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Deaf and Hearing Impairment Resources

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Updated June 02, 2013

The following deaf and hearing impairment resources can help individuals and caregivers find information, education programs, research opportunities, as well as training and job opportunities.

Alexander Graham Bell Association

"The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing helps families, health care providers and education professionals understand childhood hearing loss and the importance of early diagnosis and intervention. Through advocacy, education, research and financial aid, AG Bell helps to ensure that every child and adult with hearing loss has the opportunity to listen, talk and thrive in mainstream society. The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing ia a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization."

The website has also added the Listening and Spoken Knowledge Center, which seeks to engage the deaf and hearing impaired community by sharing information and providing support.

  • Alexander Graham Bell Association
  • 3417 Volta Place, NW
  • Washington, DC 20007
  • Tel: 202-337-5220 (Voice)
  • TTY: 202-337-5221
  • Email: info@agbell.org

American Society for Deaf Children

The American Society for Deaf Children is a national organization in the United States. They are advocates for the deaf and hearing impaired community, supporting the use of sign language and English literacy for children. They support families and believe that everyone should have equal access to qualified providers and educational opportunities.

  • American Society for Deaf Children
  • 3820 Hartzdale Drive
  • Camp Hill, PA 17011
  • Tel:866-895-4206 (Voice)
  • TTY:717-334-7922 (Voice/TTY)
  • Email: asdc@deafchildren.org

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

The American Speech Language Hearing Association is primarily a "professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 135,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists." The website also provides educational information for the public. Topics include Hearing and Balance, Health Insurance, Speech, Language and Swallowing, and a variety of resources.

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • 2200 Research Boulevard
  • Rockville, MD 20850-3289
  • Members: 800-498-2071 (Voice)
  • Nonmembers: 800-638-8255 (Voice)
  • Fax: 301-296-8580
  • TTY: 301-296-5650
  • Email: actioncenter@asha.org

American Tinnitus Association

According to the American Tinnitus Association, "Tinnitus is now the number-one service connected disability for all veterans and is particularly prevalent in servicemen and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan." The ATA exists to "cure tinnitus through the development of resources that advance tinnitus research." Tinnitus is commonly caused by noise exposure and affects over 250 million people worldwide.

  • American Tinnitus Association
  • P.O. Box 5
  • Portland, OR 97207-0005
  • Tel: 800-634-8978
  • Email: tinnitus@ata.org

Association of Late-Deafened Adults, Inc.

The Association of Late-Deafened Adults, Inc.'s vision: "To establish a universal presence for ALDA that connects people who embrace all forms of communication: visual, oral, and aural, and supports people who face the unique challenges of living as a late-deafened adult."

  • Association of Late-Deafened Adults, Inc.
  • 8038 MacIntosh Lane
  • Rockford, IL 61107
  • Tel and TTY:815-332-1515 / 866-402-2532
  • Email: info@alda.org

Boys Town National Research Hospital

Boys Town National Research Hospital's stated mission is to "help heal America's children and operate the nation's leading clinical research center for childhood hearing loss and related disorders." The website provides information on a variety of hearing-related topics including Cochlear implants, Hearing and Balance, Technology and Educational Outreach.

  • Boys Town National Research Hospital
  • 555 N. 30th Street
  • Omaha, NE 68131
  • Tel: 402-498-6511

Center for Hearing and Communication

The Center for Hearing and Communication "provides hearing health services to people of all ages who have a hearing loss. They offer a wide array of services including free hearing screenings; complete hearing evaluations; pediatric services; hearing aid fittings, sales and repair; speech therapy; tinnitus retraining therapy; emotional health and wellness; and the evaluation and treatment of auditory processing disorder.

  • Center for Hearing and Communication
  • 50 Broadway, 6th Floor
  • New York, NY 10004
  • Tel: 917-305-7700
  • TTY: 917-305-7999
  • Email: info@chchearing.org

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Deafness and Family Communication Center

The Deafness and Family Communication Center provides a wealth of information about hearing loss for babies, children and teens. Some of the topics on the website include screening newborns, early intervention, communication choices, and growing up with hearing loss.

  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Deafness and Family Communication Center
  • 3535 Market Street, 9th Floor
  • Philadelphia, PA 19104
  • Tel: 215-590-7440
  • TTY: 215-590-6817
  • Email: info@raisingdeafkids.org

Hearing Loss Association of America

The Hearing Loss Association of America "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 website includes resources, an online community, and information on events, training and advocacy.

  • Hearing Loss Association of America
  • 7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1200
  • Bethesda, MD 20814
  • Tel and TTY: 301-657-2248
  • Fax: 301-913-9413

International Federation of Hard of Hearing People

The International Federation of Hard of Hearing People is "a nonpolitical and nonsectarian organization. It helps hard of hearing or deaf people of all ages and their families. IFHOH also assists people who suffer from tinnitus or Meniere’s disease."

  • International Federation of Hard of Hearing People
  • Box 6605
  • S - 113 84
  • Stockholm Sweden
  • Europe
  • Tel: (011) 05205-15463

Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center - Gallaudet University

The Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center "provides information, training, and technical assistance for parents and professionals to meet the needs of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Our mission is to improve the quality of education afforded to deaf and hard of hearing students from birth to age 21 throughout the United States."

  • Gallaudet University
  • 800 Florida Avenue, NE
  • Washington DC 20002-3695
  • Tel: 202-651-5051
  • TTY: 202-651-5052

National Association of the Deaf

The National Association of the Deaf is the "nation's premier civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America. Established in 1880, the NAD was shaped by deaf leaders who believed in the right of the American deaf community to use sign language, to congregate on issues important to them, and to have its interests represented at the national level. These beliefs remain true to this day, with American Sign Language as a core value."

  • National Association of the Deaf
  • 8630 Fenton Street, Suite 820
  • Silver Spring, MD 20910
  • Tel: 301-587-1788
  • TTY: 301-587-1789

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