In 1959, an excess of fifty hearing aid specialists gathered in Wenatchee and formed the group which became known as the Hearing Aid Dealers of Washington (HADOW). Articles of Incorporation were drawn up, officers were elected, and committees were appointed. Howard Doran was elected the first president of HADOW and served in that capacity for two terms, 1959 through 1961. John Holm was his successor.
At that first meeting, the members of the newly formed organization went on record to formally oppose unfair, restrictive legislation. HADOW held that position until 1970 when its members voted to seek legislation of its own. The name was changed over the years to become the Washington Hearing Society.
The organization’s main focus continues to be to protect the licenses of all Hearing Aid Fitter/Dispensers in Washington State. Equally important is our aim to provide quality education to professionals in the hearing healthcare industry to stay in the forefront of the fast paced changes of technology in our field.