Hearing Loss Association Conference is June 21-21 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, RI.


Join us June 24-26 to learn the latest about hearing health, communication access and the technologies and strategies that help people with hearing loss live well. This three-day event includes a research symposium on Hearing Care for All, and robust workshops on advances in hearing aids, accessibility through mobile devices, hearing access in the workplace and more.

Register Today for Best Rates for HLAA Virtual Convention 2021!

  • Early-bird registration will be $35 through June 15
  • Beginning June 16, registration will be $45



Schedule at a Glance:

  • An interactive Exhibit Hall where participants can view products and chat with informed representatives.
  • Happy Hour Meet and Greet: where you will be entertained, inspired and have the chance to connect with other participants.
Thursday, June 24 Welcome Session

Learn more about what’s to come during the convention.
3 – 3:20 p.m. ET

Jessica Rosenworcel, Acting Chairwoman, Federal Communications Commission

Wireless Accessibility: Finding Mobile Devices and Features that Work for You

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. ET

Shellie Blakeney, Director of Government Affairs, Technology and Engineering Policy, T-Mobile
Ian Dillner, Associate General Counsel, Verizon Media
Robert Kubik, Senior Director, Public Policy, Samsung Electronics
Sarah Leggin, Director, Regulatory Affairs, CTIA


Happy Hour Meet and Greet

4:45 – 6 p.m. ET
Where you will be entertained, inspired and have the chance to connect with other participants.

Friday, June 25 Hearing Aids: Over-the-counter (OTC), Direct-to-consumer (DTC) and Connectivity

3 – 4 p.m. ET

Thomas A. Powers, Ph.D., Managing Member, Powers Consulting LLC

Exhibit Hall Open

4:15 – 5:30 p.m. ET

The Latest in Digital Inclusion Technologies

5:45 – 6:45 p.m. ET

Larry Goldberg, Senior Director and Head of Accessibility, Verizon Media 

Saturday, June 26 Research Symposium and Q&A

Noon – 1:30 p.m. ET

Susan Emmett, M.D., M.P.H., Tele-audiology and Hearing Care in Alaska
Nicole Marrone, Ph.D., CCC-A, Community Health Workers and Hearing Care at the U.S.-Mexico Border
Carrie Nieman, M.D., Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, HEARS Peer Educators in Action: Older Adults Serving Older Adults

Exhibit Hall Open

1:45 – 3 p.m. ET

Communication Access in Health Care

3:15 – 4:15 p.m. ET

Peggy Ellertsen, Member, Management Board, Hearing Rehabilitation Foundation and Contributor, HLAA Communication Access in Health Care 
Toni Iacolucci, Contributor, HLAA Communication Access in Health Care Program and Member, Advisory Board, INTERACT Trial
Elaine McCaffrey, Chair Communication Access in Health Care Program and Member, HLAA Board of Directors 
Margaret Wallhagen, Ph.D., Ph.D., RN/GNP-BC, Professor, University of California, San Francisco, School of Nursing 

The Promise of Next-Generation Bluetooth® LE Audio Connectivity

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. ET

Linda Kozma-Spytek, Senior Research Audiologist, Technology Access Program, Gallaudet University
Chuck Sabin, Senior Director, Market Development, Bluetooth Special Interest Group, Inc.

2021 HLAA Research Symposium

Hearing Care for All: Innovations in Extending the Reach of Hearing Care 

Saturday, June 26, 2021
Noon – 1:30 p.m. ET

HLAA Research Symposia have been held annually at HLAA Conventions since 1994. The sessions cover cutting-edge scientific findings relevant to adult hearing loss. The symposia are unique because they are geared toward educating the lay audience of people with hearing loss about research. The 2021 Research Symposium is supported by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), National Institutes of Health (NIH).



June 24-26, 2021

This year’s topics include wireless accessibility and your devices, what you need to know about hearing aids, the workplace and the latest in digital inclusion technologies, communication access in health care and the next generation of Bluetooth connectivity.



We are shaking the Convention up for 2017!

  • The opening night Get Acquainted Party will take place at the CaptionCall headquarters in Salt Lake City and include dinner, entertainment, raffles and tours of the call center. 
  • Instead of the Awards Breakfast and Ceremony on Sunday morning, we will be adding a Friday night Awards and Talent event, HLAA Stars Come Out.If you are interested in performing following the award presentations, send a short video (MP4) of yourself telling a joke, singing a song, playing an instrument, doing a jig, or performing a magic trick…you get the idea! The top ten auditions will be invited to compete during the Stars Come Out talent show. Attendees will vote for their favorite act via the mobile Convention app; the winner will be the opening act for Gael Hannan’s production Huh? Life with a Cranky Cochlea on Saturday evening. Send your audition video via email (or Dropbox) to Nancy Macklin at no later than March 15.
  • Sunday will be available for optional tours – more information coming soon about tours and an opportunity to see the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. You will want to take some time to see Salt Lake City and the surrounding area – breathtaking!
  • Educational workshops will focus on: advocacy; hearing assistive technology (HAT); and cochlear implants and hearing aids; and communication. In addition there will be a Hearing Loop track offered on Friday and Saturday.
  • The name of the event – HLAA2017 Convention (old version would have been Convention 2017). Add a hashtag and you have the start of a tweet! #HLAA2017 is the official Convention hashtag on Twitter.

