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We are a NEW local Chapter.

Seminars, advocacy for the Hard of Hearing community, social events, support & volunteer opportunities

  • you are never alone in your hearing loss- 48 million people in U.S. have it
  • meet a new friend
  • learn technology for hearing loss

HLAA-Indianapolis is an affiliate of HLAA National. Please visit for the National webpage.

Our mission is to open up the world of communication to people with hearing loss by providing education, information, support and advocacy.

We believe sharing our hearing loss journeys through socialization, advocacy, information, and education is important for hearing health. Our organization is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization offering support to all ages who have hearing loss.

There are over 48 million people in the United States who have hearing loss. Today one in five people have hearing loss. The National Hearing Loss Association of America has existed for over 30 years helping people learn how to best cope. It used to be called the Self Help Hard of Hearing (SHHH) organization when it started. In addition, through our advocacy efforts, affiliates located in all 50 states we have made monumental changes in recent years through legislation and policy on behalf of those with hearing loss.

Come learn more about us and meet new friends who have hearing loss.

We also offer volunteer opportunities to serve the community. If you are interested, please contact us.

HLAA – Indianapolis Chapter Meetings for 2019

All meetings are on 1st Saturdays of the month.

Locations vary so look carefully at the schedule.

All meetings provide CART text displayed on large screen & StreamText LIVE to cell phone/computer (link below).

Time:10:45am to 12:15pm with social hour of 10:30am to 10:45am.

Aug 3 At Irvington Public Library, 5625 East Washington St Indianapolis

Speaker: Mark Mays, the new HLAA Dayton President & motivational hearing loss speaker.

Aug 28(Wed) CONFIRMED. 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Social outing Mallow Run Winery:

6964 W Whiteland Rd., Bargersville IN (see below)

Sep 7 At Irvington Public Library, 5625 East Washington St Indianapolis

Sep 30 (Monday) SAVE THE DATE for a special evening presentation by the National HLAA Audiologists and Get In The Hearing Loop Campaign-National Advocate Dr. Juliette Sterkens to speak in a LOOPED space so switch on your telecoils. Hosted by our Chapter. (See below for details). This is one event you definitely don't want to miss! Event Location: Northminster Presbyterian Church, 1660 Kessler Blvd East Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46220

Oct 5 At Irvington Public Library, 5625 East Washington St Indianapolis

Speaker/Presentation: Cochlear Implants, Meghan McKenna

Nov 2 Thanksgiving potluck & meeting. (Extended time 10:30am-2:30pm.)

Speaker: Lori Isaacs, Speech Pathologist

At new location:Glendale Branch, Public Library, 6101 N Keystone Ave, Indianapolis (Located in Glendale Shopping Center, entrance next to Staples).

Dec 7 Christmas potluck & meeting. (Extended time 10:30am-2:30pm.)

At Irvington Public Library, 5625 East Washington St Indianapolis




Meeting Locations:

1. Irvington Public Library: 5625 East Washington St Indianapolis 46219

2. Glendale Public Library:6101 N Keystone Ave Indianapolis 46220

3. Northminster Presbyterian Church, 1660 Kessler Blvd East Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46220

Irvington Public Library

Glendale Public Library

Northminster Presbyterian Church

RSVP to Vandana Free event. Spaces limited.

Our Chapter is Hosting a special speaker (Wed Sep 30) to the local community-Dr Juliëtte Sterkens

Audiologists and interested public members are all invited to this special event. Save the Date!

Our Chapter is hosting a Special Speaker open to all interested parties, including local audiologists.

Sep 30 Juliette Sterkens -Save the Date!

Juliëtte Sterkens took a leave from her audiology practice to take on the position of Hearing Loop Advocate for HLAA, traveling across the country to meet with HLAA Chapters and audiologists about the importance of telecoils and how to get a hearing loop project started in their community.

We will have this meeting in a Looped Auditorium for all to experience enhanced hearing through the use of telecoils in their hearing aids.

