July 2017 Fireflies Baseball Game HLAA Display

Award accepted on behalf of the Midlands Chapter


We have some exciting news to share with you! This year, the Midlands Chapter of HLAA is participating in Midlands Gives for the first time. 

Midlands Gives is a 24-hour online giving event that brings the region together as one community, raising money and awareness for local nonprofits in 11 Midlands counties. During Midlands Gives, contributions of just $20 or more are amplified through sponsored prize incentives. Since its inception in 2014 the event has raised over $3.8 million for local nonprofits.

Did you know that about 20 percent of Americans, 48 million people, report some degree of hearing loss? HLAA’s mission is education, information, advocacy, and support for people with hearing loss to live their best lives. On May 1, 2018, a gift of just $20 can help us further our outreach to neighbors of all ages and all types of hearing loss. Our chapter, now in its third year, has presented many programs of interest, including a Town Hall Meeting bringing together people who are deaf or hard of hearing with local law enforcement to facilitate better communication in emergency situations.

Future plans include additional workshops, guest speakers and promotional materials to extend awareness to many more people who could benefit from all we have to offer. Additionally, we hope to provide scholarships for deaf or hard of hearing children to attend summer camp, and adults to attend the annual HLAA Convention, which builds leadership skills for the future.

Please consider a gift of $20 or more through Midlands Gives on May 1. To donate, go to

https://www.midlandsgives.org/hlaamidlandssc  and click on the “Donate Now” button.

Thank you.    

David A Bitters, Sr.

Website: hlaamidlandssc.com Email: hlaamidlandssc@gmail.com

A Voice for People with Hearing Loss

 Information • 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 SC 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.”

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 Assistant; and Debbie Ammerman, Vice President.


Saturday, April 21, 2018 Meeting

Psychology of Hearing Impairment and Deafness


Krystal L. Werfel, PhD, CCC-SLP and
Gabriella Reynolds, MS, CCC-SLP

Breanna Todd, MSW Intern

Salt Lake City 2017 Convention Trip a Success

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

2017 Annual Picnic at Lake Murray

Every year, HLAA Midlands, SC Chapter has an annual picnic where all can 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 turnout 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.

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