A self help organization dedicated to education, advocacy and support for people who do not hear well and those around them.   

Mail at     P.O. Box 6372,  Louisville KY 40206-0372


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 President’s Message The first Kentucky Walk4Hearing is just perking along.  I continue to feel humbled and proud that so many have stepped up, and so many are working to make this a success.    This Thursday morning, September 28 I checked the Kentucky Walk4Hearing page.  We are at 59% of our goal of $35,000 with 5 weeks and 2 days to go.  We’ll meet that goal and surpass it, more than likely, because our community is ready for this Walk.

     We have non-profit alliances with such excellent providers and volunteers at (Heuser Hearing, Kentucky Chapter of AG Bell, Kentucky Hands & Voices, Lexington Hearing and Speech Center, and Little Ears at Open Arms) that can designate 40% of what they raise for their programs.  We have one church as an alliance that is planning to use their funds for ASL classes.  Would you like to have your place of worship as an alliance?  Just let me know.  You can work on funds for hearing assistive technology in your sanctuary, or to pay for access services.   One of our goals is “to open the world of communication”.   This Kentucky Walk4Hearing can help here locally to do just that.

     We have National Sponsors: CapTel, Med El, Advanced Bionics, Cochlear, Hamilton Captel, Hi Health Innovations, and the Regal Entertainment Group who all support the efforts for Walk4Hearing across the nation in 21 Walk4Hearing locations.  

     We have local sponsors who are making this come together : Heuser Hearing Institute, The Frazier Museum, the Ky Hearing Clinic, KCDHH (Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing), the Kentucky Division of Behavioral Health Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, the Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs, Oticon Pediatrics, Lichtefeld Corporation, University of Kentucky Healthcare, Acoustical Audio Design, WDRB, Fenwick Partners, LLC.,  and Ms. Shannon Cogan of WAVE 3 who is our journalist champion.  Some local companies are also helping:  Heine Brothers Coffee, Nancy’s Bagels, and the Louisville Water Company “Pure Tap” program.  There probably will be more added to this list before November 4.

     We have parents of children and young adults who work their hearts out to make life better for their families.  We have individuals who step up and never quit when it comes to overcoming daily challenges that hearing loss brings.  Join us.  

Register to walk at

     Find a team, a walker, or an alliance that you would like to support.  Or, register to walk as an individual to contact
Carla Trivedi, President
HLAA Kentuckiana Chapter  (502) 689-4011 (text only)
Kentucky Walk4Hearing Coordinator

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CHAPTER/MEMBER NEWS - If you have any "news" please let us know so that we can share it.  We especially love good news!   We want the MEMBER NEWS to reflect activities of ALL members to show how people with hearing loss lead active lives!  If you want your news in the Newsletter, you MUST sent the information to   We need your permission before printing trips, surgeries, etc. even if we are aware of them.   Let us know what your interests are in addition to hearing loss.

Please Help Keep Our Chapter Active - Volunteer!  Chapter/HLAA members are needed to volunteer for board positions, chapter projects and chapter committees.  Please consider contributing with your time and talents to make our chapter active, reaching more people who do not know how being a part of the chapter will enrich their lives!  Since this is an election year, we are currently looking for a slate of new officers, President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.  We are also looking for volunteers to serve as Public Relations Chair!

Give A Memorial Gift:  A memorial gift is a thoughtful way to remember the people who have made a difference in your life.   Will will send a letter notifying the family of your kindness (not of the amount of your gift).  Please supply the name and address of the family of the deceased.  Memorials will be listed in our newsletter.
Memorial gifts may be mailed to:    HLAAKC, P.O. Box 6372, Louisville KY  40206-0372  


Captioning provided by McLendon-Kogut Reporting Services at chapter meetings.  Without this real time captioning, our meetings would be extremely difficult.  Congratulations to McLendon-Kogut for the 20th anniversary  of service to the community!

In appreciation of St. Leonard supplying our meeting room, please consider supporting them at their fundraises and let them know how much HLAAKC appreciates their generosity. 

WDRB, with the support of Norton Healthcare, provides real time captioning for local news which is a great benefit for the deaf and individuals who have a hearing loss.
Parklands of Floyds Fork
1411 Beckley Creek Parkway
Louisville, Kentucky 40245

Live Theatre in Kentuckiana


  • 10/7/2017 3:00 PM         Actors Theatre of Louisville presents Dracula in the Bingham Theatre at Actors Theatre
  • 10/12/2017 6:45PM        AARP presents An Evening with Frank Abagnale in the Bomhard Theatre at the Kentucky Center
  • 10/28/2017 8:00 PM      PNC Broadway Series presents Finding Neverland in Whitney Hall at the Kentucky Center
  • 10/30/2017 6:30 PM      Kentucky Center and Kentucky To The World presents An Evening with Louisville's Own Global Game Changers in the Bomhard Theatre at The Kentucky Center CART (Captioning in Real Time) provided.  Request the captioning section.