TIME:  7:00 pm CST; 8:00 pm EST

Free event! Come play with us! Win prizes donated by Deaf owned businesses - Armoire Boutique by Kimberly Whetter and Level Clear Chat by Amy Bogartz - plus one lucky winner will win the entire SIGN WITH ROBERT series!

The interactive graphics are going to blow your mind. Seriously! Tech director David Maldow will amaze you with some of the interactive graphics he has planned for both events.

You can watch the fun or raise your hand to join us live onscreen to answer Deaf trivia and win prizes. With Robert DeMayo, Monique Holt, Michelle Banks and Frank Dattolo. Interpreted by Paul Raci, Julie Pond and Andrew Leyva (trilingual for any Spanish speakers - we are accessible!) Your whole family can watch!

Register to watch or play on our website.

Sign up Here

Sponsored by: Sign with Robert


This is not your typical webcast. This is going to be a horse of a different color. We are dissecting idioms, showing their English presentation and their ASL interpretation.This webcast includes demonstration, discussion, interaction, and practicum.

Presenters: David W. Hylan, Jr., Wendi Coker, Earl Harden

Last day to register is Wednesday, May 8, 2013.

0.3 PS RID CEU's Available to those that qualify.

Computer requirements:
High speed internet
Most recent version of Adobe Flash Player

Webcast will be 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM Central time. Please check your time zone to make sure you sign on at the correct time.


An exciting intensive camp in which campers will be exposed to ASL 24/7 while learning from qualified ASL Instructors and practicing with camp counselors and peers who are deaf and hearing alike! This camp is for experienced signers who are at the intermediate level or above, a screening interview will be a condition of acceptance. Three different course levels will be offered, ensuring that each camper receives instruction appropriate to their skill level. In addition to experiencing deaf culture and history, campers will have the opportunity to explore our Nation's Capital, attend social events, and more

Date of program: July 09 - 17, 2015

Program fee:  $1,000

Who Can Attend:
Deaf, hard of hearing and hearing students currently in 9th–11th grades.  Must show evidence that you are enrolled in a standard, local, or general high school diploma - track program.  Please submit an unofficial transcript and/or letter from guidance/school counselor. Incomplete applications will not be processed. Only students with Intermediate or above ASL skills will be considered for the IIASL program. Acceptance to the program is contingent upon the results of an evaluation done through Skype.

Registration:  Click here to register!


TIME:  · 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CT; · 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET

In Nebraska, the majority of pediatric audiology services are concentrated in the metropolitan areas in the eastern part of the state. Because of the location and limited number of pediatric diagnostic facilities in Nebraska, families with young children often travel over four hours with a very young infant to access the necessary services. Families covered only by Medicaid cannot obtain services outside of Nebraska, and often times these families do not have the resources (safe vehicle, gas money, money for overnight lodging) to travel long distances. Central and western Nebraska have historically been underserved, which resulted in children who live in rural Nebraska being identified late as deaf or hard of hearing, and not receiving timely access to appropriate intervention services. Timing of the screening and diagnostic process for a child with permanent sensorineural hearing loss is critical. Nebraska EHDI formed a learning community to address this issue and determine how to ensure that children throughout Nebraska can all have timely access to the same quality of audiology services, regardless of where they live. Throughout the process, many barriers were encountered including finding the right partners, securing funding, and ensuring long term sustainability of the program. This poster will outline the process of establishing collaborations between state entities to provide tele-audiology services (including OAE, ABR and tympanometry) in Nebraska. The poster and accompanying presenters will discuss the partnerships needed for implementation, case studies of families impacted by delayed diagnosis and early intervention, data collected, issues to secure funding, barriers to implementation, and the outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

· Improving Access to care
· Implementing teleaudiology
· Supporting families

PRESENTERS: Hannah Ditmars, MeLissa Butler, Sara Peterson
Dr. Hannah Ditmars is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She provides clinical audiology services to individuals of all ages including infants. Dr. Ditmars teaches graduate students, both in the clinic and classroom, who are pursuing their Doctorate Degree in Audiology. She instructs the Auditory Electrophysiology course and co-teaches the Humanitarian Audiology course, which includes study abroad and provision of audiology services to individuals in Nicaragua.

