmental agencies, foundations, trusts, and other organizations to provide and promote the best possible outcomes for persons with hearing loss, and for those who are at risk for hearing loss or deafness, who are deaf, who have tinnitus, and/or who have a balance disorder. To provide a broad range of competent educational, informational, research, prevention, intervention and advocacy services for the benefit of persons of all ages and backgrounds who have a hearing loss, who are deaf, who may be at risk for hearing loss or deafness, who have tinnitus, or who have a balance disorder. Contact the Ear Foundation of Arizona at 4745 North 7th Street, Suite 215, Phoenix, AZ 85014. or write melissa@earfoundationaz.com


California

Deaf Counseling, Advocacy and Referral Agency (DCARA) is a non-profit, community-based social service agency serving the deaf community throughout California. DCARA offers information and referral, counseling and independent living skills training, employment services, a computer training lab and a deaf community lab. They also offer programs specifically for deaf Latinos, deaf gay and lesbian individuals and deaf seniors. For more information, call (510) 483-0753 or visit their website to find a location near you.


New York

Deaf Adult Services, Inc. of Western New York is a non-profit organization offering a range of services to the deaf and hard of hearing. Services include advocacy, information and referral, a resource library, a device loan closet, interpreting service, sign language instruction and more. For more information, call (716) 833-1637 or e-mail office@wnydas.org.


Washington D.C.

Maryland Metro KODA (Kids of Deaf Adults) (MMKODA) offers fun activities for the children of deaf parents and their families living in the Washington DC metro area (Maryland, Virginia, and DC). MMKODA also offers workshops for deaf parents to learn how to help their hearing children live in two worlds, the world of the hearing and the world of the deaf. The KODA activities give KODA children a chance to meet other KODA children. Activities include picnics, ice skating parties, and holiday parties. Click on "KODA Events" to see a list of current activities and a long list of activities held in the past. To contact KODA, send e-mail to KODApride@aol.com or contact Thomas Bull, CODA National Outreach Coordinator, 8112 Russell Road, Alexandria, Virginia 22309, or Phone: (703) 799-2239 (Voice & TTY)


Wisconsin

Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing offers a range of programs and services to Southeastern Wisconsin residents who are deaf and hard of hearing. For more information, call (262) 790-1040 (Voice), (888) 742-7651 (TTY).

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Alliance has a mission to provide opportunities for leadership and personal growth within the Signing (Deaf) community. They offer a number of special events throughout the year including the deaf comedy club, their day camp for children and ASL classes for children and adults. For more information, call (414) 258-5640 (Voice) or (866) 889-8647 (TTY).


Country Listings


Belgium

Hear It AISBL is non-profit organization for people with hearing impairment and their website is available in English, Spanish, German and French. Their mission "is to collect, process and circulate all and any up-to-date scientific (sociological, legal, medical, public, policy related) and other relevant information including personal stories pertaining to hearing impairments and their human and socio-economic consequences." For more information contact Hear-it AISBL, Avenue Tervuren 35, B-1040 Brussels, Belgium, Phone: +32 477 53 25 89 or send e-mail to: hear-it@hear-it.org.


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