New England Chapters

HLAA Boston Chapter is neighbor to a network of HLAA New England chapters serving people with hearing loss who live in the North of Boston, Cape Cod, Plymouth, Central Massachusetts, and Eastern Connecticut areas.  Like the more than 200 HLAA chapters across the U.S., each of the New England chapters is made up of peer volunteers committed to promoting resources for living well with hearing loss.  Each chapter has its own history and set of key initiatives related to accessibility, education, skill development, and social connection.
  • North of Boston Chapter  (primarily serving Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose and the North Shore) celebrates 25 years of service this year, offering an intimate, supportive environment and a program that emphasizes education and encouragement for young people with hearing loss through its scholarship program.
  • Central Massachusetts Chapter (primarily serving people in the areas near and west of rte. 495, including Worcester) is made up of a group of old and new HLAA volunteers who continue to offer support and resources to the hearing loss community.  The Central MA Chapter has a longstanding history of  excellent programming as well as generous support for the Walk4Hearing. The group meets in the Northborough Public LIbrary.
  • Cape Cod Chapter (primarily serving  Southeastern Massachusetts, including  Cape Cod and the Islands)  has a membership fee of only $10 a year.  All meetings are free and open to the public. There are many activities you can help with–from baking for the coffee table to advocating for accessibility at your neighborhood theater and everything in between.  Meetings are accessible to people with hearing loss:  transcribed with CART (computer assisted real time transmission); accessible through an induction loop in the ceiling which works invisibly with the telecoil in your hearing aid to bring the sound directly to your ears; and, if you do not have a hearing aid, with the use of receivers and headphones to amplify the sound from the microphones.
  • Eastern Connecticut Chapter  (serving all of CT except Fairfield County) is in its second year of programming and is growing in many ways. ECC provides a well rounded schedule of programs, including programs with a strong emphasis on aural rehabilitation, looping, and assistive technology.  ECC has tremendous resources available in the form of its board members, professional advisor and supportive outside organizations.

 

All people affected by hearing loss are welcome to attend programs at any of the HLAA New England chapters.  Information about events and programs  can be found by following the links under “New England HLAA Chapters” at the bottom of this web page.