Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 11

founder's corner

Cheers to 40 Years
BY HLAA FOUNDER ROCKY STONE (1925-2004)

T

his final "Cheers to 40 Years" 2019 issue is
dedicated to our Veterans. HLAA Founder Rocky
Stone was a Veteran himself. While serving our
country in the U.S. Army during World War II, a
nearby explosion caused
irreversible hearing loss in
both ears. He was 19.
The steps Rocky chose in
his life after that day led to a
timeless legacy of hope and
self-determination. It's hard
to think that his 19-year-oldself ever imagined the degree
to which his life choices
would open doors for so
many, empowering countless
people with hearing loss
to reach for their fullest
Howard E. "Rocky" Stone,
potential.
founder of HLAA, circa 1979.
Over the past year,
Founder's Corner has
sought to share Rocky's ideas by reprinting some of his
columns. But perhaps his philosophy can be distilled to
this single quote:

" Increasingly, I have come to celebrate
life. I may not be here tomorrow...
Today, I must do the best I can-for
myself and for others."

-Rocky Stone

"If we can appreciate the extraordinary potential of
the human spirit and recognize our own worth in
the context of just being human, we may be able to
exude a dignity and confidence in ourselves... People
with disabilities or 'handicaps' must look deep within
themselves for the mature development of their human
identity... The ability to learn who we are, and to be
comfortable with that identity, enhances our ability to
compete successfully in many walks of life... But one
thing is certain, you will never know how much you
can achieve until you try."
"A drop of hope has become a flood of help resulting in
widespread happiness. No picture, however beautiful,
can compare with people helping people."
"I love people. I am fascinated by their infinite variety;
their contradictions; their heroism; their resiliency;
their capacities to love and hate, to rationalize, to
achieve beyond the odds, to somehow strive to do
'the right thing.' I believe that any occurrence in
life which makes us focus on the meaning of life,
the few years we are here on earth, and what we
are going to do with the time available, is healthy. I
believe that hearing loss is such an occurrence. Yes,
I am a dreamer, but with a critically analytical mind.
The future offers us many opportunities as well as
dangers... Tomorrow is built on today."
"We all have potential which, admittedly, is tempered
by circumstances. Nevertheless, it's there. Those of us
who dedicate ourselves to being 'all that we can be'
enhance ourselves and usually those around us. That is
what I hope for SHHH members."

Below are more of Rocky's thoughts pulled
from his writings over the years.
"People need people. We need each other. A friend is
a person whom one is in need of and by whom one is
needed. We need to know we are wanted, trusted and
loved. We need people pulling for us, depending on
us and expecting much of us. And we must give it
all back."

HEARING LIFE

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Hearing Life November/December 2019

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Hearing Life November/December 2019

A Note From Our Executive Director
Thoughts From Our Board Chair
Founder’s Corner
Supporting Our Veterans Through All Their Years: The HLAA Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter
Advocacy
Convention
Never Give Up: A Vietnam Veteran’s Hearing Journey
Walk4Hearing Update
Sue, Eleanor, Fred—And Facing Our Fears
Awards and Recognition
Acoustic Trauma and the Impact of Noise on Our Men and Women in Uniform
A Holiday Getaway to the Big Apple
Hearing Loops at Home
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - Cover1
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - Cover2
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 3
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 4
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 5
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 6
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - A Note From Our Executive Director
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 8
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 9
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - Thoughts From Our Board Chair
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - Founder’s Corner
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 12
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - Supporting Our Veterans Through All Their Years: The HLAA Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 14
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 15
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 16
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 17
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 18
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - Advocacy
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 20
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - Convention
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 22
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 23
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 24
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 25
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - Never Give Up: A Vietnam Veteran’s Hearing Journey
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 27
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 28
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 29
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 30
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - Walk4Hearing Update
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 32
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - Sue, Eleanor, Fred—And Facing Our Fears
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 34
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 35
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 36
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - Awards and Recognition
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 38
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - Acoustic Trauma and the Impact of Noise on Our Men and Women in Uniform
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 40
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - A Holiday Getaway to the Big Apple
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 42
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - Hearing Loops at Home
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 44
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 45
Hearing Life November/December 2019 - 46
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