The Hearing Loss Association of America of Greater Baltimore (HLAA-GBC).


The chapter meets serveral times a year. Hearing loss meetings open to the public, as well as a summer picnic and winter holiday party.


Hearing loss meetings are held throughout the year, except for December, July, and August. 

 Please see our calendar for details.


News over the years!

NEW BROCHURES for 2017 to 2018
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New Brochure!
New Brochure for 2016 to 2017!!!
HLAA-2016 to 2017-NEW.pdf
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Top 10 Reasons to Join Our HLAA Chapter
Top 10 Reasons to Join Our HLAA Chapter
Reasons to join chapter-FINAL 2.22.2016 [...]
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Top 10 Reasons to Join HLAA National
Top 10 Reasons to Join HLAA National
Reasons to join HLAA-March 2016.pdf
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Holiday Party on Dec 7th, 2014!!!
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Kickoff: what's a Kickoff?
Saturday, September 12, 2015 (11:00 am to 1:00 pm)

Maggiano's Little Italy 
5333 Wisconsin Ave NW 
Washington, DC 20015

Driving Directions


There are many ways to be involved in the HLAA Walk4Hearing.

Join HLAA and the thousands of walkers today!

The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Walk4Hearing is the largest walk of its kind taking place in multiple cities across the country. Every spring and fall thousands of walkers - children and their families, young adults, young at heart and everyone in between - form teams and walk in their communities to increase public awareness about hearing loss, help eradicate the stigma associated with it and raise funds for programs and services.

Who Walks?

  • People with a passion for hearing loss issues get involved because either they have a hearing loss themselves or they want to show support for someone they know with hearing loss.
  • Parents of children with hearing loss walk as families and meet other parents along the way and share experiences.
  • Company teams walk to build workplace camaraderie.
  • Alliance groups such as schools for children with hearing loss, hospitals, universities and other nonprofit hearing loss-related organizations join the Walk4Hearing to raise money for their own projects.
  • Hearing health care professionals walk because they support our cause.

Why We Walk?
We walk because hearing loss is a public health issue in the United States.

  • 48 million (20 percent) Americans have some form of hearing loss
  • 26 million have noise-induced hearing loss that could be prevented
  • 2 to 3 out of every 1,000 children are born deaf or with a hearing loss
  • 60 percent of the people with hearing loss are either in the work force or in educational settings

Many people do not know where to find information and support they need to adjust to living with hearing loss. When someone has a hearing loss it affects everyone they interact with - family, friends, co-workers, employers, neighbors - we all need to understand the impact of hearing loss and how to communicate with people with hearing loss.


it not too late to resinger for HLAA Walk for Hearing ... 


If you have any question please email me at

This summer.. there are 4 people going to HLAA Convention in St. Louis, MO...

We are leaving on June 24th to 28th...


More info about it is on the website:


Melissa O'Neill, Carrie Nicholsen, Beth Wisemen and Barbra Plogman is going to this Convention.. We will let you know how it goes.. :)! 

JUNE 11th, 2015


Please come on June 11th at 6:30pm to 8 pm...

It Game night w/pizza.

Any questions please contact us...





Melissa O'Neill, President
Carrie Nicholsen, Vice president 

May 19th, 2015


Please come on May 19th at 10:30 to noon... It an open meeting with Coffee and Donuts…

Any questions please contact us...






Melissa O'Neill, President
Carrie Nicholsen, Vice president 

April 23, 2015 meeting


The speech banana team from John Hopkins will be speaking at the meeting. Their speech banana app for iPad helps CI cochlear implant recipients to better hear and is another way to add to the retraining process. 

Isn't that exciting?!

6:30 to 8pm at HASA

5900 metro Dr.
Baltimore md 21215

Joe Duarte speaking...