Location: Northminster Presbyterian Church (1660 Kessler Blvd East Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46220) MAP

Click above to play Dr Sterkens' presentation to HLAA National.

Flyer for Downloading and Printing.pdf

Regular meetings are held with live captioning displayed on an overhead screen for members to follow.

Thank you to our Remote CART* provider, Susan Wollenweber Dezelan, who kindly does our meeting captions, gratis.

*CART stands for Communication Access Realtime Translation. CART is a service in which a certified CART provider listens to speech and instantaneously translates all the speech to text.

Our Newsletter is just one of the benefits of joining our Chapter.

Breaking News: Telecoil Bill Ceremonial Signing by Governor Holcomb in presence of our Chapter President, Teresa Gonzalez, and major ICCA members (Indiana Committee for Communication Access). June 24, 2019.

HB 1113 requires first and second class cities in Indiana to consider the installation of audio frequency induction loop systems in new or remodeled public buildings to accommodate the use of telecoils in hearing aids. The law also requires Audiologists and Hearing Aid Dealers to provide oral and written information to consumers that explains telecoils and induction loop systems. It requires installation of the systems to meet ANSI standards so that the systems work as planned.

The hard work and efforts of the Indiana Committee for Communication Access, which has 3 members from our Chapter, is instrumental in this landmark achievement and will help all Indiana citizens who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Governor Holcomb with Linda Loftus, Chair ICCA and ICCA members Teresa Gonzalez (President HLAA-Indianapolis Chapter) and Janice Neidigh (President HLAA-Michiana Chapter). More pictures in Resources/ Photos.

Our meetings are a place where you can feel comfortable with others who have hearing loss too.

You are never alone!

Support this local event.

Book Recommendation

Keynote Speaker at the June HLAA Convention, Rebecca Alexander is author of the recommeded book "Not Fade Away".

The inspiring and moving memoir of a young woman who is slowly losing her sight and hearing yet continues to live life to its fullest potential.

Even a darkening world can be brilliantly lit from within.

Born with a rare genetic mutation called Usher syndrome type III, Rebecca Alexander has been simultaneously losing both her sight and hearing since she was a child, and she was told that she would likely be completely blind and deaf by thirty. Then, at eighteen, a fall from a window left her athletic body completely shattered.

None of us know what we would do in the face of such devastation. What Rebecca did was rise to every challenge she faced. She was losing her vision and hearing and her body was broken, but she refused to lose her drive, her zest for life, or—maybe most important—her sense of humor. Now, at thirty-five, with only a sliver of sight and significantly deteriorated hearing, she is a psychotherapist with two masters’ degrees from Columbia University and an athlete who teaches spin classes and regularly competes in extreme endurance races. She greets every day as if it were a gift, with boundless energy, innate curiosity, and a strength of spirit that have led her to places we can’t imagine.

In Not Fade Away, Rebecca tells her extraordinary story, by turns harrowing, funny, and inspiring. She meditates on what she’s lost—from the sound of a whisper to seeing a sky full of stars, and what she’s found in return—an exquisite sense of intimacy with those she is closest to, a love of silence, a profound gratitude for everything she still has, and a joy in simple pleasures that most of us forget to notice.

Not Fade Away is both a memoir of the senses and a unique look at the obstacles we all face—physical, psychological, and philosophical—exploring the extraordinary powers of memory, love, and perseverance. It is a gripping story, an offering of hope and motivation, and an exquisite reminder to live each day to its fullest.

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Hearing Aid Donation Center.pdf

Donate your old hearing aid when you attend our chapter meetings. We are a donation center for hearing Charities of America. All donations are tax deductible and you will receive a letter of acknowledgement.

Thank You For Your Support.

This HLAA Chapter wants to thank our President, Teresa Gonzalez, for all the work and planning she does throughout the year to bring information and support to people with hearing loss. This chapter is becoming a good advocate in our community for communication access. She is a driven volunteer strongly leading our Chapter, and for that, we all say THANK YOU Teresa!

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