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The HLAA 2021 Convention was again reimagined as a virtual event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. HLAA Virtual Convention 2021 was held June 24-26 on a new, interactive platform. More than 700 attendees enjoyed connecting with each other, interacting via video chat with exhibitors and viewing our live sessions.

The Welcome Session kicked off the convention with keynote remarks from FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel. Workshop sessions included the future of Bluetooth® technology, updates on hearing aids, communication access in healthcare and the latest in digital inclusion technologies. There was also a fun Happy Hour with an amazing comedy set by D.J. Demers.

More than 300 people attended the 2021 Research Symposium on hearing care for all. Attendees found this topic of providing underserved communities better hearing health options very important.

The HLAA 2021 Convention schedule included:

Welcome Session

Presenter:
Jessica Rosenworcel, Acting Chairwoman, Federal Communications Commission

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

Presenters:
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

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

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

The Latest in Digital Inclusion Technologies

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

Research Symposium

Presenters:
Laura Coco, Au.D., Ph.D., 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
Jonathan J. Suen, Au.D., Ph.D. Candidate, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Cochlear Center for Hearing & Public Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Communication Access in Health Care

Presenters:
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

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