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HLAA2019 Convention

Rochester, NY city skyline at night

June 20 – 23 in Rochester, NY

Hyatt Regency Rochester

Registration for HLAA2019 is OPEN!


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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.

Part 1:  Ida Institute Resources for HLAA Chapter Activities

The Ida Institute has developed resources for HLAA Chapters to be used as a tool for encouraging discussion, exploration and reflection on everyday communication situations. During this session you will learn about the various resources and how you can use them to run meetings in a new and engaging way.

Presenter Bert Meijers is a project manager at the Ida Institute and is responsible for developing, planning and driving their integrated online resources including the Ida Learning Hall, their eLearning platform. Bert is also responsible for coordinating the Institute’s partnerships and innovation processes. Before joining the Ida Institute, Bert worked as a project manager within international development and on social enterprise projects in Berlin, Amsterdam and San Francisco. Originally from the Netherlands, Bert has a background in design thinking and social innovation and has a degree from the Kaospilots in Denmark.

The Ida Institute is world renowned for their person-centered care approach. HLAA is a a partner with the Ida Institute on their Person Centered Hearing Care Network. This will be a great session for leaders.

Part 2:  Fundraising, Branding and Other Business Tools for Nonprofits

Get your ducks in a row to engage in fundraising for your HLAA Chapter or state organization.

Ann Thomas is a dynamic and award-winning hearing loss advocate. She is president of Hearing Loss Association of America-Diablo Valley Chapter, a member of the HLAA Get in the Hearing Loop Committee, and a HLAA trained Hearing Assistive Technology Specialist.

She discovered she was losing her hearing in 1997 at age 48 and became a member of HLAA in 2008. She would like HLAA to become a household word and has been directing her efforts to that end since becoming a HLAA Diablo Valley Chapter Board member in 2009.

Ann graduated from the University of San Francisco with a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Behavior/Development, received nonprofit training from the esteemed CompassPoint Nonprofit Services in San Francisco, attended California State Board of Equalization Workshops for Nonprofits, and has experience working with several additional nonprofits.




Join us for an experience to remember where you will meet other people with hearing loss, learn in the most communication accessible environment and enjoy the sights of Rochester: a world of art, theater, music, photography, history, nature and play! On-site Registration for HLAA2019 opens June 19. 

Highlights include:

Rebecca Alexander, Keynote Speaker

Come hear Rebecca talk about her inspiring journey at the Opening Session on Thursday, June 20 at 9 a.m. The Opening Session is being sponsored by 

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Exhibit Hall 

It’s not everyday that you can experience the latest technology and services for people with hearing loss under one roof! The hall is open for free to the public – just pick up a badge at the Convention Registration Desk. 

Research Symposium, The Latest on Genetics and Hearing Loss 

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from world-renowned geneticists who will present the latest research on hearing loss that occurs later in life, and what can be done for families who have inherited the gene. In a rapidly-moving field, much has been accomplished since the last symposium on genetics in 1999. There will also be a Genetics track for workshops that will feature families with known and perceived genetic hearing loss, talking about their experiences, genetic counseling and more. Check out the Research Symposium page for more information.

The Latest on Genetics and Hearing Loss is being supported by a grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) and is sponsored byCochlear Americas Logo

Special Events

State and Chapter Awards Ceremony & Reception 

Wednesday, June 19
The HLAA State and Chapters are the foundation of HLAA. This ceremony, on Wednesday evening, will highlight those people who have worked tirelessly in their communities to help others with hearing loss. Light fare and refreshments will be available during the State and Chapter Awards Ceremony & Reception. 

Get Acquainted Party

Thursday, June 20
An annual tradition, the opening night GAP is always so much fun. See old friends, meet some new friends, and enjoy some refreshments. You don’t want to miss this so be sure to RSVP for this event on your registration. It is included in the General Package. 

The GAP is sponsored by CaptionCall logo

Night at the Museum, Off-site Event at the George Eastman MuseumPhoto of exterior of Eastman Museum and garden

Friday, June 21

The Eastman Museum is an educational institution with a mission to provide leadership in the field of photography and cinema; preserve and develop world-class collections, as well as George Eastman’s estate, a National Historic Landmark; and to serve the Greater Rochester community. Read more about the historic mansion and gardens at eastman.org

Unwind from the day’s Convention activities while you enjoy and explore this amazing property. This event is not included in the General Package, so be sure to add a ticket ($45) which includes entry to the museum, light fare, and transportation. 

Cheers to 40 Years! HLAA Anniversary Celebration and Awards Gala

Join us on Saturday, June 22 and be part of a special night, paying tribute to our many accomplishments over the years, as well as honor those receiving a HLAA National award. We’ll end the evening with entertainment. Wear your special cocktail attire and be ready to have a great night! 

The Cheers to 40 Years Gala is sponsored by CapTel Captioned Telephone logo



Come learn more about the Walk4Hearing! Join us for a free event to learn more about Walk day, meet other walkers, and receive Walk4Hearing materials. 

RSVP by Friday, September 6, 2019