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Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell)

AG Bell is a membership-based information center on hearing loss, emphasizing the use of technology, speech, speechreading, residual hearing, and written and spoken language. AG Bell focuses specifically on children with hearing loss, providing ongoing support and advocacy for parents, professionals, and other interested parties.

Contact Information
Alexander Graham Bell Association
3417 Volta Place, NW
Washington, DC 20007
202-337-5220 (Voice)
202-337-5221 (TTY)
http://nc.agbell.org
info@agbell.org

American Academy of Audiology (AAA)

AAA is a professional organization of audiologists.

Contact Information
American Academy of Audiology
11730 Plaza America Drive, Suite 300
Reston, VA 20190
800-AAA-2336 (Voice)
703-790-8631 (fax)
http://www.audiology.org

American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS)

AAO-HNS is a nonprofit association that strives to unite, serve, and represent the interests of ear, nose, and throat specialists and their patients to the public, government, other medical specialists, and related organizations.

Contact Information
American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery
1650 Diagonal Road
Alexandria, VA 22314-2857
703-836-4444 (Voice)
703-519-1585 (TTY)
http://www.entnet.org

American Cochlear Implant Alliance

The American Cochlear Implant (ACI) Alliance is a not-for-profit organization created with the purpose of eliminating barriers to cochlear implantation by sponsoring research, driving heightened awareness, and advocating for improved access to cochlear implants for patients of all ages across the United States.

Contact Information
ACI Alliance
P.O. Box 103
McLean, VA 22101-0103
703-534-6146 (Voice)
http://www.acialliance.org
info@acialliance.org

American Society for Deaf Children (ASDC)

ASDC is a national organization of families and professionals committed to educating, empowering, and supporting parents and families of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The ASDC helps families find meaningful communication options, particularly through the competent use of sign language, in their home, school, and community.

Contact Information
American Society for Deaf Children
3820 Hartzdale Drive
Camp Hill, PA 17011
866-895-4206 (Voice)
717-334-7922 (Voice/TTY)
http://www.deafchildren.org
asdc@deafchildren.org

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 166,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists, speech, language, and hearing scientists, audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel, and students.

Contact Information
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
2200 Research Boulevard
Rockville, MD 20850-3289
Members: 800-498-2071 (Voice)
Nonmembers: 800-638-8255 (Voice)
301-296-8580 (fax)
301-296-5650 (TTY)
http://www.asha.org
actioncenter@asha.org

American Tinnitus Association (ATA)

The mission of the ATA is to silence tinnitus through education, advocacy, research, and support. This nonprofit organization provides the latest information and resources to tinnitus patients, promotes tinnitus awareness to the general public and the medical community, and funds the nation's brightest tinnitus researchers.

Contact Information
American Tinnitus Association
P.O. Box 5
Portland, OR 97207-0005
800-634-8978
http://www.ata.org
tinnitus@ata.org

Association of Adult Musicians with Hearing Loss (AAMHL)

AAMHL's mission is to create opportunities for adult musicians with hearing loss to discuss the challenges they face in making and listening to music; create opportunities for public performance; provide ongoing feedback to hearing health professionals; and provide educational opportunities.

Contact Information
AAMHL, Inc.
P.O. Box 522
Rockville, MD 20848
301-838-0443
http://www.aamhl.org/
info@aamhl.org

Association of Late-Deafened Adults, Inc. (ALDA)

ALDA serves as a resource center providing information and referrals, self-help, and support groups for people deafened as adults. ALDA works to increase public awareness of the special needs of deafened adults.

Contact Information
Association of Late-Deafened Adults, Inc.
8038 MacIntosh Lane
Rockford, IL 61107
815-332-1515 (Voice/TTY)
866-402-2532 (Voice/TTY)
http://www.alda.org
info@alda.org

Association of Medical Professionals With Hearing Losses (AMPHL)

AMPHL aims to assist those in the professional health fields address issues surrounding their hearing loss. To help achieve this goal, their website provides information based on current issues in health fields along with personal experiences and insights into making hearing loss more compatible with the medical profession.

Contact Information
Association of Medical Professionals With Hearing Losses
http://www.amphl.org

Boys Town National Research Hospital

Boys Town National Research Hospital's mission is to "help heal America's children and operate the nation's leading clinical research center for childhood hearing loss and related disorders." Their website offers information on the causes of hearing loss in children as well as information on hearing testing.

The website My Baby's Hearing was created by the Boys Town National Research Hospital to answer parents' questions about infant hearing screening and follow-up testing, steps to take after diagnosis of hearing loss, hearing loss and hearing aids, language and speech, and parenting issues.

Contact Information
Boys Town National Research Hospital
555 N. 30th Street
Omaha, NE 68131
402-498-6511 (Voice)
http://www.boystownhospital.org

Center for Hearing and Communication

The Center for Hearing and Communication offers people who are hard of hearing or deaf access to diagnostic, rehabilitation, counseling, and education programs. The mission of this nonprofit agency is to improve the quality of life for people with all degrees of hearing loss and to offer comprehensive services regardless of age or mode of communication.

Contact Information
Center for Hearing and Communication
50 Broadway, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10004
917-305-7700 (Voice)
917-305-7999 (TTY)
http://www.chchearing.org/
info@chchearing.org

Coalition for Global Hearing Health

The purpose of the Coalition for Global Hearing Health is to advocate for hearing health services and policies; to equip and empower hearing health care professionals, families, educators, communities, and the hearing impaired; and to encourage and perpetuate best practices.

