Rocky Stone, the founder of SHHH (which changed the name to
HLAA, was a CIA officer during his much younger days.
He became deaf while in military training during
World War II. Despite his deafness, the CIA hired
him to become an intelligence officer. When asked
about his CIA background, he would not talk too
much about it not even with his close friends and
with his SHHH/HLAA associates.

He served in the CIA for 25 years, often behind
enemy lines in Iran, Syria, Vietnam, Nepal and
other Asian. He said he was successful by
observing body language, facial expressions,
some lipreading and some words through his
hearing aid.

On his retirement, the CIA awarded him the
Distinguished Intelligence Medal.