How Hearing Friendly is Your Business?

1 in 5 Americans have hearing loss according to a Johns Hopkins Study. We affect your business daily. HFB Training Solutions

Be Part of the Change!

Recognizing Hearing Disabilities and ADA 2010 Compliance

Teresa Barnes,RN, Founder of HearCommunication - a business educational company is advocating on KUSI TV to help businesses become proactive with 2010 ADA hearing disorders disabilities compliance.  Teresa advocates to make hearing loss visible with the Hear Friendly Symbol. 

Mayor Rebecca Jones  was shocked that 1 in 5 Americans have hearing loss. She presented a Proclamation for July as Hearing Friendly Business Month. This is the beginning of a National Campaign Hearing Friendly Business month. 

Oceanside Chamber Staff receives Hearing Friendly Training.

Oceanside Chamber Trained & Certified

Testimonial from Scott Ashton, CEO


"Teresa has a wealth of knowledge regarding the importance of businesses being prepared to effectively serve customers with hearing loss. We were pleased to have the opportunity for our staff to be educated on how to recognize individuals with hearing loss and how to effectively serve them. Businesses who are not properly trained in this area are missing a great opportunity to grow and serve a larger segment of our community."

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Sign Up Your Team for Hearing Friendly Training for effective communication with 20% of the population that have hearing loss.  Learn how to better serve this missed market niche for increased revenue, retention, inclusion, and  overall better health.

Teresa Barnes, RN Sizzling Speaker's Reel

Let Barnes, the Hearing Awareness Business Expert show you how to CONNECT  with the 1 in 5 who have hearing loss.

To increase your organizations revenue, retention, compliance, collaborative communication, customer service, productivity,  inclusion, less work-related hearing loss claims and overall better health with a boost in morale for employees and happier customer service reviews. 

Lets approach this disability proactively with erasing ignorance on this topic by scheduling Teresa at your next event. 

Bring in those $100 Bens to your business. While doing good at the same time. Yes, improving your corporate social responsibility and conservation with bottomline results.

How Hearing Friendly is Your Business?

Business owner of Hera Hub Carlsbad, Lisane Basquiat was "thrilled to become part of the Hearing Friendly Business Community and the knowledge she gained about better understanding this underserved market."  Lisane thinks it would be great for your business, too. Check out video. 

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A Proclamation for Hearing Friendly Business Month. Going National. Be Part of the Change.

Teresa has had a hearing loss since birth. Due to a life-threatening accident for not hearing from behind. She discovered a group of people that are underserved, misunderstood, isolated, and at times discriminated against with poor job performance when it's nothing more than lack of accommodations forhearing loss. Not much has changed and being a Maverick Leader she decided to give up being an ER manager and to care for the world in a different fashion. She is a graduate of UCSD in Communiation and a RN for more than 40 years. She developed the Hearing Friendly Business Training and Certification to increase sales, retention, inclusion, understanding, productivity, communication, compliance and overall health by implementing the hearing-friendly skills to recognize those with hearing loss. 

While making your environment conducive to attract this trillion missed market nice, plus getting the Hearing Friendly Business Decal on your storefront, website, promotional materials, and vehicles. 


Hear Teresa Speak! It's Fun, Informative, and Engaging

A Few of the Topics to Choose From: 

  • How Hearing Friendly is Your Business?                                       Learn how to attract this trillion-dollar market while increase revenue, retention, and ADA 2010 hearing disorder compliance. 
  • Increase Sales and Inclusion in this Missed Market                                             Improve your professional development  with Hearing Friendly Communication Strategies and Skills
  • Three Key Ways to Reduce and Improve Hearing Loss                       Did you know there are foods to eat that are ear healthy, 200 ototoxic  medications, and a way to remove the stigma of hearing loss?                    


What Businesses Need for Hearing Friendly Training/Certification Package

Those with hearing loss are noise sensitive. This is the Deaf applaud to keep the sound down.  Get  Approved Hearing Friendly Areas/Zones in your business. Resulting in more hard-of-hearing customers for escalated revenue. Increasing  morale, less absenteeism, professional development and improved productivity for your team as well. 

  • Hearing Friendly Business Training for Management and Level C - In Person or Zoom
  • Hearing Friendly Business Training for Business Owners and Employees - In Person, Zoom or Program Package
  • Hearing Friendly Professional Development Course - Online & CEU Offered
  • - Sound Advice: Tune Into Hearing Course for HR Personal with CEUs Offered


A Business Book for Targeting 20% of Missed Trillion-Dollar

Addressing Hearing Loss & Hearing Conservation!

