About Us
ABOUT US
The Rochester New York HLAA Chapter is one of the oldest and most experienced Chapters in the country. We were founded in 1984. Our Chapter members are from Rochester, the surrounding area, and those with ties locally. All of us are concerned about the issues surrounding living with hearing loss.

We have an active enthusiastic membership, including parents of children with hearing loss, people in the workforce, students, those who are retired, family members and many who provide services to those of us who don’t hear well.

We have many volunteers and together we are a vibrant active arm of our National HLAA organization. Sharing information, ideas and support while working together towards common goals provides the glue that binds us together. We work individually and in committees towards opening up the world of communication to people who don't hear well.​
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OUR MISSION
The Rochester Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America shares the mission of our National HLAA Organization. We work at the ​local level:​ "To Open the World of Communication to People with Hearing Loss by Providing Information, Education, Support and Advocacy." ​

We accomplish this Mission through our award winning Newsletter, presentations to outside organizations and groups, personal interactions, social and print media, through our website and individual advocacy.

We advocate for communication access to locations and events in our community and beyond. We promote the use of assistive listening systems, we communicate with legislators, and often participate in appropriate studies and research that  furthers the understanding of hearing loss.
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COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Members of the Rochester Chapter of HLAA understand the importance of sharing our knowledge, experience, and understanding with others who live with hearing loss. 
We also know those with normal hearing often feel frustrated and impatient when interacting with people who don’t hear well. We are available to provide information about what it’s like to have a hearing loss and provide 
guidance and suggestions to improve communication for everyone impacted by loss of hearing.

We provide direction for those wanting to install assisted listening systems in houses of worship, business meeting and conference rooms, as well as facilities that provide entertainment.

​We distribute informational brochures, pamphlets and other resource information at health fairs and other events. In addition, our Rochester Chapter provides presentations on a number of topics pertaining to hearing loss. We work with agencies, libraries, and senior living facilities as well as other organizations and groups who request information or guidance. We create presentations, which will focus on a particular topic, upon request.
Please call us or send an email for more information. By working together we can promote understanding and facilitate communication between those people who hear well, and those whose hearing is less than ideal. ​​

Contact us for more information! ​​

HLAA Students & Young Adults
If you have a hearing loss, are deaf, or are hearing and interested in promoting the mission of this group, please join our new group. Our sub-committee is open to high-school to college-age students and young adult recently graduated. Our goal is to develop community awareness of hearing loss and to promote access for those people with hearing loss.

 Call 585-266-7890 and leave a message for Suzanne Johnston, or send an email to [email protected] for further information and to apply for the opportunity to be a part of this exciting group!
HLAA Rochester Chapter Organizational Structure​​

July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019

BOARD MEMBERS:  

   
Henry Adler, Steven Barnett, M.D., Dan Brooks, Mary Chizuk, Margaret Cochran, Carmen Coleman, Elise de Papp, M.D., John Eckhardt, Barbara Gates, Michelle Gross, Suzanne Johnston, Charles Johnstone, Barbara Law, Carol Loftus, Gerry Loftus, Stuart Lowenstein, Art Maurer, Sue Miller, Bruce Nelson, Al Suffredini, Chris Suffredini
                                                Honorary Board Members:  Jeannette Kanter, & Joe Kozelsky
Past Honorary Board Member:  Joe Damico

    OFFICERS, *non-board members 


  
Board/Chapter President:
 Dan Brooks 





Vice-President:
Suzanne Johnston





​​Recording Secretary:
Board of Directors /PAC:
Stuart  Loewenstein    





​​Corresponding Secretary:
Carol Loftus 








Treasurer* :
Tom Corteville 





Assistant Treasurer* :
Joan Kohler





​Immediate Past President:
Sue Miller 
   
OPERATIONS COMMITTEE

Board President: Dan Brooks
  
Immediate Past President: Sue Miller  

Vice-President/President Elect: Suzanne Johnston

Daytime Meeting Coordinator: Sue Miller
  
Evening Meeting Coordinator: Barbara Law 

CI Liaison: John Eckhardt 
 
PAC Liaison: Art Maurer