HLAA 2021 Convention Logo

Save-the date: HLAA Virtual Convention 2021, June 24-26
Registration Opens Week of April 19

HLAA 2021 Convention is going virtual! Join us June 24-26, 2021 for the world’s premier event for people with hearing loss-safely from the comfort of your own home! This three-day event will be jam-packed with the same robust educational workshops, innovative HLAA exhibitors, and unique networking opportunities you are used to having at HLAA Conventions.

Stay tuned, more information coming soon about registration and activities.

Subscribe to the free, online Hearing Life e-News to stay up to date on all HLAA Convention news.

2021 HLAA Research Symposium

Hearing Care for All: Innovations in Extending the Reach of Hearing Care 

Saturday, June 26, 2021 

HLAA Research Symposia have been held annually at HLAA Conventions since 1994The sessions cover cutting-edge scientific findings relevant to adult hearing loss. The symposia are unique because they are geared toward educating the lay audience of people with hearing loss about research. The 2021 Research Symposium is supported by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

In the United States, most people with hearing loss do not receive hearing health care. How can we do better? This research symposium will feature some of the latest advances in delivering hearing care to communities traditionally unserved by clinic-based hearing care, including remote Alaska villages, older adults along the U.S.-Mexico border, and low-income older adults in Baltimore. In these settings, care is provided by a range of providers from community health aides to peer mentors.

The HLAA Research Symposium will feature talks by three national leaders in hearing care that bring a range of expertise and perspectives to meeting the hearing care needs of Americans, from children to older adults, and beyond. It will also include a panel of community-based health care providers who are the on-the-ground experts in this field.

Symposium Chair  

Carrie Nieman, M.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery 
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine 


Carrie Nieman, M.D.:  Introduction
Susan Emmett, M.D., MPHAssociate Professor of Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences, Duke University School of Medicine
Nicole Marrone, Ph.D., CCC-A – Community Health Workers and Hearing Care at the U.S.-Mexico Border
Sarah Szanton, Ph.D. – CAPABLE Project (Community Aging in Place-Advancing Better Living for Elders)
Carrie Nieman, M.D. – HEARS Peer Educators in Action: Older Adults Serving Older Adults 

Roundtable of the New Frontline Hearing Care Providers 

This discussion will feature peer educators from HEARS (Hearing Equality through Accessible Research and Solutions), community health aides from Alaska, and community health workers from Arizona.

Exhibiting Opportunities


A state-of-the-art virtual exhibit hall that displays up to four exhibitor tiles per row for attendees to scroll and browse exhibitor and sponsor information. Each tile displays the company name, logo and a cover photo to entice attendees to click and follow to learn more about the organization. Once the attendee enters the virtual booth, they have access to a long-form description, as well as up to 5GB of promotional images, documents or links as provided by the company.

Inclusion with all tiles:

  • 1, 2 or 4 exhibitor tiles within virtual exhibit hall.
  • Link to exhibitor website and social media accounts
  • Exhibitor page includes company profile, video feeds, document uploads and live chat feature.
  • Share a video demo or host a live chat discussion in your booth.
  • Access to participant directory.
  • List of followers and members who engaged with your exhibitor booth.

Interested in exhibiting at HLAA Virtual Convention 2021? Please contact Jeryl Parade at jeryl.parade@theYGSgroup.com.

Future HLAA Conventions

2022: Tampa, Florida
June 23-25, JW Marriott Tampa

2023: New Orleans, Louisiana
June 27-July 2, New Orleans Marriott

experience hlaa banner

Thank you all who took part in our unique virtual convention Experience HLAA!. Without your support, we could not have provided you with two days of educational and informative information on hearing loss. Captioned convention webinars, presentations, and information are now available for your viewing!


Thank You

To all of our sponsors, presenters, and moderators and all of you who took part in our unique virtual convention Experience HLAA!. Without your support, we could not have provided you with two days of educational and information on hearing loss.

In addition, HLAA Convention sponsors enrich the convention experience for attendees as you highlight your brand. Let us know if you and your company would like to sponsor HLAA 2021. Please email Marilyn DiGiacobbe.