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  • Those with hearing loss have spending power $1.7 Trillion.
  • ADA 2010 Title II & III to now covers hearing communication disorders. Is your business ADA HCD Compliant? 
  • Improve Inclusion
  • $100 billion lost in productivity by ignoring hearing issues.
  • Increase customer service & employee communication with Hearing Friendly Communication Training and Certification.
  • Ear health afects social and overall health. Learn how to reduce and improve overall health.

Hearing Friendly Business Blog

Hearing loss issues addressed. 

  • Did you know that  businesses lose 100 billion  in productivity  by not addressing hear loss. 
  • Not  addressing hearing loss can affect your job placement, promotion, and professional development.


Hearing Loss affects every age, race, & socio-economic group

Keep Connected & Be ProActive

  • Noise is the leading cause of hearing loss? Wear ear protection!
  • Avoid Sodium Lauryl Sulfate Products. Look up
  • Avoid 200 ototoxic medications. Google ear safe medications.
  • Schedule the year hearing test. Wear your prosthetic hearing devices.  
  • Let the employer know you need accomodations. It's an ADA 2010 Law.  
  • Wear the HearC Decal for Safety, Improved Communication, and  GET it on your Storefront or Web Site to attract this missed market nich

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Become a Hearing Friendly  Supporter

Hearing Friendly Businesses

Oksa Wellness is Hearing Friendly Certified

John Hopkins Hearing Loss  Phonak, Starkey Costco Hearing Aids Business Development CEU Credits RN 

Buy the Pulse - the Natural Way to Relieve Pain is a Great Supporter of the Hearing Friendly Concept. 300 Carlsbad Village Drive Suite 111 Carlsbad, California 92018



Clutch Modern Providing Hearing Friendly Decor

Customer Service, Productivity, Retention of employees and customers, human resources, productive, 

Clutch Modern on Cedros is Hearing and Dog Friendly. Providing  Bedroom Bliss, Creative Living with the right touches, and Real Beauty. Come Meet Clutchy and Team. 324 Cedros Suite 100 Solana Beach, California 92075


Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More in San Marcos for Hearing Challenged Logo Applications

Safety Decals for Bikers, Skiers, Walkers, Drivers, Hockey, Football, High School, College. Seating 

Jeff McNeilly and Team  are trained in supplying your needs for those with hearing loss. 151 S Las Posas Road #173 San Marcos, California 92078 


HeraHub Carlsbad Hearing Friendly Certified

Lisane & Jeane-Michel Basquiat, phonak, bbc, abc, artists. NABWO, nursing, patient advocacy, ADA

Lisane Basquiat, Owner of HeraHub a Workspace for Women was thrilled with her training and knowledge she received to understand what's needed for 20% of population with hearing loss. Providing a Hearing Friendly Zone , Great Lighting, and HF Supportive Environment. 5205 Avenida Encinas Suite A  Carlsbad, California 92008


3 X Yummy Cupcakes Owner Becomes Hearing Friendly Certified

training, keynote speaking, compliance, renato cautelo, nbc, wedding cakes, san diego magazine, r

Renato Cautelo said, " She was able to educate them on hearing-impaired, ways to identify, communicate and better serve the hearing-impaired." Renato is a true leader with NBC awarded  sweet cup cakes, wedding cake services and yummy truffles. Found at 1514 Encinitas Blvd. Encinitas, California 923824

Just west of Torrey Pines High School


Get Your Photographic Needs Done by debra a HFBusiness Owner

speaking, training, compliance, hearing audiologist Patient choice Act

debora cartwright providing specialized service for those with hearing loss as a Certified Hearing Business Owner. No it's not  typo she likes her name in lower case. Very Creative and Will Get Your Best Angle

320 S Cedros Avenue #350 Solana Beach, California 92075. Even provides intern services for those have empathy .


Hearing Friendly Businesses & Events

Adam Peck, Realtor Specializing in Deaf and Hearing Impaired Clients


Adam of Torrey Pacific Properties is a Certified Hearing Friendly Business Specialist that has a passion to help those with hearing loss find that special home at below market value.  Here with Teresa Barnes, RN of HearCommunication the Hearing Awareness Expert to help with the understanding of this diverse issue.  Contact Adam at 760-803-0973 or

Tell him Teresa sent you for the best Deaf/HOH Deal

Carlsbad Proclamation 2019 for Better Hearing Month


Carlsbad, California is a place where  the elected officials really care about the community.  Here is City Council Members Keith Blackburn, Mayor Matt Hall, Advocate Teresa Barnes, RN, Dr. Priya Bhat-Patel, Cori Schumacher, and Barbara Hamilton presenting the May Better Hearing Month Proclamation to acknowledge that 1 in 5 people have hearing loss and the great work Teresa is doing for advocating for this population. 

