As was the case with most in-person conventions taking place during the COVID-19 pandemic, HLAA 2020 was reimagined as a virtual event. To bring information to people living with hearing loss, HLAA hosted Experience HLAA! on June 18 and 19, our first virtual event, unlike anything HLAA has ever done. Our founder, Rocky Stone, would be proud. The event featured two days of informational and educational webinars on subjects ranging from regenerative medicine and workplace advocacy for those with hearing loss to tinnitus as part of the annual Research Symposium.
In 2020, HLAA also took its exhibit hall online as well, showcasing sponsor websites along with a well-rounded rotating lineup of sponsor ads which were educational and inspiring.
In fact, HLAA saw its highest average of attendees on day one with nearly 800 people tuned in. Around 2,400 combined registered for the event and another interesting statistic—83 percent of attendees viewed the convention on a desktop PC or laptop.
Statistics taken from HLAA’s post-2020 virtual convention evaluation revealed that 400 attendees attended the live Research Symposium on tinnitus. The reaction to the symposium was very good, with many stating they gained insight on the subject matter and enjoyed the presentation along with the Q&A.
Experience HLAA! Opening Session
Executive Director, Hearing Loss Association of America
President and CapTel Inventor
Author, Volume Control: Hearing in a Deafening World
Chair, Board of Directors, Hearing Industries Association Summary: Opening remarks to start off the Experience HLAA Convention.
The Potential for Regenerative Medicine to Restore Hearing Loss
Ph.D., Chief Development Officer, Frequency Therapeutics
M.D., Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology, Columbia University
Ph.D., Professor of Otolaryngology & Communication Sciences, Medical College of Wisconsin
Moderator: Carrie Nieman
M.D., HLAA Board member, Johns Hopkins Medicine
Workplace Gain: A Discussion on Self-Advocacy, Marketing and Navigating the Workplace with Hearing Loss
Accessibility Officer, PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.
Business Systems Analyst, PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.
Program Manager, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, The Boeing Company
Moderator: Kelly Tremblay
Ph.D., HLAA Board member
Research Symposium: The Latest on Tinnitus Research
Ph.D., U.S. Army (Retired), Senior Health Care Consultant, Pharos Group Incorporated
Colleen G. Le Prell
Au.D., Professor of Audiology, University of Texas at Dallas
Richard S. Tyler
Ph.D., Professor of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Moderator: Kelly Tremblay
Ph.D., HLAA Board member, Research Symposium Program Committee