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 "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. 

We had a fun time at ALDA Chicago BBQ at Marsha Swetin home.  Thank you, Marsha for hosting again.  We had a new Grill Master this year, thanks Bill.


Cleo's Pool Party was a lot of fun!  It was so nice to meet and chit chat with all of the members that came.  A huge thank you to Cleo and her family for all of their hard work involved in hosting the party.  The food was great and the pool was definitely needed on this hot day! 

The "How to make Chocolate Truffles" class was a huge success!! Very messy but fun and deliclious.  Thanks to Sue Collins for providing copies of the recipe, ingredients and tips on how to make Truffles.  Thinking we may have a "How to make Chocolate Souffle" class next year.    ________________________________________________________________

The ALDA Chicago 35th Birthday celebration was a huge success. The meal Jameson's Charhouse provided was excellent. ALDA Chicago honored Joe and Dawn Linder with a beautiful blue blown glass artpiece for all of their incredible work for ALDA Chicago. Tom Garvey was the big winner of the Split-the-Pot, $92.  There were numerous raffle items won by all.

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!

Join us for a Fall Painting and Pizza Party at Paisans Pizzeria.  There are several different types of crafts you can choose from.  We will do crafts from 12:30 to 4:30 and then enjoy a pizza dinner afterwards.  You can do just the craft or craft and dinner or come around 4:15 and enjoy dinner.  This event requires you register twice in two different methods.  For more information and how to register, please click on CRAFT & PIZZA.

Join your ALDA Chicago friends at our annual Cookie and Recipe Exchange with Potluck on Saturday November 11th from 2:00 to 7:00 at Marsha Swetin's home.  For more information and to register, please click on COOKIE.

Stay tuned for new socials as info becomes available.

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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