Blog for Senior Citizens

There is a new blog website link that is specifically geared towards senior citizens with hearing loss in the United States.  The link is  The blog lists resources for senior deaf clubs, health and senior resources, events, jokes page and other information.


Steering Committee Changes

For four years, HLAAKC has been chaired, and later co-chaired, by Dennis Selznick, a founding member of the chapter. Dennis has been part of the chapter since it was formed and has contributed much to HLAA’s efforts in Kansas City. Dennis has led the our team well, but effective July 31, he has stepped down from the steering committee to devote more time to personal and professional pursuits Below is a message from Dennis.

Greetings, HLAAKC chapter and community members,

I’ve been pleased to meet and get to know many of you during my time as a leader of the Hearing Loss Association of America Kansas City chapter.  HLAAKC has flourished and I’m glad I could be part of the journey, from its formation in 2008 to some awesome and touching events this past year.  I, too, am taking some new journeys in the latter half of 2012, spending time overseas and pursuing a number of
professional activities, and leave HLAA-KC leadership in great hands.

When I started at HLAA-KC with Shanna Groves, Minda Nelson and Alexandra Vetor, we were just interested in creating a friendly and educational group to help make hearing loss a lot less intimidating.
Since then, it has blossomed into a chapter that advocates for movie theater captions, talks with concert venues about inductive hearing loops, fundraisers for community events, and collaborates with many partners throughout Kansas City.

I want to thank the leaders I’ve worked with over these past years: Lucy Crabtree, Kelly Rogel, Sarah Mosher and Terri Shirley – all who have helped guide HLAAKC to success. I also want to welcome Anna
Rundle as a new leader; her enthusiasm and great ideas are a great addition to HLAAKC and I’m confident she’ll do her part to uplift everyone in Kansas City and beyond.

I hope I have inspired a few people to want to participate more in helping others, and HLAA-KC is always on the lookout for more people who want to strengthen their bonds with the community.

HLAAKC is grateful for Dennis’s time and service to the hearing loss community in Kansas City. We will miss having him on the committee, but we look forward to seeing him at future events.

HLAAKC is run by a steering committee that meets monthly to organize activities, meetings and advocacy projects. The committee also runs the HLAAKC blog, Twitter, Facebook, and email accounts.  Lucy Crabtree and Minda Nelson are co-chairs and Anna Rundle, Terri Shirley and Alex Vetor are officers.  Learn more about us on