HLAA2020 Convention in New Orleans!

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Join us in the Big Easy for what promises to be a dynamic HLAA2020 Convention. What a fun place to find support and information! Learn in the most communication-accessible environment, meet others with hearing loss who share interests and concerns, and discover new passions. New Orleans is a magical city teeming with energy, history and culture. The birthplace of jazz, home to Creole cuisine, and charmed with its unmatched southern hospitality, the city never fails to mesmerize. Educational workshops and a broad mix of innovative, informative HLAA2020 exhibitors await you—along with the city’s French Quarter and its famous streets, a captivating assortment of museums, and the allure of “only-in-New Orleans” live music. We can’t wait to see you there!

COVID-19 Update March 17, 2020: We are monitoring the situation and following the guidelines from the CDC and local public health authorities. As of this date, the HLAA2020 Convention is planned to occur and we have received many registrations. If there are changes in the country’s health guidelines and HLAA cancels HLAA2020, we will refund 100% of your registration fee. Please know that the health and safety of the HLAA community is a priority. We encourage everyone to sign up for the free, online HLAA Hearing Life E-News to receive all the latest news.

Convention Registration is OPEN!

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Host Hotel and Convention Site (All under one roof!)

New Orleans Marriott
555 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Introducing Keynote Speaker Author David Owen

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Keynote speaker David Owen. Photo by Laurie Gaboardi, LCT

David Owen is a staff writer for The New Yorker and author of the new book Volume Control: Hearing in a Deafening World. David will address the medical, emotional, and social aspects of hearing loss, along with some surprising revelations about technology and hearing aids. He will explore the incredible possibilities of technology assisted hearing and give us hope for a better future for treating hearing loss. The Opening Session is on Thursday, June 18, 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., sponsored by Advanced Bionics.

Exhibit Hall, Workshops, Research Symposium, and More!

The Exhibit Hall is open free to the public, just stop by the Convention registration desk for a badge. The Research Symposium is “The Latest on Tinnitus Research.” Attend workshops on interesting topics, including an employment track for people with hearing loss in the workplace. We’ll even have a session on Yoga for people with hearing loss. There will be a fun offsite event to a local historical attraction (free with registration). Learn about the latest technology and more. Don’t miss HLAA2020 where it’s okay to have a hearing loss. 

Exhibit Hall Space Open Now

Get in early and choose your space in the largest trade show and exhibit hall for people with hearing loss. The HLAA2020 Exhibit Hall is open free to the public. For rates and space reservations, email Justin Wolfe at justin.wolfe@theygsgroup.com, or call 717.430.2238.

Promote Your Brand in New Orleans?

Stand out from the competition by sponsoring a special event or symposium, offering food and drink with a New Orleans flavor, or providing communication access through hearing loops, captioning, and sign language interpretation. Take a look at our Sponsor & Exhibitor Prospectus for HLAA2020 Convention sponsorship opportunities and information on how to become an exhibitor. For more information, email Marilyn DiGiacobbe.

Product/Service Demos at HLAA2020

Has your company secured a demo spot? If yes, please fill out the Proposal for Demo Room Presentation form. Once it is filled out please send it to convention@hearingloss.org.

Event Photography Notice

Photography will occur during the HLAA2020 Convention. Photos may be used for future marketing materials, so if you do not wish to appear in the published photos, please let us know by emailing convention@hearingloss.org.

Communication Access

Hearing loops and CART/Captioning will be in use in all workshops and plenary sessions. Sign Language Interpretation is available for all plenary sessions. You may request interpreters for specific workshops by emailing convention@hearingloss.org by May 29, 2020. Read More >


The momentum that Hearing Loss Association of America began 40 years ago, raising awareness and advocating for those with hearing loss, just keeps building. CapTel Captioned Telephone is proud to support the HLAA Convention and be involved as people from all areas come together to share findings, learn, become inspired and support one another.

Robert Engelke, President of CapTel, Inc.