If you are attending the Convention for the first time, or for the twentieth time, we suggest planning your schedule in advance of arrival. Take some time to review the workshop schedule, list of exhibitors, and product demonstrations – you might have some tough choices to make! 

Times are subject to change – be sure to consult the final HLAA2018 Convention Program and Exhibit Guide that will be in your Registration Bag. Registration badges (sponsored by MED-EL) must be worn to attend all sessions and to visit the Exhibit Hall (free ‘Exhibit Hall Only’ passes are available at the Convention Registration Desk).

All plenary sessions, workshops and events, with the exception of West Side Story at the Guthrie Theater, will take place at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis.


See an overview of the daily schedule.

Workshop Schedule

All workshops are communication accessible with the use of CART captioning and hearing loops (sign interpreters are available by request, see the Communication Access page).

Demo Room Schedule

Here’s your chance to see exhibitors’ products in action and ask any questions you have.

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Special Workshop for State & Chapter Leaders

Learn how to Revitalize Passion through Leadership with Karen Putz

Wednesday, June 20

What does it take to lead from the heart–with a dose of passion thrown in? We are excited to announce that “Passion Mentor” Karen Putz will be presenting this year’s Leadership Workshop, Leading with Passion. Karen has been involved in non-profit leadership for 28 years, as a founder, board member, and staff. She is a certified Passion Test Facilitator and the author of Unwrapping Your Passion, Creating the Life You Truly Want. Karen works for Hands & Voices as the co-Director of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Infusion. She’s been featured on ESPN, PBS, CNN, and more.

In this interactive workshop, Karen will show how you how to tap into the energy of passion and use it as fuel to become the best possible leader you can be. You’ll learn how to identify what brings you joy and discover the three clues and seven principles to passionate leadership. When you find yourself hitting a wall as a leader, you’ll learn the power of a pivot and how you can take on a fresh perspective and blaze a new path. Be sure to enter the raffle when you arrive for a chance to win a signed copy