We are Shaking the Convention up for 2017!

Chapter Officers/Leaders – Register today for Discounted Rate!

Hearing Loss Association of America, HLAA and HLAA-Florida State Association extend an invitation to YOU in joining people with hearing loss to share in educational workshops, a research symposium, a trade show with the latest hearing technology, and social events. Make plans to attend this special event today.  

What is New 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.
  • NEW! Friday night Awards followed by the new Talent event, HLAA Stars Come Out. Interested in performing after the award presentations? Simply 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 nmacklin@hearingloss.org no later than March 15.
  • NEW! Sunday (remember – no awards breakfast – awards take place Friday evening as noted above!) 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.
  • Early-bird registration will open November 1 and close March 31, 2017
  • The name of the event – HLAA2017 Convention Add a hashtag and you have the start of a tweet! #HLAA2017 is the official Convention hashtag on Twitter.


Opening Session Keynote Speaker

It is with great honor that we announce Staff Sgt. (RET.) Shilo Harris as the keynote speaker for HLAA2017. Shilo served in Iraq in 2007 when the Humvee he and three fellow soldiers were in were hit by a roadside bomb. Shilo sustained devastating injuries and a long road to recovery. Today, he is an inspirational speaker and author of Steel Will: My Journey Through Hell to Become the Man I Was Meant to Be. A book signing will be scheduled at HLAA2017 as well.

Hearing Aids and Cochlear Implants: Merging Technologies, Expanding Benefits

Friday, June 23, 9 a.m. – noon
Presenters: Take a look at our wonderful line-up of Symposium speakers
Sponsored by:  American Cochlear Implant Alliance

Hearing aids and cochlear implants are no longer separate, distinct and mutually exclusive technologies that serve disparate populations of people who are defined as either “hard of hearing” or “deaf.” Increasingly people are combining the benefits of both platforms to reach even higher levels of performance. Research suggests that combining hearing aids and cochlear implants can be synergistic, bringing people closer and closer to normal hearing. Technologies that combine these devices utilize improved sound processing strategies, new electrode configurations, sleek processor designs, Bluetooth, and telecoil to enhance usability and performance. These changes have expanded the candidate population and blurred the lines between hearing aids and cochlear implants.

Looking ahead, even greater numbers of people will wear devices that combine the two technologies. Among the greatest challenges will be improving awareness about the benefit derived from such technology mergers and ensuring that access to care is available for all who need it. Collaborations between consumers, hearing care professionals, researchers, insurers, manufacturers, and government can help bridge the enormous gap that currently exists between who can benefit and who has access to care.

Read more here! hearingloss.org/content/convention