hear wisconsin is a nonprofit that helps infants, children, and adults with hearing loss by eliminating communication and language barriers through personalized services, technology, and education.
For 90 years, HEAR WI has provided critical services to children and adults with hearing loss throughout Wisconsin. Its mission is to help infants, children, and adults by eliminating communication and language barriers through personalized services, technology, and education.
Because there is no one right way for every person or family to cope with the challenges of hearing loss, HEAR WI provides services across the spectrum of communication and technology options. At HEAR WI, clients have the opportunity to make decisions and select a treatment plan that best meets their needs and goals.
Our diverse team of professionals includes Speech-Language Pathologists, Audiologists, Sign Language Interpreters and Wisconsin’s only Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist, as well as other specialists in Deaf education and assistive technology.
Support HEAR WI
Without you, HEAR WI could not continue providing critical services to the thousands of children and adults with hearing loss who depend on us each year. HEAR WI is one of only a few organizations in the region that can offer comprehensive programs and services to enhance the quality of life of those affected by hearing loss.
Donate by Mail
You may also send a check made out to HEAR Wisconsin to the address below:
ATTN: Development Team
10243 W National Ave
West Allis, WI 53227
In-Kind Donation Wish List
Our most pressing needs include:
Hanna Andersson Pilot caps for infants and toddlers. These prevent children from pulling off their hearing aids.
Gift cards form Home Depot, Menards, and Lowe's for general maintenance
Donate by Phone
We also accept donations via phone. Please call 414-604-2200. We accept all major credit cards.
Ask your employer about establishing a workplace giving campaign, or, if your organization has one set up, see about directing your contribution to HEAR Wisconsin. If you or your employer are part of United Way, you can ask that your support be directed to HEAR WI by adding our organization code (49425 ) to the United Way donation form.
HEAR Wisconsin hosts one fundraising event and various smaller program events throughout the year. Our spring fundraiser attracts hundreds of professionals and supporters every year - it's a great way for any business, large or small, to advertise their brand while supporting a great cause.
Volunteers are crucial to our success and we can't thank them enough for their help. HEAR Wisconsin volunteers can be involved in a variety of projects, from painting to event setup.
If you're interested in volunteering or have any questions, please email HEAR Wisconsin.
Our staff is awesome, but extra help at any of our many events is always welcome. You can help set up tables, haul our decorations and auction items, sell raffle tickets, and much more.
hear wi BUILDING PROJECTS
We have a wonderful home here in West Allis, WI, but like all residences, there's always something that could use some TLC.
HEAR Wisconsin is a great place for corporate volunteer outings. We've hosted fantastic groups from a number of local companies, and there's always more work to be done!
History of hear wisconsin
The history of HEAR WI dates back to 1926, when a small group of deaf and hard of hearing individuals from Milwaukee began gathering together on a regular basis to socialize and discuss topics of the day. Two neighbors, Herman H. Beyer and Father Stephen Klopfer, gave life to the idea of a more formal organization in 1927. They wanted to better understand the needs of d/Deaf and hard of hearing people in Milwaukee and what could be done to help those facing the unique challenges of hearing loss.
Mr. Beyer, hard of hearing himself, knew firsthand the difficulties of life with hearing loss. Father Klopfer, a dedicated teacher at St. John’s School for the Deaf, also held a strong interest in helping the deaf and hard of hearing community. Eventually the discussions between these two neighbors resulted in the official formation of the Milwaukee League for the Hard of Hearing on October 28, 1927.
The first meeting of the new League was held at the Milwaukee Journal Building. Twenty people joined the new organization and elected Mr. Beyer as its first president. The purpose agreed upon at that time was to provide a “center for the deafened where social intercourse and opportunity for mutual inspiration and helpfulness may be encouraged and provided, and to be an active instrument of helpfulness to the deafened in every way.”