As Director of Advocacy for the Hearing Loss Association of America — Washington (HLAA-WA), Cheri Perazzoli focuses on removing barriers and establishing accommodations so people with hearing loss can participate fully and equally. She is the founder and visionary behind Let’s Loop Seattle, which aims to make cultural, professional, and civic venues available to everyone, regardless of their ability to hear. Since the group’s inception, dozens of Washington State venues have installed loops and improved hearing access. Cheri wants to make hearing loops and universal communication access part of our national infrastructure, providing equal participation and opportunities for people who have long been underserved. “Hearing loops can mean the difference between staying home and becoming isolated or engaging once again with work, play, and civic life,” she explains. HLAA honored Cheri with the 2016 Get in the Hearing Loop Award for her role in increasing hearing accessibility in Washington State.