ALDA Chicago

Hearing loss? We can help--

because we've been there.

ALDA Chicago is a group of people with various degrees of hearing loss. Some wear hearing aids or have cochlear implants, while others use neither.

Our mission is to provide support, advocacy, education and camaraderie for adults with hearing loss.

Our motto, based on our members' dedication to communicating with each other and engaging with the world, is "whatever works."

The Chunky Knit Throw Blanket Class was a success.  The gals had fun and love their soft blankets.  There was very little chit chatting because they were so focus on making their loops of yarn.  It was decided that Sue Collins will teach another class in November so gals can make blankets for Holiday gifts.

The Holiday Party was so much fun!  Due to cost limits there was no CART.  But have no fear, President Marsha Swetin signed her opening speech.  She announced Karen Krull winning the highest ALDA award "I. King Jordan Award". and Linda Belice winning the "Bob Hawley Fearless Leader" award.  It was wonderful to congratulate both gals in person.  The food was so good, and the White Elephant was fun with the multiple stealing of the Variety Pack of Hot Cocoa mixes and the Portillo's gift card.  A big thank you to Donna for doing such a great job.

At the ALDAcon 2023 Karen Krull was awarded the highest ALDA award the "I. King Jordan Award" for all of her amazing contributions to ALDA.  We are all very proud and blessed to have Karen in our organization.  Unfortunately there are no photos of Linda Belice award.  Linda won the "Bob Hawley Fearless Leader Award" for all of her work she does for ALDA.  Way to go Linda!

The Cookie exchange was fun with many tasty cookies.  A big thank you to Marsha Swetin for hosting and making Chili with cornbread.  We enjoyed the appetizers, chili, cookies and fun time chit chatting.

Fall Painting and Pizza Party was a lot of fun.  Our creative juices were flowing.  And the meal afterward was good.  There was a lot of laughing and a good time by all.

Game Day was enjoyable with nice chats and snacks.  They played Rummikub.

The "Chat with Rachel Arfa" was very informative.  Rachel started her talk by asking folks to name their deaf role models and how they had a positive impact on their lives.  Rachel covered all of the services that Chicago Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) provide and how to contact MOPD. 

Get to Know Us

Are you new to ALDA Chicago or just curious about our organization? Attending a social event is a great way to meet people and learn what we're about. Visit our Events page for more information. Questions? Send an e-mail to

Our Fun Times Are Back!

Stay tuned for new socials as info becomes available.

Game Day. Do you enjoy playing games? Well, we have a great event for you!  Join us for a fun time of game playing and chit chatting. There will be a variety of board and card games to enjoy.  If you have a favorite game bring it for us all to enjoy.  To register and learn more about Game Day click here.

Let us celebrate ALDA Chicago's 36th Birthday at Prime Time. There will be good food and fun raffles; Pot Shot and donated items.  For more information and to register click on Party.

For Our Members

We are always looking for items for our quarterly newsletter. If you have material to contribute, contact Marsha Swetin at

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