Please be advised that HLAA's Illinois Cochlear Implant Chapter (ICIC) is dissolving effective January 31, 2021 after 35+ years of serving the greater Chicagoland area (and beyond) in supporting and educating cochlear implant recipients, potential CI recipients, and their families.

We are proud of our years of service to the hearing loss community and grateful for the dedicated leadership and support provided by HLAA National. The personal and professional relationships forged with our hundreds of members and speakers over the decades are treasured, as are the experiences shared at annual HLAA conventions and Walk4Hearings.

ICIC has witnessed the growth of cochlear implant technology from its nascent beginnings as scary invasive surgery to the commonplace and highly successful treatment option it is today for those with severe hearing loss. In recent years, the consolidation and partnerships between CI manufacturers and hearing aid companies has resulted in much greater general knowledge of CIs and an explosion of resources and support are now readily available online. Hearing technologies have merged and expanded in our increasingly electronically connected world.

We encourage all ICIC members to maintain or establish membership with HLAA National at for the myriad resources and information they provide. We also encourage you to join either of our sister chapters listed below.

It has been my honor and pleasure to serve as president of ICIC for the past 7.5 years. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I thank you for your participation, support, and friendship throughout the years. ICIC's website at will be maintained for the near future and feel free to contact any of us with further questions or comments.


Janet Tusk President
Ed O'Brien Vice President
Mary Beth Pierce Secretary
Marc Siegel Treasurer
Carol Ban Director/Newsletter Editor
Hanna Benioff Director

HLAA Chicago North Shore Chapter

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The Chicagoland chapters host virtual meetings on Zoom!

HLAA Chicagoland Chapter Meeting

Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 2:00 pm CST

Topic: Vertigo/Dizziness and Imbalance

Speakers: Paul Pessis, AuD and Dr. Tracy Murphy, AuD

Click here to register in advance.

HLAA Chicago Lincoln Park Chapter