March 26, 2015

6:30pm to 8pm at HASA

Joe Duarte speaking about

recent communication enabling technologies


Joe, a native of Portugal, will speak about his experiences dealing with hearing loss and how he uses the most recent communication enabling technologies to make a difference in his life.  He will share his cochlear implant experience and how he uses supplemental technologies to achieve 100 % accessible communications on mobile phones including access to 911.

 Joe is the President of Duartek, Inc., a company providing engineered accessible systems to help facilities become more accessible to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. He also provides consultation services to a very diverse group of clients. Before founding Duartek, Joe worked for ten years as a systems engineer at IBM. He holds a degree in Biomedical Electronics Engineering from the University of Rhode Island. He is married to Meg who also has a cochlear implant and teaches at Woodson High School in Fairfax County. Joe and Meg have four hearing children and live in Centreville, Virginia.

FEBRUARY 17th, 2015

It about a Open Meetings...

February 17th, 2015

Bring your questions! and Join us for coffee and donuts.

Have any questions or issues on hearing loss, come and someone will be there to guide you.


Time: February 17th, 2015-Tuesday Morning

10:30 to Noon...

October 21st, 2014

Coping With Sudden Hearing Loss

“Where Do We Belong Now?”

Guest Speaker: Joe Elizondo





Coping with Sudden Hearing Loss

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

10:30 AM – 12:00 Noon
The Hearing and Speech Agency
5900 Metro Drive | Baltimore, MD 21215

Visit for more information

Morning / Evening Meetings of The Hearing Loss Association of America - Greater Baltimore Chapter are Looped, Captioned and have Assistive Listening Devices available.

NOTE: Sign Language Interpretation provided upon request.

Contact Melissa O’Neill at least two weeks in advance at Email: 

 Meetings are free and open to the public.

Last year walking for Hearing 2014..
The Washington DC Walk4Hearing Kickoff Event is Saturday, September 6.   The Walk is Saturday, October 25 at the Sylvan Theater Stage in Washington DC.
We had a wonderful kickoff on Sept 6th :).... 
This is the main fundraiser for HLAA-GB and the Chapter uses the funds to caption the meetings and to pay the Hearing and Speech Agency for use of the building for meetings and other miscellaneous expenses.  I ask you to donate funds to the HLAA-GB team.  This is easy - your tax deductible donation of $15 or more can be made online at the site below for the Baltimore team.  A harder but fun part is to join the team and walk and/or raise funds by asking people you know for donations.  We want to remove the stigma of hearing loss, and one way to do this is to be empowered and tell your story and walk and raise funds!   See for yourself that It truly is more fun to give than receive.
Funds come back to the Chapter, but also are used nationally to educate and advocate for hearing loss - insurance for hearing aids and cochlear implants, more captioning, mental health, new baby screening, assistance for veterans with a hearing loss, and much more.
Please let Carrie, team captain, or me know if you have any questions or concerns.  
Thank you!!!

Information about the Washington DC Walk4Hearing can be found at   To go to the HLAA-GB site, copy and paste or click on

Date: October 25th, 2014 Time: 9am - Registration/Check-in
10am - Walk begins 
Distance: 5K (3.1 miles)

Location: Location:
Sylvan Theater Stage
Washington Memorial Drwy 
Washington, D.C. 

Come Join Us!! Anyone welcome: Family, Friends & Sponsors!

Baltimore HLAA Walkers....

Take in the Sights of Washington D.C.

Hold ctrl and click here to go to the team page and one can just join from that page, clicking the join team link next to team name.

Another way to join is to go to the ( page. On the left, look for the Fall Walk and click Washington D.C. walk. Then click find team and type Hlaa & the team HLAA-GB should show up on list and click & join from the team page. It is easy & quick.

Money we raise from walkathon, portions of it go to our chapter to help pay 4 interpreters, transcribing, & social gatherings.

And That’s Cool, Rad, & Awesome!! & I’m Inspired?   Are U?!!




Thursday, March 26, 2015,   6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

The Hearing and Speech Agency

5900 Metro Drive

Baltimore, MD 21215


Guest Speaker: Joe Durante about Techology












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