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."

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.

Cleo's Pool Party is an annual tradition since 1987.  There's always plenty of friends, food and fun.  Family and friends are welcome. To register and learn more click here.

It's time for our annual Backyard BBQ at the home of Marsha Swetin. The party starts at 1 PM, with a cookout of hamburgers and hot dogs planned for 3 PM. Open to the entire family, including kids.  Friends are welcome, too. To register and learn more click here.

For Our Members

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


Photo Gallery of Past Events

The Social Meetup was really nice.  Starting at the right: Shannon Chavez, Marsha Swetin, Daisy Agres, Linda Belice, Dolores Sarocco, Mackenzie Govan, Brandy Govan, Marsha Kopp, Sue Collins, Iris Sherman, Sarai Rosbe and Donna Punzio.  We really enjoyed good food and fun conversations.  Very funny stories were shared from new and old members.

The 36th ALDA Chicago Birthday Party was a big success.  We had a great turnout, and it was so nice to see so many of us together.  The quality and number of raffle items was the biggest we have ever had. The food was really good, too.

Game Day was so much fun.  A lot of laughter.  We enjoyed playing Telestrations and Win Lose and Draw and finished with Charades.  The picture is Joe hiding his drawing so we can't cheat. LOL

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 with her 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.

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