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There are many more resources available, but the most important are your audiologist and otolaryngologist (ear doctor). While the internet has a vast supply of information, please check with your health care provider to make sure the information is accurate for your situation. The following organizations below have been provided by our staff for your benefit.
Hearing Loss Association of America
National voice for hard of hearing people in the United States. This is the largest organization for people with hearing loss and has over 250 chapters across the country. www.hearingloss.org or call 301-657-2248 (voice/TTY)
Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell)
Information is for both children and adults. AG Bell has a section specifically for parents of children with hearing loss. They have national programs and advocacy, as well local chapters. www.agbell.org or 202-337-5220
American Tinnitus Association
Offers both information and support for individuals experiencing tinnitus. There are both online support groups and local chapters. www.ata.org
Large web site with information for parents and teachers of hard of hearing children. Lots of ideas and support from parents. Comprehensive list of hearing loss publications. www.listen-up.org
Association of Late-Deafened Adults
For those individuals who find themselves new to hearing loss later in life. There are a limited number of local chapters; however you can participate in the online chat and email forums. www.alda.org or call 866-402-2532 (voice/TTY)
Say What Club
This is an online support group that communicates primarily through email. There are subgroups within the listing dedicated to specific topics. www.saywhatclub.com
Deafness Research Foundation
Works to make hearing health possible through research and education. Information available on specific hearing and balance disorders. www.drf.org
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
Wealth of information and free reports on various aspects of hearing loss you can order or download. www.nidcd.nih.gov
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
ASHA is the professional, scientific, and credentialing association for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists in the United States and internationally. www.asha.org