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Where are we going?

Salt Palace Convention Center
100 South West Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101

Location of Opening Session, Research Symposium, and all workshops

Little America Hotel logoLittle America Hotel
500 South Main Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101

Location of Friday evening HLAA Stars Come Out (Awards Ceremony & Talent Show) and evening Cranky Cochlea Dinner Theater

We are shaking the Convention up for 2017!

  • Stars Come Out: It's not too early to start thinking about what song you will sing, what instrument you will play, or what magic trick you will perform! The winner of the talent show will be the opening act for Gael Hannan's Huh? Life with a Cranky Cochlea on Saturday evening.
  • Sunday will be available for optional tours—visit the “Explore Salt Lake City” page under the Hotel/Travel tab for more information
  • NEW EVENT: Come see the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on Sunday morning! Be sure to RSVP to this event to see MoTab perform Music and the Spoken Word at the LDS Conference Center in Temple Square. There will be a looped section during the performance. More details will be provided in your registration packet. 
  • Educational workshops will be focus on communication; advocacy; hearing assistive technology (HAT); hearing loops; genealogy; and cochlear implants and hearing aids

Sponsorship/Marketing and Exhibiting Opportunities

Showcase your company's product and services at HLAA2017 - there are plenty of opportunities for every budget. See the Sponsorship/Marketing and Exhibiting Opportunities prospectus for all the details. 

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.

Staff Sgt. (RET.) Shilo Harris       Humvee hit by a roadside bomb
Photographs by Tony Gatlin, fellow Veteran, 911 Pentagon Survivor and owner of Strictly Art Photography

HLAA Stars Come Out: Awards Ceremony and Talent Show
Friday, June 23

photo of Nancy Williams leaning on a pianoJoin us as we honor those who have done honorable work in the hearing loss community, with Nancy Williams as our host. Nancy M. Williams is a classical concert pianist with a moderate-to-severe hearing loss. The founding editor and publisher of the online magazine Grand Piano Passion™, she celebrates all musicians with hearing loss. Join us as she performs the poignant and well-known first movement from Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata to open the HLAA Stars Come Out: Awards Ceremony and Talent Show.

The second portion of the evening involves HLAA members participating in a talent show competition and the winner (selected by the audience) will be the opening act for Gael Hannan’s production, Huh? Life with a Cranky Cochlea on Saturday evening.

Cranky Cochlea Dinner Theater
Saturday, June 24

image of Gael HannanHuh?  Life with a Cranky Cochlea
A hilarious and poignant performance about the hearing loss life performed by Gael Hannan, renowned hearing loss advocate. With musical guests – announced soon!