2017 Annual Picnic at Lake Murray

The meeting will be held in the Multipurpose Room - Follow the signs.

CART will be available

Our guest speaker will be

Casi Sims from SCEDP.

Next Scheduled Meeting is set for:

Saturday, November 18, 2017, 1:00pm

 Casi Sims, Outreach Coordinator at the South Carolina Equipment Distribution Program. She is happy to attend our next meeting on November 18th to speak on their program, and what different things they have to offer.

 SCEDP serves South Carolina residents who have a hearing or speech challenge. The equipment in our program includes enhanced phones and alerting devices. People who qualify for the program are provided equipment to use for as long as they remain in the state and have landline phone service. People can apply to SCEDP by choosing a product that meets their needs, obtaining a professional certification of a qualifying disability, and submitting the required application materials. There are no income requirements. SCEDP reaches out to people who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, blind/low vision with hearing loss, and speech impaired. SCEDP products are funded by a surcharge on all South Carolina residential and business phone lines. The surcharge appears on everyone’s phone bill. Since everyone pays into the program, we encourage all eligible residents to apply.

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July 2017 Fire Fly Baseball Game HLAA Display


We will not have a regular meeting in

December and March.  These months, we celebrate and PARTAY!  The Christmas party is scheduled for December 9th at 1pm at Still Hopes.  We had a great turnout last year. Come prepared for a snowball fight, according to Bob Zeimer (treasurer)

Cochlear Americas

Are you tired of paying for hearing aids that aren’t working? Good news! Hearing implants may be covered by your insurance plan. Visit our Insurance Resource Center to learn everything you need to know about coverage for hearing implants: http://bit.ly/2fGEjnq

Award accepted on behalf of the Midlands Chapter

Every year, HLAA Midlands, SC Chapter has an annual picnic where can all gather together for discussions, food and games. You are cordially invited to join us next year and join in on the fun. We had a great turn out this year and we are hoping it will be even better next year.

Don't forget to visit our resources page for more information and opportunities that may be available to you.

Salt Lake City 2017 Convention Trip a Success

More Information available on the National HLAA Organization webpage at hearingloss.org

Please RSVP David Bitters by November 15th



HLAA Midlands SC Chapter participated at the July 2017 Fire Fly Baseball Game by setting up a display table with valuable information relating to Hearing Loss. The goal was to raise awareness and the impact that hearing loss has on people in our daily lives. We had many people stop by inquiring about hearing loss and requested information.

If you would like to join HLAA or  would like more information on hearing loss, see the link below or complete the short form under the tab "Contact" at the top of this page. We are eager to hear from you.

Seated at the table, left to right are, David Bitters, President; Joan Van Leuven, Executive Secretary; and Debbie Ammerman, Vice President.


Presented by Michaela Stapp, Alicia Saunders and Emily Metze

WHEN: November 13, 2017 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Where: University of South Carolina Speech and Hearing Research Center, Room 316

Who is invited? Anyone involved in aural rehabilitation and their family members / friends.

What will be discussed? Cochlear implant accessories and the telecoil.

We hope to see you there!

A Voice for People with Hearing Loss

 Education • Support • Advocacy

Do you have a hearing loss and find it difficult to be a part of everyday life?

Do you know what you can do to help yourself and some of the many services that may be available to you?

Attend an HLAA – Midlands Chapter Meeting

Meetings every 3rd Saturday of the month at:

1 Still Hopes Dr, West Columbia SC 29169

in Event Center

Personal challenge from the President: Each member to bring someone new to learn about HLAA and how our meetings are a safe place to hear and enjoy each other’s friendship  “where it is ok not to hear well.”