Note:  All of these events have open captions or real time captions.  Please request the captioning section.


  • 11/1/2017 7:30 PM         Kentucky Center presents Bush Sisters in the Bomhard Theatre at the Kentucky Center
  • 11/8/2017 7:30 PM         Kentucky Center presents One Night of Janis In Whitney Hall at the Kentucky Center
  • 11/19/2017 2:00 PM      Kentucky Center presents Daniel Tigers Neighborhood Live at the Brown Theatre
  • 11/25/2017 2:30 PM      Actors Theatre presents Skeleton Crew in the Bingham Theatre at Actors Theatre of Louisville
  • 11/28/2017 7:30 PM      PNC Broadway Series presents How the Grinch Stole Christmas in Whitney Hall at the Kentucky Center
  • 11/28/2017 7:30 PM      PNC Broadway Series presents How the Grinch Stole Christmas in Whitney Hall at the Kentucky Center

Accessibility at Regal Theaters locally for those who need visual or hearing help that includes:

  • Assistive Listening
  • Closed Captioning
  • Blind/Low Vision
  • Descriptive Audio

Regal River Fall Stadium 12 Theatre, Clarksville IN.; New Albany Regal Theatre Stadium 16, and Regal Theatre Shelbyville

In Louisville find captioning at AMC Theatres and others.  Just ask for captioning when buying tickets.

Accessibility at Baxter Theaters (MidCity Mall in the Highlands, Louisville KY)locally for those who need visual or hearing help that includes:

  • Assistive Listening
  • Closed Captioning

Check for listings at the Louisville Free Public Library ( for the Author’s Series and Short Courses.  The Library provides an Audio Loop in the Main Hall.  Just turn on your T-Coil to enjoy.

The same is true for the Filson Historical Society.  (

The Kentucky Storytelling Conference takes place Friday and Saturday,  November 3 – 4 at Hotel Louisville, 120 West Broadway, Louisville, Kentucky.
On Friday, November 3rd  from 7:00 – 9:30, there is a free storytelling concert. Sign language interpreters and CART services will be provided.On Saturday, November 4th  from 7:00 – 8:30, there is another free storytelling concert, followed by a free Late Night Story Slam from 9:00 – 10:30. Again, sign language interpreters and CART services will be provided. 
Oodles of conference details are available on our website

Other HLAA Chapter Meetings around Kentucky --

Carpooling can be available to any Kentucky Chapters meetings outside of Louisville, please email or call Jean the day before the meetings.

HLAA Lexington Chapter 
OCTOBER MEETING - Thursday, October 12,  6:30 P.M.

HLAA is a major source of information for people with hearing loss and the Lexington Chapter will be sharing videos with you made by the staff at National.  Following a question and answer session after the videos, please attend our first open chapter business meeting.  We want our chapter to grow and we want you to be a part of the chapter.  Membership is not required to attend any of our monthly meetings but when you decide how much knowledge you gain about hearing loss you can be a Chapter member through your HLAA membership.   Please join us for this meeting and let us get to know you.
The meeting is real time captioned by Sworn Testimony, PLLC and is free and open to the public. 

HLAA Kentucky Home Chapter
OCTOBER MEETING - Monday, October 23 6:30 P.M.

“How Do We Keep Our Family Safe”. 
First responders and our Mayor and County Judge are invited to the meeting.  In the Point of View section ( ) this month, we have an article, Keep Your Family Safe.  We feel that this is very important both in the sense of our time and in consideration of multiple tragedies involving deaf men and the police.  Have you made your home safe?  Do you have appropriate alerting devices?  Without your hearing aids/CI and while you are asleep, can you wake and respond to a fire, the telephone ringing or a knock at the door?  If a police officer pulls you over at night and you can't see his face or hear him well, do you know what to safely do?
The meeting will be held atthe Nelson Co. Public Library, 201 Cathedral Manor, Bardstown 40004.Website -    For more information, contact: or 502-349-6792.


pastedGraphic.pngHere is how to make it happen in our community.  The need for readily available assistive listening systems and devices in day to day living for people with hearing loss is one of the driving forces behind the Get in the Hearing Loop campaign. Listening devices that connect easily and unobtrusively are most likely to be used.  Induction hearing loop systems do just that. If you’d like to help encourage theinstallation and use of more hearing induction loop systems, please visit

HLAAKC acknowledges our local establishments that have provided the Hearing Loop for the accessibility of individuals with hearing loss.  Please share other local establishments you know that have a Hearing Loop with Jean Haynes.


