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. 


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 and Ken Cluskey are recent newlyweds and live in Washington, D.C. Both Lisa and Ken began losing their hearing as young adults. They each wear one cochlear implant and one hearing aid. Lisa and Ken are active members of HLAA and have served as HLAA Chapter leaders and currently serve in other supportive roles for several chapters.

Lisa Yuan is 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.

Ken Cluskey 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.

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December 12, 2020

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November 14, 2020

Alison Freeman

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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