Virtual Convention 2021 HLAA

HLAA Virtual Convention 2021, June 24-26

Join us June 24-26 to learn the latest about hearing health, communication access and the technologies and strategies that help people with hearing loss live well. This three-day event includes a research symposium on Hearing Care for All, and robust workshops on advances in hearing aids, accessibility through mobile devices, hearing access in the workplace and more.

Register Today for Best Rates for HLAA Virtual Convention 2021!

  • Early-bird registration will be $35 through June 15
  • Beginning June 16, registration will be $45

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Schedule at a Glance

  • An interactive Exhibit Hall where participants can view products and chat with informed representatives.
  • Happy Hour Meet and Greet: where you will be entertained, inspired and have the chance to connect with other participants.

Thursday, June 24

Welcome Session

Learn more about what’s to come during the convention and hear from our Presenting Sponsors, CapTel and Starkey.

3 – 3:20 p.m. ET

Jessica Rosenworcel, Acting Chairwoman, Federal Communications Commission

Wireless Accessibility: Finding Mobile Devices and Features that Work for You

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. ET

Shellie Blakeney, Director of Government Affairs, Technology and Engineering Policy, T-Mobile
Ian Dillner, Associate General Counsel, Verizon Media
Robert Kubik, Senior Director, Public Policy, Samsung Electronics
Sarah Leggin, Director, Regulatory Affairs, CTIA
Linda Vandeloop, AVP External Affairs/Regulatory, AT&T

Happy Hour Meet and Greet

4:45 – 6 p.m. ET
Where you will be entertained, inspired and have the chance to connect with other participants.

Friday, June 25

Hearing Aids: Over-the-counter (OTC), Direct-to-consumer (DTC) and Connectivity

3 – 4 p.m. ET

Thomas A. Powers, Ph.D., Managing Member, Powers Consulting LLC

Exhibit Hall Open

4:15 – 5:30 p.m. ET

The Latest in Digital Inclusion Technologies

5:45 – 6:45 p.m. ET

Larry Goldberg, Senior Director and Head of Accessibility, Verizon Media 

Saturday, June 26

Research Symposium

Noon – 1:30 p.m. ET

Laura Coco, Clinical Audiologist and Research Scientist, University of Arizona
Susan Emmett, M.D., M.P.H., Tele-audiology and Hearing Care in Alaska
Carrie Nieman, M.D., Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, HEARS Peer Educators in Action: Older Adults Serving Older Adults

Exhibit Hall Open

1:45 – 3 p.m. ET

Communication Access in Health Care

3:15 – 4:15 p.m. ET

Peggy Ellertsen, Member, Management Board, Hearing Rehabilitation Foundation and Contributor, HLAA Communication Access in Health Care 
Toni Iacolucci, Contributor, HLAA Communication Access in Health Care Program and Member, Advisory Board, INTERACT Trial
Elaine McCaffrey, Chair, Communication Access in Health Care Program and Member, HLAA Board of Directors 
Margaret Wallhagen, Ph.D., Ph.D., RN/GNP-BC, Professor, University of California, San Francisco, School of Nursing 

The Promise of Next-Generation Bluetooth® LE Audio Connectivity

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. ET

Linda Kozma-Spytek, Senior Research Audiologist, Technology Access Program, Gallaudet University
Chuck Sabin, Senior Director, Market Development, Bluetooth Special Interest Group, Inc.

2021 HLAA Research Symposium

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

Saturday, June 26, 2021
Noon – 1:30 p.m. ET

HLAA Research Symposia have been held annually at HLAA Conventions since 1994. The 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).

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June 24-26, 2021

This year’s topics include wireless accessibility and your devices, what you need to know about hearing aids, the workplace and the latest in digital inclusion technologies, communication access in health care and the next generation of Bluetooth connectivity.

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Become a Sponsor or Exhibitor!

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsoring the HLAA Convention markets your organization’s products and services to professionals, HLAA Chapters and State Organizations, our members and volunteers, individuals with hearing loss, family members, caregivers, and opinion leaders who are seeking new ideas, services, support and solutions. Sponsorships provide benefits and opportunities for you to connect and engage with our extensive community.

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Contact Marilyn DiGiacobbe at

Exhibit and Sponsorship Prospectus

Exhibitor Opportunities

The state-of-the-art virtual Exhibit Hall displays up to four exhibitor tiles per row as attendees scroll to browse exhibitor and sponsor information. Each tile displays the company name, logo and a cover photo to entice attendees to click and 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. The deadline to exhibit at HLAA Virtual Convention 2021 is June 1.

Interested in exhibiting? Contact Jeryl Parade at

Exhibit and Sponsorship Prospectus

HLAA Virtual Convention 2021 Sponsors

Thank you to the HLAA Virtual Convention 2021 Sponsors.

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Future HLAA Conventions

2022: Tampa, Florida
June 23-25, JW Marriott Tampa
2023: New Orleans, Louisiana
June 27-July 2, New Orleans Marriott