N-CHATT classroom with students and CART

What is N-CHATT?

The Network of Consumer Hearing Assistive Technology Trainers (N-CHATT) is a volunteer consumer train-the-trainer program.  The program’s goal is to build a network of consumer trainers with the knowledge and skills necessary to train others impacted by hearing loss. Trainers will assist others in the successful integration of hearing assistive technology to support individual hearing and communication needs at home, work, school, and the community.

N-CHATT training (image of coursesites login page)What comprises the N-CHATT program?

N-CHATT training includes webinars and eight online modules, each two weeks in duration. The online portion of the program is followed by an in-person two-day training session in the Washington DC metropolitan area, with presentations on training activities and hearing assistive technology topics, hands-on technology exploration, and opportunities for training practice and interactive learning. Upon successful completion of the training, individuals attend the HLAA Convention and commit to conducting at least three community-training events within one year of the start of the program.

Who are the consumer trainers?

Consumer trainers are parents of children with hearing loss and adults with hearing loss who use hearing assistive technology.  They are passionate individuals comfortable using technology and experienced making presentations. 

N-CHATT 3 people talking about technologyHow do I apply?

The application period has ended for 2018. Please visit this page in the future for next year’s application. 

Questions about the N-CHATT program should be directed to N-CHATT@hearingloss.org

The HLAA N-CHATT program is a partnership with Gallaudet University and the American Institutes for Research. It is being implemented under the Gallaudet-led Deaf/Hard of Hearing Technology Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC), which is supported by a grant (# 90RE5020) from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).