ALDA Links & Resources
John Donne once wrote, “No man is an island,” meaning that nobody exists all alone. Rather, we are all connected, and what happens to one of us affects the broader community around us.
This is especially true for a person who is dealing with hearing loss or those who become deaf later in life, late-deafened. This affects not only the person dealing with the issues, but hearing family members, relatives, friends, co-workers, in addition to regular contacts at the grocery store, doctor office and other organizations and affiliations that serve the general public.
Success in dealing with hearing loss and those who become deaf, or the late-deafened, challenges can be found through the Association of Late-Deafened Adults, ALDA, Inc, #ALDAROCKS!. In addition, ALDA has provided some additional tools here for consideration in helping the entire village, hearing and hearing loss alike, assist in the person dealing with hearing loss or late-deafened, to remain engaged or become a competent and contributing member of society. Connect with Association of Late-Deafened Adults here on this website and find your fellow ALDA members and/or a Group or Chapter to make a difference today.
Association of Late-Deafened Adults Groups and Chapters: https://alda.org/chapters-groups/current-alda-chapters-groups/
Listed below are additional resources to view at your leisure. If you find information that is in error or would like to contribute to the list noted below, please contact the Association of Late Deafened Adults, ALDA, at CONTACT ALDA
HEARING LOSS, HEARING AIDS AND COCHLEAR IMPLANTS
Hearing loss can mean a variety of things to individuals from mild to profound hearing loss, from becoming deaf later in life or being born Deaf. It can extend further to audio-processing disorders, whereby the ear is functioning properly but the auditory nerve required to send a message to the brain to process sound, is not.
A basic overview of the types and causes of hearing loss general overview can be found here: HEARING LOSS GENERAL OVERVIEW
Fundamental of Cochlear Implants can be found here: COCHLEAR IMPLANTS
Fundamentals of Hearing Aids can be found here: HEARING AIDS
COMMUNICATION WITH SOMEONE WITH HEARING LOSS OR WHO BECAME DEAF AND HEARING INDIVIDUALS:
Included in this link are basic tips to better communication when dealing with hearing loss or someone who has become deaf later in life. There are a variety of ways to communicate, but the first and foremost is simply, patience and respect. That should apply to all hearing loss communication as well. The second part is the optional use of telecommunication relay services designed to assist those dealing with hearing loss, who become deaf later in life and/or the Deaf. Join the Association of Late-Deafened Adults in our efforts to promote effective communication with #ALDAWHATEVER WORKS!
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES AND PROGRAMS
Organizations that may be of interest to those dealing with hearing loss or deaf, late-deafened, that may be of interest or assistance can be found here: FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES AND PROGRAMS
FEDERAL DISABILITY LAWS
Laws dealing with various disabilities that include people with hearing loss, deaf and/or late-deafened. This link includes the list of agencies responsible for enforcing said laws: FEDERAL DISABILITY AGENCIES AND LAWS
ORGANIZATIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS:
This includes related sources about hearing loss and late-deafened or deaf assistance in public settings such as religious affiliations and theaters and more that may assist in your search for resources can be found here: ADDITIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS
State Commissions, Agencies and Offices designed to serve people dealing with hearing loss, deaf or late-deafened issues. Be certain to review and determine what State assistance is available for you, today. STATE COMMISSIONS, AGENCIES AND OFFICES
TRAVEL BY AIR ACTION GUIDE
This provides a comprehensive explanation of the rights of those with hearing loss, deaf, late-deafened traveling as an airline passenger. AIR TRAVEL GUIDE
HEARING AID OPTIONS
The various types of hearing aids and optional resources that may assist in the purchase of hearing aids. HEARING AIDS