Introduction

This page discusses reasons for membership from the perspective of a group such as: veterans, teachers, craftsmen, facilitators who hold public meetings, religious participants, senior citizens, theater goers, restaurant goers, travelers and commuters, health professionals, young adults and parents, cell phone users, and teens.

Specific Benefits by Group

The section lists specific reasons to consider membership in our chapter listed by group.  Browse through the groups to see where you fit.

Veterans

Veterans may have hearing problems resulting from a war or other cause.  The impulse noise exposure sustained in duty can result in immediate hearing loss or a temporary shift.  This stress then leads to hearing loss months or years after the incident. In addition, other health problems can emerge. You should know your options and know how to conserve the remaining hearing you have.  Some of our members are veterans.  They have been there, done that, and may be able to offer insight on how to cope, how to conserve, and where to get help.

Teachers

iPods and rock concerts are dangerous, but students don't know the risks.  Do you think their parents will discuss this with them?  We have taught awareness workshops to first and fourth graders.  And, we are taking a program to high school students soon.  Learn how to communicate with students who are hearing impaired.  Learn how to conserve your and their hearing. If these programs might be useful to you or your students, then contact us.

Craftsmen

On the job, you may use machines on a regular basis that produce more noise than you think.  If the machines produce noise that includes high frequency, you should wear ear protection whenever your machines are operating for more than a few minutes in order to prevent hearing loss.  Come to our meetings to learn more about it.

Public Officials

Increasingly community noise is becoming a problem, perhaps not every where.  But, we suspect you know where and you know the sources of the noise.   If you are thinking about launching an awareness program or passing noise ordinances to keep your town hearing-friendly, contact us.  We can offer advice and examples on how to address the problem.

Facilitators Who Hold Public Meetings


When speakers, performers or leaders meet in your facility, are you prepared to cater to the hard-of-hearing?  There are many ways to "amplify" a room so those with a hearing disability can enjoy the session.  In fact, come to our meeting to see first-hand some of the various ways we amplify the room so our members can hear.  And, we have implemented solutions on a budget that is tighter than yours.

Religious Participants

Whether in a church, a synagogue, or on a retreat, do you get the message?  Perhaps you need something to  amplify God's word other than a public address system.  We have consulted with many organizations to make places of worship more hearing-friendly.

Senior Citizens


Hearing loss stresses your body, not just your ears.  If not addressed, it can cause isolation, depression, and reduce your life expectancy.  Fortunately, we live in the electronic and advanced-medical age that offers a variety of solutions to help with hearing loss.  Consider coming to a meeting to learn more about how a variety of electronic aids can help you live better in a hearing world.

Theater Goers


There are a number of ways for the hard-of-hearing audience to hear the script, the music or the sound track at the theater.  Infrared, FM radio signals, or an inductive loop system are some basic choices.  But, how often do you or a hearing-impaired loved-one stay home from the theater because you know it is not hearing-friendly?  You may be able to increase your theater enjoyment if you know where to go and how to deal with your options.

Restaurant Goers     

When family or groups congregate in a busy restaurant, it is often difficult to hear the conversation.  Yet, there are coping techniques that HLAA SW CT members practice in these conditions.  Our members can share their tools and suggestions with you.

Travelers and Commuters

In this County, commuters, truck drivers, and air travelers are exposed to more hearing stress than other group of people.  How much is too much?  And, what is the lag time -- in years -- between exposure to the noise and the irreversible hearing loss?  Our members have looked into this issue and can help you answer the question.

Health Professionals

Audiologists, professors of audiology, State commissioners, and ENT doctors have all presented at our meetings and are partners with us to reduce the impact of our disability.  Some savor the value of a long-term relationship with HLAA and have made return engagements.  Others have contribute regularly to our award-winning Newsletter.   So, our membership share insights with these highly trained, dedicated professionals.  

Young Adults and Parents (Baby Boomers)

Young adults and parents need to know about the risks of noise-making and hearing loss.  Whether Dad's tools, appliances in the kitchen, the TV, or juniors toys, there are many sources of noise in and around the home.  And, did you know that asprin and Ibuprofen are ototoxic, meaning that for certain susceptible people, large dosages can cause hearing loss? Prolonged exposure to loud noise and continuous exposure to any noise above normal conversation level (60 dB) may increase ones risk of hearing loss, especially if that person has a family history of loss.  Furthermore, fetuses can loose some of their hearing when exposed to loud noises, so avoid sitting up front for the Fourth of July fireworks or sitting by the cymbals and drummer at the football game.

Cell Phone Users

The Norwalk Hour recently published an article entitled "The Good and Evil of Cell Phones."  Here are some selected quotes, intentionally chosen from their article that relate to hearing loss and other health issues:

"There is uncertainty with regard to longer use (of cell phones, longer than 10 years and pertaining to brain tumors.)..."
"Teenagers who use their cell phones excessively are more prone to disrupted sleep, restlessness, stress and fatigue..."

Researchers have found that these health problems are caused by the same thing as hearing loss -- simply, too many prolonged noise waves and electromagnetic waves entering the ear canal and penetrating the skull.

Teens

Regretfully, the per cent of teens experiencing hearing loss is increasing each year.  This is largely due to not protecting their ears when they go to rock concerts, play loud music in a band, or stick ear buds connected to iPods or MP3s in their ears -- on loud -- for more than 15 minutes.  This observation is made by Dr. Robert L. Weiss, an ENT doctor in Norwalk, CT.

Membership Application


If you are interested in joining our chapter, click the Contact page, request an application either via phone or email. When it arrives, send it in with your check. For your membership, you will receive notification of our support meetings and our social events.  In addition, you may volunteer to participate in our workshops and other initiatives.