Contact Information
Jackie L. Clark, PhD
University of Texas at Dallas / Callier Center
1966 Inwood Road
Dallas, TX 75235 
214-905-3031 (Voice)
214-905-3146 (fax)
http://coalitionforglobalhearinghealth.org/

Deafness and Family Communication Center (DFCC) at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

The DFCC is an organization dedicated to helping parents make better decisions for their deaf and hard of hearing children. Their website has information and resources on hearing loss in children from birth to teens.

Contact Information
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Deafness and Family Communication Center
3535 Market Street, 9th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215-590-7440 (Voice)
215-590-6817 (TTY)
http://www.raisingdeafkids.org
info@raisingdeafkids.org

Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)

HLAA provides assistance and resources for people with hearing loss and their families to learn how to adjust to living with hearing loss. Its national support network includes an office in the Washington, DC, area as well as 14 state organizations and 200 local chapters.

Contact Information
Hearing Loss Association of America
7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1200
Bethesda, MD 20814
301-657-2248 (Voice/TTY)
http://www.hearingloss.org

International Federation of Hard of Hearing People (IFHOH)

IFHOH has charitable and benevolent aims and is a nonpolitical and nonsectarian organization. It helps hard of hearing or deaf people of all ages and their families. IFHOH also assists people who suffer from tinnitus or Meniere’s disease.

Contact Information
International Federation of Hard of Hearing People
Box 6605
S - 113 84 Stockholm
Sweden
(011) 05205-15463 (Voice)
http://www.ifhoh.org

Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center at Gallaudet University

The Clerc Center provides information, training, and technical assistance for parents and professionals to meet the needs of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Its mission is to improve the quality of education afforded to deaf and hard of hearing students from birth to age 21 throughout the United States.

Contact Information
Gallaudet University
800 Florida Avenue, NE
Washington DC 20002-3695
202-651-5051 (Voice)
202-651-5052 (TTY)
http://clerccenter.gallaudet.edu/Clerc_Center.html
clerc.center@gallaudet.edu

National Association of the Deaf (NAD)

Established in 1880, the NAD is the nation's largest consumer organization safeguarding the accessibility and civil rights of 28 million deaf and hard of hearing Americans in education, employment, health care, and telecommunications. The NAD focuses on grassroots advocacy and empowerment, captioned media, deafness-related information and publications, legal assistance, policy development and research, public awareness, certification of interpreters, and youth leadership development.

Contact Information
National Association of the Deaf
8630 Fenton Street, Suite 820
Silver Spring, MD 20910
301-587-1788 (Voice)
301-587-1789 (TTY)
http://www.nad.org

National Black Deaf Advocates (NBDA)

NBDA is the oldest and largest consumer organization of deaf and hard of hearing black people in the United States. Black deaf leaders were concerned that deaf and hard of hearing African Americans were not adequately represented in leadership and policy-making activities affecting their lives, so they established NBDA in 1982.

Contact Information
National Black Deaf Advocates
P.O. Box 32
Frankfort, KY 40602
http://www.nbda.org

National Cued Speech Association (NCSA)

NCSA promotes the effective use of cued speech for communication, language acquisition in more than 50 languages, and literacy. Through publications, exhibits, family/professional learning vacations, and conferences, NCSA provides education, awareness, and support for people with language, hearing, and learning needs, assisting their families and the professionals who serve them.

Contact Information
National Cued Speech Association
5619 McLean Drive
Bethesda, MD 20814-1021
800-459-3529
301-915-8009 (Voice/TTY)
http://www.cuedspeech.org
info@cuedspeech.org

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

NIDCD is one of the institutes that make up the National Institutes of Health. NIDCD supports and conducts research and distributes information to improve the lives of millions of individuals with communication disorders.

Contact Information
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
National Institutes of Health
31 Center Drive, MSC 2320
Bethesda, MD 20892-2320
http://www.nidcd.nih.gov
nidcdinfo@nidcd.nih.gov

NIDCD Information Clearinghouse

The NIDCD Information Clearinghouse provides information and resources for health professionals, patients, industry, and the public. The NIDCD Directory lists organizations that are national in scope and that focus on health issues relating to hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, or speech. The directory is designed to encourage networking among individuals and organizations that have an interest in deafness and communication disorders.

Contact Information
NIDCD Information Clearinghouse
1 Communication Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20892-3456
800-241-1044 (Voice)
800-241-1055 (TTY)
nidcdinfo@nidcd.nih.gov

Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI)

TDI is a national advocacy organization focused on addressing equal access issues in telecommunications and media.

Contact Information
Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc.
8630 Fenton Street, Suite 604
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3803
301-589-3786 (Voice)
301-589-3006 (TTY)
http://www.tdi-online.org
info@tdi-online.org

World Council on Hearing Health and Deafness Research Foundation

The World Council on Hearing Health is the public education and advocacy arm of the Deafness Research Foundation. Its charge is to provide the strategies and tactics for implementing the programs to fulfill the mission of the Deafness Research Foundation.

Contact Information
World Council on Hearing Health
641 Lexington Avenue, Floor 15
New York, NY 10022-4503
212-328-9480 (Voice)
866-454-3924 (Voice)
888-435-6104 (TTY)
http://www.wchh.com
info@wchh.com

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