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Hearing Loss Association of America Hosts the HLAA Convention 2016 and the International Federation of Hard of Hearing People (IFHOH) Congress

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June 23 - 26
Washington Hilton
1919 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20009 US
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Registration Deadline - May 31! 
Pre-registration open through May 31; after that, we welcome your registration on-site. 

Banquet Seating
Early-bird registrants will have the opportunity to book their seat at the banquet very soon! Frankly, we have been inundated with registrations - once all are data-entered we will send an email that Banquet Seating has officially opened for Early-birds. Keep an eye on your Inbox.

Go to Registration on the left menu for packages, pricing and more. 

This is the preliminary schedule - stay tuned to this page for any changes. Note that there are two plenary sessions on Thursday morning, so plan your travel and hotel reservations accordingly.  

Workshop Schedule 
Look at this chart to see the content of the four educational tracks; a schedule for the State/Chapter Development Room will be posted soon. 

Host Hotel - Washington Hilton
We are sure to keep you busy with a vibrant exhibit hall, full schedule of workshops, off-site options, and a research symposium moderated by Frank Lin, M.D., Ph.D., but take time to enjoy the neighborhood - the Washington Hilton is just a short walk to restaurants, shopping and nightlife. Enjoy all the nation’s capital has to offer as the hotel is only four blocks to the Dupont Circle Metro (Red Line), providing easy access to the National Zoo, Smithsonian museums, the National Mall, and more.

The room block is now OPEN! Go to to make your reservation, or call call the hotel at 202.483.3000 (follow the prompts to reach Reservations), or call 1-800-HILTONS and book for the Washington Hilton. Be sure to mention the Group Code, HLAA. See more information about the hotel and room rates on the Hotel/Travel page (left menu).

Microsoft's Jenny Lay-Flurrie to Keynote
HLAA is delighted to introduce you to our keynote speaker, Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Chair of the Disability Employee Resource Group and Chief Accessibility Officer for Microsoft. During her keynote, Disability as a Strength, Jenny will speak about her role as Chair of the Disability Employee Resource Group and Chief Accessibility Officer, and the tricks she has learned over the years about how to manage her own disability and use those skills to empower others to achieve more. In 2014 the White House recognized Jenny as a Disability Employment Champion of Change.

Jenny will deliver her keynote address during the Opening Session on Thursday, June 23, 2016. 

Thursday Plenary Sessions

8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. 
IOM and PCAST Reports

Institute of Medicine:  The IOM Report Explained
Dan Blazer, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Accessible and Affordable Hearing Health Care for Adults, will present the IOM report and recommendations on ways to improve quality, access and affordability of hearing technologies.

Dr. Blazer is currently the J.P. Gibbons Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He is a professor of Community and Family Medicine. He also serves as adjunct professor in the Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina.  

President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST): The PCAST Report Explained
Susan L. Graham, Ph.D., member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Policy (PCAST), will present the PCAST report and its implications for people with hearing loss.

Dr. Graham is the Pehong Chen Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Emerita at the University of California, Berkeley. She currently chairs the Computing Research Association’s Computing Community Consortium. Dr. Graham a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). She was named a University of California Berkeley Fellow in 2011.

PCAST is an advisory group of the nation’s leading scientists and engineers who directly advise the president and the executive office of the President.

Audience participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of both speakers.

10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)Latest from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Accessible Communications

Gregory Hlibok, Chief of the Disability Rights Office and Karen Peltz Strauss, Deputy Chief, both of the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, will provide updates on the Commission’s various actions to enhance access to communications for people with hearing loss. Topics will include new hearing aid requirements for wireless phones, strengthened closed captioning quality requirements, and updated rules on IP captioned telephone service. 

Friday Research Symposium: Novel Approaches toward Addressing Hearing Loss – Ideas on the Cutting Edge 
Moderator:  Frank Lin, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Lin is an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Geriatric Medicine, Mental Health, and Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins. His clinical practice is dedicated to the medical and surgical management of otologic conditions, and he studies research questions that lie at the interface of hearing loss, gerontology, and public health.

The symposium will be a mix of research in the basic science/hair cell area as well as novel ideas in the area of service delivery. See details about the symposium speakers and their presentations - read more.

Exhibiting and Sponsorships
The Exhibit and Marketing Opportunities prospectus has been distributed to sponsors of Convention 2015 who have right of refusal.  See the full prospectus on the Exhibiting/Marketing page.

Plenty of sponsor opportunities are available for every budget. Contact Director of Development Loretto McNally to learn more.

Wednesday Open Mic Night
The Association of Adult Musicians with Hearing Loss (AAMHL) is hosting an open mic event during the HLAA Convention 2016 on June 22 from 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. All convention attendees who play a musical instrument or sing are encouraged to perform. If you are interested in performing, please go to for more details and to submit an entry. The deadline to submit an entry is April 15, 2016.

Convention Updates
Be sure to check this page frequently for Convention news as well as on Facebook and Twitter (@HLAA@nmacklin #HLAA2016).

Call Nancy Macklin, Director of Events at 301.657.2248 or email