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Resources for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Where do you turn if you suddenly wake up deaf or hard of hearing?  There are many resources out there, but you would have no reason to be aware of them before this sudden, unexpected and devastating turn of events.  I’ve compiled a list of local San Diego resources with links to help you find similar programs in your area.  I have also listed a few online resources.  If you would like to recommend other resources, please enter a comment below.

Hearing Loss Association of America-San Diego Chapter

Meets on the third Saturday of every month at 10:30 – 12:30 at the LiveWell Center, 4425 Bannock Ave. For more information contact hlaasd@gmail.com
Find an HLAA chapter near you

Deaf Community Services of San Diegowww.deafcommunityservices.org
An agency that advocates, educates, and serves the deaf and hard-of-hearing community.  Services include mental health services, information and referral, employment services, and adult literacy programs.  (619) 398-2441
Find a similar program in your state.

National Center for Deaf Advocacywww.ncda-usa.or
Services include mental health services, deaf family violence prevention programs, legal services, education and leadership programs.  (619) 456-9609 V; (619) 272-4295 VP

Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) – www.rehab.cahwnet.gov
The California Department of Rehabilitation works in partnership with consumers and other stakeholders to provide services and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living and equality for individuals with disabilities.
(619) 767-2100 V; (619) 767-2159 (TTY)  Find an office in your state.

Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Programwww.ddtp.org
Provides free specialized phones from the California Telephone Access Program (CTAP)   1-800-806-1191
Find a program in your state.

DeafandHoH – www.deafandhoh.com
Deafandhoh.com’s goal is to help people with hearing loss connect and learn from each other in a positive and open environment. This site focuses on social networking, resources, medical research and technology.

Hear Gearwww.heargear.net
A source for assisted listening devices, resources and information.  Resources include videos, articles and links for more information about hearing loss.

The Center for Hearing Loss Helpwww.hearinglosshelp.com
Provides counsel, support, books and selected quality products to help deal with hearing loss.

Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)www.hearingloss.org
Excellent website with educational material, resources, links, blogs, newsletters and more.  Join HLAA and receive the “Hearing Loss Magazine” and state newsletter.  (301) 657-2248