The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Network of Consumer Hearing Assistive Technology Trainers (N-CHATT) received a generous donation from Harris Communications and several leading assistive technology manufacturers, HLAA and Harris Communications announced.  Harris Communications is an Eden Prairie, Minn-based supplier of assistive products for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. HLAA is an organization that provides assistance and resources to hearing-impaired people and their families.


Each N-CHATT trainer will receive a kit that includes a ClearSounds CLA7v2 Amplified Power Neckloop accessory for cellphones, ClearSounds Quattro 4.0 LITE adaptive Bluetooth neckloop system, Geemarc CL7350 amplified TV headset, Sonic Bomb alarm clock, Williams Sound Pocketalker 2.0 personal amplifier, Panasonic Link2Cell KX-TGM430B amplified Bluetooth phone, and a Ditto Bluetooth® Vibrating Cellphone Signaler and Alarm, all packed in a carry-on roller bag provided by CaptionCall.

HLAA’s-CHATT is a volunteer consumer train-the-trainer program. The program’s goal is to build a network of consumer trainers with the knowledge and skills necessary to train others impacted by hearing loss. Trainers will assist others in the successful integration of hearing assistive technology to support individual hearing and communication needs at home, work, school, and the community.

The HLAA N-CHATT program is a partnership with Gallaudet University and the American Institutes for Research. It is being implemented under the Gallaudet-led Deaf/Hard of Hearing Technology Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC), which is supported by a grant (#90RE5020) from the US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

“There are many people with hearing loss who want to use technology to stay in the hearing world, yet they often don’t know what is available beyond hearing aids or cochlear implants,”said HLAA Executive Director Barbara Kelley. “Companies like Harris Communications and all those who donate equipment enrich the N-CHATT program so our technology trainers can reach people and provide actual and practical listening experiences.”

For more information about N-CHATT, e-mail [email protected] or visit the website here.

For more information about Harris Communications, visit, or call 952-388-2152 (video phone) or 1-877-539-7445 (voice) to speak with a hearing loss expert. Harris Communications offers HLAA members a 20% discount (some exclusions apply).

Source: HLAA, Harris Communications