Hard of Hearing Resources
If you have just recently become hard of hearing, or have just accepted that you’ve been struggling with hearing loss for a while, you've come to the right place! Here you will find answers to some of your questions and initial guidance on the next steps to managing your hearing loss. Watch the video, read the brochure, share it with your loved ones and children, then contact the Hard of Hearing Program for more assistance. With over 1 million hard of hearing Arizonans, you are not alone!
Everyone needs support at some time or another. Here is a list of the current hard of hearing support groups throughout Arizona:
- HLAA West Valley (Sun City)
- HLAA Working Adults (Tempe)
- HLAA Sun Lakes (Sun Lakes)
- ALOHA in Tucson has many support groups meeting throughout Tucson and southern Arizona. Please check their website here for more info.
- Tinnitus Support Group Online
There are also many online support groups:
The fourth annual Arizona Walk4Hearing will be held on Saturday morning, November 2nd 2019, at Mesa Riverview Park, the home of the Chicago Cubs Spring Training Camp, in Mesa, AZ. Click here for the flyer.
There are 22 walks that take place across the country and this will be the third annual Walk4Hearing to take place in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Every year thousands of walkers – children and their families, young adults, young at heart, and everyone in between – form teams and walk in their communities to increase public awareness about hearing loss, help eradicate the stigma associated with it and raise funds for programs and services for the Hard of Hearing and Deaf.
Registration will be at 8:00 a.m. with the Walk starting at 10:00 a.m. The walk will be a 5K (3.1 miles) around the Cubs training facility and then turning east around the lake. Lots of free food, activities for the kids, and vendors will be present.
Sponsorships and alliances are available. Form your team today!
For more information, contact Ron Tallman at [email protected].
Check out how ACDHH is celebrating 2019's Better Hearing and Speech Month, and Communication for All, by watching some of the videos below!
Kicking off Better Hearing and Speech Month, Dr. Juliette Sterkens speaks about hearing loss, hearing aids, and loops. She recommends that if you suspect you have hearing loss, get a hearing test, make sure the hearing healthcare provider tests you for speech-in-noise, get a telecoil, and do your homework.
Quiet Restaurants Help Hard of Hearing People Hear Better
Here are some tips:
- remember to request to sit in a quiet area
- choose a high-backed booth
- don’t sit near the windows or doors
- stay away from the kitchen and bars
- make sure you have good lighting so you can lipread
- in pleasant weather, consider sitting on the patio
- if you can have your meal earlier or later than normal, that will also help!
Here are some restaurants in Arizona that are quiet:
The Hard of Hearing Task Force reinforces and amplifies the mission of the ACDHH. Our Task Force vision is that all hard of hearing Arizonans are educated, empowered advocates. Our goals and activities directly support the hard of hearing community and the mission of the ACDHH. Members of the public are always welcome to attend HOH TF meetings. Please contact Michele Michaels for more information: [email protected].
The ACDHH Hard of Hearing Task Force meets quarterly at the offices of
ACDHH at 100 N. 15th Ave., Suite 104, in Phoenix
The next meeting of the Hard of Hearing Task Force will be on Friday, May 17th, 2019, at 9am at the ACDHH offices. This meeting is open to the public and is held in a looped room with CART provided. Should you need any other accommodations, please contact ACDHH immediately.
Hard of Hearing Task Force Members
Current Draft Minutes
- December 1, 2017
A noisy toy is any toy that measures over 85 decibels (dB). You can download a free decibel meter app onto your smartphone to measure the sound of a toy. One of the most accurate sound level apps is the Armstrong Ceiling Solutions Sound Level Meter.
Noisy toys can damage children's hearing. When children are exposed to loud sounds, they become accustomed to loud as normal. But loud noise is not normal and not healthy for a child's hearing.
Remember that children often place the speaker of the toy right next to their ear. Some of the ways to make the noisy toy safer are to put tape over the speaker, make sure the toy is set on the lowest volume possible (some toys are adjustable), take the batteries out, place foam behind the speaker if possible, and limit time spent with the toy.
Other considerations include the environment in which the child is playing with the toy. Are other children present, and are they also playing with toys that create sound? The decibel level in the room can become unsafe. Exposure to 100 dB for 15 minutes will damage hearing.
The national Sight & Hearing Association conducts tests on the sound level of toys every year. This year they found many toys that are too loud.
Hearing Loss for a Day
Dianna Nanez, reporter for the Arizona Republic newspaper, experienced hearing loss for a day. In this article she describes her experiences.
Alvan Adams with the Phoenix Suns volunteered to be "Hard of Hearing" for a day for a panel discussion at ALDAcon 2015. In this video he shares his experiences on what it was like to experience hearing loss for a day.
Luis “Gonzo” Gonzales with the Arizona Diamondbacks volunteered to be "Hard of Hearing" for a day for a panel discussion at ALDAcon 2015. In this video he shares his experiences on what it was like to experience hearing loss for a day.
Priscilla with MIX 96.9 volunteered to be "Hard of Hearing" for a day for a panel discussion at ALDAcon 2015. In this video she shares her experiences on what it was like to experience hearing loss for a day.
JJ Putz with the Arizona Diamondbacks volunteered to be "Hard of Hearing" for a day for a panel discussion at ALDAcon 2015. In this video he shares his experiences on what it was like to experience hearing loss for a day.