Douglass Hills Church of Christ
Main Auditorium

300 Burnsdale Road
Louisville, KY 40243
(502) 245-0573

Filson Historical Society
Dan and Frances Street Hall
Caperton Hall

1310 South Third Street
Louisville, KY 40208

Immanuel United Church of Christ

2300 Taylorsville Road
Louisville, KY 40205

Kentucky Derby Museum 
Great Race  
Time Machine

704 Central Avenue
Louisville, KY 40208
(502) 637-7097

Silver Street United Methodist Church

413 Silver Street
New Albany, IN 47150 USA

Louisville Free Public Library - Main
Main Auditorium 
Centennial Room

301 York Street
Louisville, KY 40203
(502) 574-1611 

Louisville Free Public Library - Southwest
Community Room

9725 Dixie Highway
Louisville, KY 40272
(502) 933-0029

Northeast Christian Church
Main Auditorium

9900 Brownsboro Road
Louisville, KY 40241
(502) 426-6668

Second Presbyterian Church

3701 Old Brownsboro Road
Louisville, KY  40207
(502) 895-3483 

Do you have trouble hearing on the phone?   If so, TAP may be for you!! The Kentucky Commission of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Telecommunications Access Program is here to serve you if you have a hearing loss.   KCDHH provides specialized telephone equipment at no cost to you and other resources to assist with your hearing loss.  To learn more click here -

SHARP (Statewide Hearing Aid and Reuse Program) needs your used hearing aids.
Contact SHARP directly for a mailer and tax receipt--KATS Network at (800) 327-5287 or email them at .  Ask SHARP about monetary donations as well. 

To find all the news from HLAA check out the HLAA national website.
Each top menu gives you good information on HLAA and hearing loss. Make it a habit to keep informed!

HEARING LOSS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (HLAA). headquartered in Bethesda MD, is the nation’s largest organization for people with hearing loss. The HLAA exists to open the world of communication for people with hearing loss through information, education, advocacy and support. HLAA is a 501c3 non-profit corporation and offers tax exempt status to all local chapters. Please join HLAA as the one of the first steps to doing something about your hearing loss. Through our advocacy work at the federal level, we represent 48 million people with hearing loss in the United States.

WANT TO JOIN HEARING LOSS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (HLAA). Annual national membership dues are: $35 individual, $45 family, $20 student, $60 professional, $50 non-profit and $300 corporate. Individual membership can also be three years ($95) or five years ($140). Please join at the HLAA website or get a HLAA brochure at a chapter meeting to mail membership form to HLAA.

HEARING LOSS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA KENTUCKIANA CHAPTER (HLAAKC). HLAAKC is the local Kentucky/Indiana chapter located in Louisville, which is an affiliate of HLAA. We are under the HLAA 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation umbrella. Meetings of HLAAKC are free, open to the public, and take place at 6:30 P.M. on the second Tuesday of most months at St. Leonard Parish School Library, 440 Zorn Ave. Occasionally we meet at other places or at other times for different activities, including socials and fundraisers; any changes will be found in this newsletter or by emailing Real time captioning is used at the meetings.

WANT TO JOIN HEARING LOSS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA KENTUCKIANA CHAPTER (HLAAKC)  HLAAKC Annual Chapter Dues are $12.00 per individual/household and are due October 1. Participation in chapter activities is encouraged. HLAAKC also encourages HLAA national membership. The HLAAKC E-mail Newsletter is available at no cost and can also be found on our website. If you would like to be added to the free HLAAKC list serve, to receive periodic email on hard-of-hearing issues, contact Paula Esterle,

HLAA Kentuckiana Chapter Planning Board
President - Carla Trivedi , Interim
Vice President - Open
Secretary – Judy Brennan
Treasurer - John Perry
Historians - Paula Esterle
Membership - Melanie Magruder/Kay Calvert
Social Committee Co-Chairs - Karen Lichtefeld/Merle Williams
Outreach Coordinator - Bob Stuckey
Indiana Representative - Stacy Ridgway
Public Relations - Vacant
Kentucky Walk4Hearing - Carla Trivedi, Chair & Theresa Kidwell, Treasurer
HLAA Kentucky Chapters Coordinator - Open
KCDHH & KDBH HLAA Representative - Jeannie Taylor
Professional Advisor - Dr. Cathy Ann Miller
Professional Advisor - Dr. Barbara Eisenmenger
Newsletter/Web - Pat Flaherty

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