San Diego County Board of Supervisor Proclaim May as Better Hearing Month


Supervisor Jim Desmond of District 5 honored Teresa Barnes, RN of HearCommunication and member of the Hearing Loss Association of America with a Proclamation for May is Better Hearing Month.  There is still a huge stigma around hearing loss, a lot of misunderstanding, and lack of accommodations for this disability. Let's change that by becoming Hearing Friendly Certified. 

Bruce W. Jacobson, AAMS


Bruce Jacobson, AAMS is a "Hearing Friendly Specialist after he received training and certification. His office and manner is conducive for people with hearing loss.  Mr. Jacobson works with a wide variety of investors in the La Jolla and the surrounding areas, including: individuals, families, and small businesses.  He is a local Carlbad resident. 


The Soon to Be Certified


The Grove where Rick Caruso exhibits nothing but class and concern for others.  Teresa looking to get the HF Decal on Hiking and Biking Trails, too. 

Shatto & Sons at 696 N Coast Hwy in Encinitas a Hearing Friendly Business for Promo Hats & T-Shirts


Both Father and Son have minor hearing loss and loved the Hearing Friendly Training and Certification. Here to help those with hearing and aid in hearing conservation.


Hearing Friendly Businesses

Coles on Cedros Hearing Friendly Certified

coles fine flooring sales, revenue, b2b, BBB, Yelp  Millennials,  Amazon, Sound Advice  HOH, Deaf, 

Stop in to See What Alan and Joanne can put together to make your environment more conducive to hearing and conservation of course in a hearing friendly way.  

Remodeling Services offered as well. 

320 South Cedros Solana Beach, CA 92075




Mary Kellejian and Kelli Kellejian-Barrett, a Mother-Daughter Team with American Society of Interior Design Credentials are now Hearing Friendly Certified, too.  Mary has friends  who have hearing loss, therefore has a special desire to formate your home into a beautiful space that's hearing accessible, too.  In the Village on Cedros in Solana Beach. 


Mark's Heating and Air - A Hearing Friendly Service for Residential or Commercial


Mark and His Crew care for your heating and air conditioning needs. Look for his truck from El Cajon to where he needs to roam to give 1st Class Service, with special attention. HVAC Contractor at 1284 El Rey Avenue 

El Cajon, CA 92021


Express Funding Mortage Company is Certified Hearing Friendly Business


Brad Shoemaker provides exceptional service and  provides Hearing Friendly Services to those with the disability of invisible hearing loss as he has received training and is a hearing friendly supporter as well.  Let him help you with your mortgage needs. 

1237 Camino Del Mar  Del Mar, CA 92014


LOVE Painting Company is a Woman Owned Business


Kelly Forbes has the attitude of caring for her customers and employees. Painting with environmental safe paint giving your home or office the fresh look to add to your Hearing Friendly Space.  She is offering jobs for those with hearing loss from  Deaf , Hard-of-Hearing or that annoying ringing in the ears.  Schedule an Appointment Today

619-384-7646  Call or Text

Alexis K Beauty Goes Hearing Friendly Certified

Inclusion, Diversity, Hearing Loss, compliance, ADA, hearing aids, depression, beauty, phonak,

Hearing loss is an isolating disease. Here at Alexis K they understand your needs to uplift your beauty routine in a quiet user friendly space.  Providing excellent service by licensed clinical estheticians for your brows, skin, lashes, and body needs. An inclusive businesses with one provider with a mild hearing loss. 

344 S Cedros Avenue Solana Beach


Listen to Proclamation Presentation to Learn More

Mayor Matt Hall of  a designation world class tourist city gives Proclamation to Teresa Barnes, RN. A member of the American Hearing Loss Association and founder of HearCommunication to aid businesses on how best to serve those with hearing loss and assist in hearing conservation.   

ADvisor Board

Geoffrey A. Smith, MD, F.A.C.S, Board of Otolaryngology and Cosmetic Surgery.


He believes being a physician is more than the practice of medicine. Dr. Smith is here for advice on ENT Questions, WorkersCompensation Claims, and  medical authority in the field of otolaryngology, better know as ear health. 

Ranji Roshan, IBM Client Manager|Strategy|Solution Development|Growth|Global Partnerships.


Over 11 years of experience in the tech industry and is passionate about technology solutions that have a social impact. She is assisting with technology development for HearCommunication..

Mr. Greg Houlgate is the inventor, development office, and CEO of Oska Wellness, Inc.


Having grown up with parents and a sibling with hearing loss he understands the nuisances of this social and physical disease from this perspective. He is a strong supporter and suggest every business implement the Hearing Friendly Program in their platform.