HLAA Virtual Meetings

These meetings are virtual experiences where people from the hearing loss community can come together and socially connect. They are captioned online meetings using ZOOM that include a presentation from a guest speaker, question and answer exchanges from participants, hearing health tips and more. 


May 25, 2021

PFDD Events

HLAA received permission from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to hold an Externally-Led Patient-Focused Drug Development Meeting for People and Families Living with Sensorineural Hearing Loss on Tuesday, May 25, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (U.S. ET). This meeting represents the voice of the person with hearing loss. Two panels spoke about their experiences living with hearing loss. Meeting attendees had the opportunity to call in and submit online written comments about the issues discussed during the meeting. Most meeting comments collected before, during and in the 30 days following the meeting will be included in a “Voice of the Patient” report published in the fall.

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April 10, 2021

Dana Sunderland, HLAA Los Angeles chapter member, moderates a panel discussion on coping with hearing loss featuring couples, married and dating, best friends and parent-child challenges! Panelists will come from a mixed environment–those who are hearing and others who have hearing loss. It is an entertaining and provocative discussion on the challenges of hearing loss and relationships. 

Presented by: HLAA California State Association

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January 9, 2021

Speakers: Lisa Yuan and Ken Cluskey

Topic: Employment Strategies for People with Hearing Loss

Presented by: HLAA District of Columbia Chapter

Finding and maintaining a job with hearing loss can be challenging, and for many, those challenges have likely been magnified during the pandemic. In this program, Ken Cluskey and Lisa Yuan share experiences and strategies they have developed over 30 years in both the public and private sectors on searching for a job, obtaining employment and achieving success once employed. The program includes tips and resources related to the specific challenges that people with hearing loss may face as they navigate their careers.

Lisa Yuan began losing her hearing as a young adult and now wears one cochlear implant and one hearing aid. Lisa is an active member of HLAA and has served as an HLAA Chapter leader and currently serves in other supportive roles for several chapters.

Lisa a public health analyst at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Prior to joining the federal workforce in 2015, she spent more than 25 years in the private sector, working at entertainment advertising agencies in Los Angeles as a computer production specialist. She also recently completed the Presidential Management Fellows Program, a two-year training and leadership development program of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. All views and opinions expressed during the presentation are her own.

Ken Cluskey began losing his hearing as a young adult and now wears one cochlear implant and one hearing aid. Ken is an active member of HLAA and has served as an HLAA Chapter leader for several chapters. 

Ken is an economist in the Office of Compensation and Working Conditions at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Since 2018, Ken has worked to develop and maintain procedures for the Occupational Requirements Survey (ORS) and National Compensation Survey (NCS). From 2012 to 2018, he worked in the Office of Hearing Operations supporting the adjudication of disability claims. This included extensive work with disability claimants, administrative law judges and vocational experts. Prior to joining the federal workforce, Ken worked in both the nonprofit and private industry primarily in banking and real estate.  All views and opinions expressed during the presentation are his own.

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December 12, 2020

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Photo of Alison Freeman, Ph.D.November 14, 2020


Speaker: Alison Freeman, Ph.D., California State University at Northridge (CSUN)

Topic: Surviving the Holidays with Hearing Loss

Presented by: HLAA California State Association

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October 10, 2020


Speaker: Katie Wright, HLAA California State Association President

Topic: Voting Matters

Presented by: HLAA California State Association

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September 12, 2020

HLAA Executive Director, Barbara Kelley in white sweater

A Conversation with Barbara Kelley

Speaker: Barbara Kelley, HLAA Executive Director

Topic: Connecting and Adapting During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Presented by: HLAA California State Association


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July 11, 2020

Richard Einhorn sitting by a piano

Speaker: Richard Einhorn, HLAA Board of Directors Chair

Topic: A Few Tech Things That You Need to Know NOW

Special Guest: Gael Hannan – The Funny Side of Hearing Technology


Holly Cohen, HLAA member and hearing health advocate
Shari Eberts, HLAA Board Treasurer
Roxana Rotundo, HLAA Board Member


June 6, 2020

Toni Iacolucci and Elaine McCaffreyGuest Speakers: 
Toni Iacolucci, MSW
Elaine McCaffrey, Patient Advocate & Member, HLAA Board of Directors

Topic: Advocacy & Impact: Effective Communication in Health Care Settings

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May 9, 2020

Rebecca Alexander PhotoGuest Speaker: Rebecca Alexander, LCSW-R, MPH, PLLC

Topic: Breathe in Peace, Breathe out Fear: Candid Conversation during COVID with Rebecca Alexander

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April 25, 2020

Photo of Gael HannanGuest Speaker: Gael Hannan

Topic: A humorous look at the highs and lows of physically distancing with hearing loss.

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