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HEARING LOSS STATS

1in5

Teens

experience some degree of hearing loss.

2.7M

Veterans

have service-connected hearing disabilities or are in treatment for hearing-related issues.

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HLAA 2023 Convention

June 29-July 1, 2023

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Walk4Hearing

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The largest walk for hearing loss awareness in the country!

The Hearing Loss Association of America Walk4Hearing increases public awareness about hearing loss, eradicates the stigma associated with it and raises funds for national and local programs.

Upcoming Events

Find upcoming HLAA webinars, Walks and other events.
Feb
7
Tue

When: Tuesday, February 07, 2023
Time: 6-7:00 p.m. (ET)

Executive Summary:
Simply hearing the informational content of words is one thing, but understanding the impact of hearing loss on the brain and body is far wider than most people appreciate. In this webinar, Dr. Ruffin shares both science-based and personal recommendations working in a challenging, fast-paced work environment.

Background:
Hearing loss goes beyond just hearing spoken words:

1) It can worsen social cognition, particularly expressive communication and soft skills.

2) Hearing occurs within the brain, not the ears. The brain undergoes significant changes as a result of hearing loss.

So, the brain’s processing power is diverted to repairing hearing and conversation instead of focusing exclusively on the meaning of the conversation itself and forging strong connections with others. This affects how those with hearing loss process information and express themselves in many settings like the workplace.

What You’ll Gain:
Dr. Ruffin experiences many environments—especially in the workplace—where there is a lot of background noise. He also works with people of all educational backgrounds to process complex concepts on the fly. In this webinar, he will share with you the techniques, grounded in research, that are designed to help those with hearing loss like himself perform at a high-level.

Presenter: 

Dr. Chad Ruffin is an ENT Doctor, Cochlear Implant Surgeon and advocate for adults and kids. Born with severe hearing loss, he is uniquely equipped with the skills and experience necessary to improve the lives of hard of hearing patients. Dr. Ruffin completed surgical training at Indiana University, one of the most rigorous otolaryngology residency programs. He also completed advanced training in ear surgery and cochlear implant research as a faculty physician at Indiana University. He is passionate about using his journey as a deaf patient, surgeon, auditory neuroscientist, and hearing technology innovator to help others succeed with hearing loss.

In addition to working one-on-one with patients at his clinic in Seattle, Dr. Ruffin and his team perform innovative research and advocacy for the hard of hearing community.

Learn more about Dr. Chad Ruffin at chadruffinmd.com

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Helpful Hints and Tutorials

    • Zoom concerns have been addressed and procedures will be modified as Zoom continues to update their software. The main security issue was with open meetings. When you register, it creates a unique link for a password protected session.
       
    • Use a computer. If possible, attend the meeting on a computer rather than via a smart phone or iPad. This will give you the best layout to view the captions as well as other meeting features.
  • Update Zoom. Make sure to upgrade to the latest version of Zoom.
  • Captions. HLAA Webinars are open or closed captioned. Subtitles will be visible at the bottom of the meeting zoom screen.
     
  • Check your time zone. This meeting will take place live at 2 p.m. ET, 1 p.m. CT, Noon, MT and 11 a.m. PT. If you are in a different time zone, please adjust the time so you do not miss the meeting.
  • Questions? Feel free to email us at webinars@hearingloss.org. If you are in a different time zone, please adjust the time so you do not miss the meeting.

NOTE: HLAA does not offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for participation in our webinars.

Questions? Feel free to email us at webinars@hearingloss.org.

Feb
14
Tue

When: Tuesday, February 14, 2023
Time: 2:00-2:30 p.m. (ET)

Executive Summary:

CaptionMate is a mobile app for iPhones and Android devices. As an innovator in the mobile captioning space, CaptionMate uses ASR (Automatic Speech Recognition) to provide fast and accurate captions in real time. It is also the only service to caption both sides of the conversation, allow consumers to share their conversation in real time, and provide captions in over 100 languages.

CaptionMate also functions as a viable workplace solution, turning your computer and office phone into a free captioning platform for individuals who need assistance at work.

As a certified IP CTS provider, CaptionMate adheres to all FCC (Federal Communications Commission) regulations ensuring total customer privacy and security.

There are many things that set CaptionMate apart but one of the biggest, is that we believe that you the consumer are the expert. Discover how CaptionMate has been listening to its customers and making their requests a reality by becoming part of a pilot program to test a new captioning platform.

Note: This is a product showcase webinar – not an endorsement of products or services

Presenter: 

Jon Gray – Business Manager, CaptionMate
As the Business Manager for CaptionMate Jon is responsible for the company’s product development, sales and strategy. With over 20 years of experience developing products for individuals with hearing loss, Jon has served in a variety of roles including CSO for Bellman & Symfon, Director of Sales for Clarity Products LLC. and Sr. Product Manager for Plantronics. With a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Science (B.A.Sc) from Florida State University and hearing loss himelf, Jon has been successful in bringing new technologies to the disability community by building partnerships from the local grassroots community organizations to state agencies federal agencies such as the VA (Veterans Administration) and even the Canadian Government.

Register for Webinar

Helpful Hints and Tutorials

    • Zoom concerns have been addressed and procedures will be modified as Zoom continues to update their software. The main security issue was with open meetings. When you register, it creates a unique link for a password protected session.
       
    • Use a computer. If possible, attend the meeting on a computer rather than via a smart phone or iPad. This will give you the best layout to view the captions as well as other meeting features.
  • Update Zoom. Make sure to upgrade to the latest version of Zoom.
  • Captions. HLAA Webinars are open or closed captioned. Subtitles will be visible at the bottom of the meeting zoom screen.
     
  • Check your time zone. This meeting will take place live at 2 p.m. ET, 1 p.m. CT, Noon, MT and 11 a.m. PT. If you are in a different time zone, please adjust the time so you do not miss the meeting.
  • Questions? Feel free to email us at webinars@hearingloss.org. If you are in a different time zone, please adjust the time so you do not miss the meeting.

NOTE: HLAA does not offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for participation in our webinars.

Questions? Feel free to email us at webinars@hearingloss.org.

Feb
21
Tue

We invite veterans with hearing loss to attend the next Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting (VAAVC) online using Zoom.

Time: 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT, 6 p.m. MT, 5 p.m. PT 

This will be an open meeting. We look forward to seeing you online.

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The HLAA Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter is sponsored exclusively by Starkey.

Mar
21
Tue

We invite veterans with hearing loss to attend the next Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter Meeting (VAAVC) online using Zoom.

Time: 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT, 6 p.m. MT, 5 p.m. PT 

This will be an open meeting. We look forward to seeing you online.

REGISTER

The HLAA Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter is sponsored exclusively by Starkey.

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