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The Hearing Loss Association of America Gainesville Chapter blog seeks to provide support and resources to people in greater Gainesville who have hearing loss.

2016 Annual Cruise

Melissa McGinnis - Thursday, May 12, 2016

Join us for the 2016 Annual Cruise for 8 days in the Eastern Caribbean.


The ship name is Freedom of the Seas, sail date on November 26, 2016.


Ports of call include:

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Labadee, Haiti

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Philipsberg, St. Maarten

Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis


Fares starting from $798/person


Deposit of $250/person due July 20, 2016

Final payment due by September 7, 2016


For more information contact Barbara Maher, 407-788-4563,

Improving Personal Relationships by Enhancing Listening Skills

Melissa McGinnis - Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Are your hearing troubles affecting your relationships with friends and family?


Do you have a tendency to withdraw socially because communication is difficult?


Join us to discuss how to improve personal relationships by enhancing listening skills.


Monday, February 22, 2-4:30 pm


Gainesville Senior Recreation Center

5701 NW 34th Blvd, Gainesville, FL  32653

Improving Relationships Through Better Hearing

Melissa McGinnis - Monday, August 17, 2015

Join us Monday, August 24, 3 - 4:30 pm at the Gainesville Senior Recreation Center to hear from Virgi Mills, M.E.D., Outreach Manager for the Southeast Region.

For directions visit


We will show a fun graphic organizer for demonstrating how to explain your hearing loss to others. How to understand speech better in noisy environment, how listening better help you hear better!


Better communicating, listening and talking - it’s a two way street, especially for those with hearing loss. During and at the end of the presentation, we will encourage participation from the audience to share their strategies for communicating but also how they can practice listening. Never know what you are going to learn!

Train to Help People with Hearing Loss

Melissa McGinnis - Monday, June 08, 2015


Hearing Loss Association of America
The Hearing Loss Association of America
(HLAA), in partnership with Gallaudet University, the American Institutes for Research (AIR), and Hands & Voices, is seeking applicants for a volunteerconsumer train-the-trainer program. The Network of Consumer Hearing Assistive Technology Trainers (N-CHATT) is a network of consumer trainers with the knowledge and skills necessary to train others impacted by hearing loss in the successful integration of hearing assistive technology to support individual hearing and communication needs at home, work, school, and the community.

The consumer train-the-trainer program will be provided over a nine month period and begins in October, 2015. The training will be provided through a blended learning format that will include access to an online community, webinars, and one in-person two-day training at the HLAA home office in Bethesda, Maryland. All trainers are required to attend the June HLAA Convention 2016 in Washington, D.C. following the conclusion of the training portion of the program. Interested applicants must commit to outreach and implementation of at least three (3) community training events before the June HLAA Convention 2016. These events are for individuals in the community with hearing loss and those who work with individuals with hearing loss.

Training materials, lodging, breakfast and lunch during the two day meeting will be provided for selected participants. Participants are responsible for transportation and time to participate both online and in the two-day in-person training. Registration and expenses related to attendance and travel to the HLAA Annual Convention 2016 will be the responsibility of the participant.

Selected applicants are parents of children with hearing loss and adults with hearing loss who currently use hearing assistive technology in personal and public situations such as using the telephone, during face-to-face communication, interacting with media, and using alerting devices that make audible signals visual and/or tactile. Individuals selected should be comfortable using technology. Additionally, applicants should have some experience with training and facilitation and currently or will become a member of HLAA prior to the start of training. Trainers will be responsible for collecting and reporting feedback using provided reporting forms during training and for training events conducted in the community.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer consumer trainer please complete the application form found at the following link:

Applications are due on: JUNE 15, 2015. Following completion of the application form, please send three references along with your resume, work history, or Linkedin webpage link to:

Questions about the program and/or application should be directed to:

We look forward to working with you to become a consumer trainer.

Win a Cruise for Two!

Melissa McGinnis - Sunday, June 07, 2015

With a $10 donation, enter to win an entry for a cruise for two on the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line ship Allure.

The drawing will be held the first week in August.

Contact to donate or for more information!

HLAA Royal Caribbean Cruise

Melissa McGinnis - Friday, April 03, 2015


Join us on the Allure of the Seas, a 7-night Eastern Caribbean cruise with Royal Caribbean.  


The cruise leaves from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on November 8, 2015.  


Assisted Listening Devices and CART will be available for all.  Bring your family and friends.  Deposits due at booking.


Contact and mention the flyer below when you call. 

Royal Caribbean Cruise

Hearing Loss Association 2015 Convention

Melissa McGinnis - Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Join us June 25 – 28 at the St. Louis Union Station, a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in St. Louis!

Register early for the greatest discounts on registration packages! There are several packages available so be certain to review the packages carefully to determine which is the right one for you. Early-bird registration prices are good through January 31, 2015.


Veterans with Hearing Loss, Welcome to HLAA and Convention 2015 We are pleased to offer a complimentary registration (education package) for veterans with hearing loss attending the HLAA Convention 2015 for the first time.

Two Ways to Register:

  1. Online Registration – You will need to create an HLAA Portal Login if you don't already have one.
  2. Registration Form – we welcome your completed form by:
    Mail to: 7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1200, Bethesda, MD 20814
    Fax to: 301.913.9413 or
    Email to:


Visit to learn more and view all registration forms!


Learn About Hearing Loops: Guest Speaker, Juliette Serkens, AuD

Melissa McGinnis - Monday, January 26, 2015


Learn About Hearing Loops

with Guest Speaker, Juliette Serkens, AuD

Monday, March 2, 2015
10 am - 12 noon
Gainesville Sr. Recreation Center
5701 NW 34th St, Gainesville

This event is free to attend.  Invite family, friends, and business owners to learn how hearing loops can be used in public places for better hearing.

Welcome to the HLAA Gainesville Chapter

Melissa McGinnis - Saturday, January 10, 2015

Welcome to our new website!  We are excited about 2015 and all of the great opportunities to build community this year!

With better information, great technology opportunities, resources, and community, we believe we can provide the support you and your family needs to navigate any challenge that comes your way.


We are excited to welcome great speakers and informative topics for discussion at our monthly meetings.  We are also excited about another year of Walk4Hearing with dates to be scheduled soon!


So, stay in touch and get connected!

Hearing Loss Association of America

Gainesville Chapter

Gainesville, Florida