Hearing Loss Association of America Gainesville Chapter

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Welcome to the Hearing Loss Association of America!

The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is the nation’s leading organization representing people with hearing loss. According to the National Center for Health Statistics 48 million (20 percent) Americans have some degree of hearing loss making it a public health issue third in line after heart disease and arthritis.


HLAA provides assistance and resources for people with hearing loss and their families to learn how to adjust to living with hearing loss. HLAA is working to eradicate the stigma associated with hearing loss and raise public awareness about the need for prevention, treatment, and regular hearing screenings throughout life.


The Hearing Loss Association of America has an impact on communication access, public policy, research, public awareness, and service delivery related to hearing loss. Its national support network includes an office in the Washington D.C. area, state organizations, and HLAA Chapters and state organizations across the country.

Your HLAA Gainesville Chapter

The Gainesville Chapter is one of 14 chapters in the HLAA Florida State Association.  Our goal is to provide support and resources to people with hearing loss and their families in Greater Gainesville, Florida.  Take advantage of the following opportunities:


Monthly Meetings - Hear from guest speakers, meet other members, and engage in conversation that is intended to provide encouragement, friendship, and information.


Special Events - Attend special events open to the community on special topics and educational workshops.


Join Our Annual Walk4Hearing Team - Each Fall we gather support from family and friends and participate in a fundraising walk for hearing in Jacksonville, Florida.  Visit the national Walk4Hearing website here to learn more about Walk4Hearing.

Gainesville Chapter Officers

Lynn Rousseau



Lynn serves as Board Member Emeritus with the Hearing Loss Association Florida State Association and serves as the Gainesville Chapter President.


Lynn has received numerous awards including:

1998 Florida's Commission on Human Relations Civil Rights Advocacy Award

2005 SHHH Spirit Award

2014 Oticon Focus on People Award


Lynn serves as guest speaker at UF Audiology classes, ASL Signing Gators, churches, book clubs, Pilot Club, among others.


In her spare time she enjoys dancing, planning accessible group cruises, serving as an interpreter, spending time with her family, 10 grandchildren, and 2 dogs!

Updates & News

Melissa McGinnis



Hearing Loss Association of America

Gainesville Chapter

Gainesville, Florida