The mission of HLAA, Greater Grand Rapids is to open the world of communication to people with hearing loss by providing information, education, support, and advocacy.
STATEMENT OF STRATEGIC INTENT
HLAA seeks to enable people with hearing loss to live life fully and without compromise. Success will be achieved when:
- Stigma withers away.
- Hearing loss is no longer considered shameful.
- People take action.
- Effective, affordable, and easy-to-use hearing devices are routinely worn by people with hearing loss.
- Costs come down. Medicare and all other insurance plans cover a full range of hearing technology and aural rehabilitation programs.
- More public spaces are communication accessible. High-quality assistive listening devices and captions are available in theaters, transportation, government buildings, and houses of worship.
- Consumers have the know-how. People understand how to successfully cope with their hearing loss, and how to obtain and use the technology and therapies they require.
- Providers follow best practices. Clinicians offer a wide spectrum of devices and treatments, know how they work, and base care on an assessment of each person’s hearing and lifestyle needs.
- The technology works seamlessly. Audio devices, including mobile phones, easily connect to one another without glitches, incompatibilities, or additional devices like streamers.
- Hearing loss is recognized as a key public health issue. Healthy hearing is deemed essential to human physical and psychosocial health so that screening for hearing loss occurs routinely in primary care.
- Hearing loss prevention is routine. School children are taught how and why to protect their hearing. Laws limiting noise levels in public spaces are enforced.