Be ProActive with ADA Hearing Disorder Compliance

How Hearing Friendly is Your Business?

1 in 5 Americans have hearing loss.  Increase your sales, customer service, inclusion, productivity, compliance, and health .

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.  To make hearing loss visible with the HearC 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

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Why Become Hearing Friendly Certified?

Benjamin Franklin when advocating for a volunteer fire department in 1736 made this quote "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure".  

We currently have 2.2 million wheelchair users, 1.1 million blind and  65 million Americans with hearing loss. It's a 20% extrapolation of current population. 

Lets approach this disability proactively.  By helping businesses connect with the hearing impaired with Hearing Friendly training and certification. 

Bring in those $100 Bens and keep them. 

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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Certifying Businesses to be Hearing Friendly will give understanding around hearing loss resulting in better communication skills, customer satisfaction, improved inclusion, increased sales and retention. 

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Save Hearing and Improve Health

Get  Hearing Friendly Training to learn what's needed for professional development, compliance, and improve the health of your team.  Resulting in increased morale, less absenteeism, and improved productivity.

Hearing Friendly Training in Person, Webinars, and Pre-Packaged


Sound Advice: Tune Into Listening

Available in Book, Audio, and Keynote Presentations focusing on your needs and styled for your company culture.  There are stories of how famous people overcame the hearing loss challenge, how not to embarrass those with hearing loss, how to recognize and communication with this community. 

A Fun Informative Interactive Engagement with real life applications for business and personal opportunities.

Hearing Friendly Business Blog


A Business Book for Targeting 20% of a Wealthy Missed Market

Hearing Loss Affects All - Benefits Listed for Biz and You


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  • Hearing Loss Market Net Worth $1.7 Trillion
  • ADA 2010 Title I & III to now covers hearing communication disorders. Is your business ADA HCD Compliant? 
  • Improve Inclusion
  • $100 Billion lost in productivity by ignoring. 
  • Increase Customer Service & Employee Communication with Hearing Friendly Communication Skills.
  • Non-addressed hearing loss affects overall health. Healthier employees are happier and it expands in the community.


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

Keep Connected & Be ProActive

  • Noise is  #1 Cause - Wear Ear Protection like
  • Avoid SLS Products. Look up
  • Avoid 200 Ototoxic Medications. Google Ear Safe Meds. 
  • Get Year Hearing Test. Wear Hearing Medical Devices as needed. Better for overall health.
  • Let Employer know you need accomodations. Rather than a poor job performance review  just because of hearing loss. 
  • Wear the HearC Decal for Safety, Improved Communication, and  GET it on your Storefront or Web Site to attract this missed market niche.

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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. 

The Newest Logo Concept


May is Better Hearing and Speech Month. Get your HF Decal to let others know you have a hearing loss for safety and better service from retailers.

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. 

San Diego Port and Manchester Projects Opening Up to Be Hearing Friendly Certified.


Customers have questions, you have answers. Display the most frequently asked questions, so everybody benefits.

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

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.   

Hearing Friendly Businesses


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. 


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.


Gratitude Studio

Liz Tapper, Owner of Gratitude is here to help the hearing impaired decorate your environment where it is ear friendly, whether it be home or  office.  Create a  Hearing Friendly Location with the help of Liz Tapper and Associates. 

" An interior is the natural projection of the soul." 

                                                           -Coco Channel

346 South Cedros Ave Solana Beach, CA


Carly Blalock Interiors is a Hearing Friendly Business

Carly Blalock Interiors is where Carly and her team’s creativity cross paths with function and form.  Team Carly enjoyed the hearing friendly training for business and personal applications. 


Kites by Carla Manuel

Needing something to lift your depression from hearing loss? Consider getting some uplifting Brazilian Clothing from Carla that can be custom made and a wide variety of in store merchandise. 

That has the warmth of the Southern Atmosphere and will cheer you up. 

Carla was amongst the first to be Hearing Friendly Certified and received one on one training from Teresa Barnes, RN.

Find Kites by Carla Manuel in the Village on Cedros on the corner. 

348 S. Cedros Avenue S

Solana Beach, CA 92075

All About Me Hair and Beauty Salon

Because of the fast pace of this business owners life. A USB was delivered. She shared with staff and permitted the Hearing Friendly Decal on multiple storefront locations.  Several stylist are serving clients with cochlear implants, therefore aware of what needs to be done for this client. 

I love the space because it is quiet and with hair dryers that are also at a lower decibel to conserve hearing.

 All About Me test below 60 decibels, so especially useful for those of us that need a quiet environment due to noise sensitivity. 

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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.