After his hearing was damaged in military service in WWII and his educational years were completed, Rocky was recruited by the CIA and he spent 25 years stationed all over the Near and Far East in federal service.
On retirement in 1975, he received the agency’s highest award, the Distinguished Intelligence Medal. Because there were no services for people with hearing loss, Rocky founded SHHH (Self Help for Hard of Hearing People) which later became HLAA (Hearing Loss Association of America).
When Rocky’s eyesight dimmed because of macular degeneration, he acquired some of his hearing back with a cochlear implant, and he liked to say, “I have only lost my sight, not my vision.” Let’s keep Rocky’s vision in helping those who are struggling with their hearing loss in a hearing world. Rocky died in 2004, but we can carry on his work in HLAA. Read Rocky’s Biography -More-