MeLissa Butler has been with the Nebraska Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program since April, 2011, and serves as Community Health Educator Senior. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Technical Studies from Bellevue University. MeLissa’s training includes Evidence Based Public Health-A Course in Chronic Disease Prevention; American Sign Language; Genetics and Hearing Loss for EHDI Professionals; ASTra Family Support training; and she is a Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt.

Sara Peterson is a Teacher of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing at ESU#13 in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Sara is also a Coordinator for the Central Western Nebraska Partnership for Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

WHERE:  Adobe Connect- to register click:

Download the adobeconnect app.

More download information is found at:

NOTE:  If your institution does not permit you to add the above link, you may go to the above URL directly, however, we have been advised that optimal performance is achieved via the app.

Live captioning will be provided

This webinar will be recorded and posted online at about a week after the webinar. There are no CEU’s offered for the webinar.

If you have questions about this webinar, please contact Mandy Jay. For technical assistance during the webinar, please contact Daniel Ladner.


Bapin Group is excited to announce The Second International DeafBlind Expo.

This event offers the opportunity to meet people from DeafBlind communities all over the world who come together to partner, network, share information, and check out amazing products showcased by renowned vendors. You won’t want to miss your chance to attend the International DeafBlind Expo and experience all the things we will have to offer:

1) Gain a wealth of information and enjoy networking,

2) Participate in workshops,

3) Visit the exhibit booths to check out and purchase new products,

4) Enjoy skits by talented DeafBlind patrons,

5) Enjoy the Saturday night Gala with a full meal and cash bar, and

6) Socialize, party, and check out beautiful Orlando, Florida!

Registration is now available for on-line completion.

DeafBlind people who wish to attend the Expo are responsible for bringing their own SSPs and the SSPs need to be prepared to interpret. Bapin Group will NO LONGER be coordinating SSPs for this event and we will do our best to provide interpreting support ONLY during activities planned by Bapin Group. We will have interpreting and CART services available for all workshops, the exhibit hall, and the events planned by Bapin Group. We will also have limited interpreting services available for vendors who request them at their exhibit booths.


This event will offer you the opportunity to meet people from Deaf-Blind communities all over the world. We are anticipating attendees from several countries as well as international vendors. You won't want to miss your chance to attend the international deaf-blind expo and experience all the things we will have to offer:

  • Educational Workshops 
  • Meet and network with others
  • Visit the exhibit booths and check out and purchase new products
  • Don't forget Las Vegas is a great place to socialize and party!

Register online here


Wednesday, July 30, 2014
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Pre-expo SSP/interpreter training workshops
4:00-6:00 PM: Arrivals and registrations
8:00-11:00 PM: Opening ceremony and ice breaker party with free hors d’oeuvres and cash bar

Thursday, July 31, 2014
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM: Exhibit halls open
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Workshop 1 (TBA)
2:00-5:00 PM: Workshop 2 (TBA)
Evening: Dinner on your own, visit downtown Las Vegas, socialize with friends, etc.

Friday, August 1, 2014
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM: Exhibit halls open
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Workshop 1 (TBA)
2:00-5:00 PM: Workshop 2 (TBA)
Evening: Dinner on your own, visit downtown Las Vegas, socialize with friends, etc.

Saturday, August 2, 2014
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM: Exhibit halls open
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Tech forum 1 (details soon)
2:00-5:00 PM: Advocacy panel (details soon)
8:00 PM-midnight: Dance night with free refreshments and cash bar

Sunday, August 3, 2014
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Exhibit halls open
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Door prizes (winners must be onsite to receive their prizes)
After 1:00 PM: Adjourn and go back home!

Cost Information:

--International Deaf-Blind Expo Five-Day Registration:
Early bird until March 31, 2014: $125.00 per person (free for SSPs and interpreters)
After March 31, 2014: $175.00 per person (free for SSPs and interpreters)
At door: $225.00 per person (free for SSPs and interpreters)

--International Deaf-Blind Expo Per-Day Registration:
Early bird until March 31, 2014: $75.00 per person (free for SSPs and interpreters)
After March 31, 2014: $100.00 per person (free for SSPs and interpreters)
At door: $125.00 per person (free for SSPs and interpreters)

--Riviera Casino and Hotel per night: Luxury room: $45.00 (single or double occupancy); Studio Suite: $169.00, additionally 12% daily taxes (approximate) and a $15.00 resort fee which will include Wi-Fi, fitness center, in-room safe, etc. To request the special group rate, please call Riviera Casino and Hotel at (800) 634-6753 or (702) 794-9412 and mention International Deaf-Blind Expo.