Virtual Convention 2021 HLAA

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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

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Research Symposium HLAA 2021

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).

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 four 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.

Laura Coco
Laura Coco, Au.D., Ph.D.

Clinical Audiologist and Research Scientist, University of Arizona

Susan Emmett, M.D., M.P.H.
Susan Emmett, M.D., M.P.H.

Associate Professor of Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences
Duke University School of Medicine 

Carrie Nieman, M.D.
Carrie Nieman, M.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, HEARS Peer Educators in Action: Older Adults Serving Older Adults


Jonathan Suen
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


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.