HLAA started in the founder's basement. He and his family paid a huge price to make hearing loss an issue of concern. The founder never accepted any pay, and the organization functioned with a volunteer staff for several years. Donors made it possible for the organization to grow and be able to afford office space and a small staff after a few years. Still, they continue to operate on loyalty and a shoestring! HLAA Is rated well among charitable non profits, and continues to use every penny to help make a difference. Thankfully, bequests received from early members have helped HLAA keep going during the tough times we're in right now. All HLAA chapters and state organizations are run by volunteers. These are tough times for organizations that depend on volunteers. Many people feel that volunteerism is a dying thing. Everyone thinks that someone else 'will do it', Not so. We all must do our share and take our turn. People like Nurse Headaches/Eloise are making a difference, but they sure need help!