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Erin Mirante

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Erin Mirante graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.A in Sociology in 2016. She was part of the HLAA family from November 2016 to February 2019, serving chapters...Erin Mirante graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.A in Sociology in 2016. She was part of the HLAA family from November 2016 to February 2019, serving chapters and state organizations nationwide. Her favorite part of the job was being able to work so closely with HLAA’s many wonderful volunteers! Erin resides in Gaithersburg, Maryland and in her spare time enjoys baking, hiking, and spending time with family... Read More >

Esther Kelly

Hearing Loss Resource Specialist, Texas Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
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Author and award winning speaker, Esther Kelly, has developed and implemented numerous programs designed to meet the unique needs of her clients, presenting her acclaimed “Hearing Loss in Action –...Author and award winning speaker, Esther Kelly, has developed and implemented numerous programs designed to meet the unique needs of her clients, presenting her acclaimed “Hearing Loss in Action – Beyond Methodology” to countless groups, organizations and community colleges. Ms. Kelly has given many workshops at Hearing Loss Association of America National Conventions. Among her books, videos and DVDs are, “A Sign Signals Manual”,  and her award winning video, “You... Read More >

Gael Hannan

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Gael Hannan is a writer, actor and public speaker who grew up with a progressive hearing loss that is now severe-to-profound. She runs the Hearing Foundation of Canada’s award-winning Sound Sense...Gael Hannan is a writer, actor and public speaker who grew up with a progressive hearing loss that is now severe-to-profound. She runs the Hearing Foundation of Canada’s award-winning Sound Sense hearing awareness program for elementary students across Canada. As a passionate advocate for people with hearing loss, her work includes speechreading instruction, hearing awareness workshops for youth and adults, and sensitivity training for corporations and community groups.  Gael is a... Read More >

Geoff Plant

Founder and Executive Director, Hearing Rehabilitation Foundation (HRF)
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Geoff Plant has worked as a therapist with adults with hearing loss since 1974, first in his native Australia, and since 1993, in the U.S. He was originally trained as...Geoff Plant has worked as a therapist with adults with hearing loss since 1974, first in his native Australia, and since 1993, in the U.S. He was originally trained as a teacher of the deaf and on occasions still works on the development of speech and listening skills with children with hearing loss. He founded the Hearing Rehabilitation Foundation (HRF) in 1996, a nonprofit dedicated to providing and promoting speech... Read More >

Glenn Schweitzer

Entrpreneur, blogger, author, "Rewiring Tinnitus" and "Mind over Meniere's"
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Glenn Schweitzer is an entrepreneur, blogger, and the author of Rewiring Tinnitus and Mind over Meniere’s. He is passionate about helping others who suffer from tinnitus and vestibular disorders, and volunteers as an Ambassador Board Member...Glenn Schweitzer is an entrepreneur, blogger, and the author of Rewiring Tinnitus and Mind over Meniere’s. He is passionate about helping others who suffer from tinnitus and vestibular disorders, and volunteers as an Ambassador Board Member for the Vestibular Disorders Association (VEDA). Through his blogs, he continues raise awareness for tinnitus, Meniere’s disease, and other vestibular disorders, spreading his message of hope to those in need. Read More >

Jaime Vernon

Executive Director & Founder, Songs for Sound, Inc.
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Jaime Vernon is the founder and executive director of Songs for Sound, a 501c3 charity founded on a heartwarming story and a passionate objective: to provide awareness of hearing loss solutions,...Jaime Vernon is the founder and executive director of Songs for Sound, a 501c3 charity founded on a heartwarming story and a passionate objective: to provide awareness of hearing loss solutions, access to hearing loss testing and devices and encourage action for those suffering from hearing loss and deafness. Songs for Sound aims to provide everyone with an opportunity to live a mainstream life full of sound and language, and of... Read More >

Jessica Toews

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Jess Toews says she’s just an ordinary lady. An ordinary lady with an amazing story. Jess was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (commonly referred to as NF2) in 2009. Over...Jess Toews says she’s just an ordinary lady. An ordinary lady with an amazing story. Jess was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (commonly referred to as NF2) in 2009. Over the last 9 years, Jess has been through many medical obstacles including deafness. In 2017, she became a recipient of both a cochlear implant and an auditory brainstem implant (ABI). The Toews family is very active in their church, local schools,... Read More >

Juliëtte Sterkens

Hearing Loop Advocate, HLAA
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Juliëtte Sterkens took a leave from her audiology practice to take on the position of Hearing Loop Advocate for HLAA, traveling across the country to meet with HLAA Chapters and audiologists...Juliëtte Sterkens took a leave from her audiology practice to take on the position of Hearing Loop Advocate for HLAA, traveling across the country to meet with HLAA Chapters and audiologists about the importance of telecoils and how to get a hearing loop project started in their community. Read More >

Kathleen Cienkowski, Ph.D.

Associate Professor & Program Director of Audiology, University of Connecticut
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Kathleen M. Cienkowski, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Program Director of Audiology at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Cienkowski studies speech perception for listeners with hearing loss with an...Kathleen M. Cienkowski, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Program Director of Audiology at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Cienkowski studies speech perception for listeners with hearing loss with an emphasis on aging adults and their use of hearing aids to improve speech understanding. She currently is investigating the benefits of aural rehabilitation (AR) among adults with acquired hearing loss. Her work has been funded by National Institutes of Health... Read More >

Krista Heavner, MS, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert AVT

Cochlear Implant Consumer Specialist, Southeast Region, Advanced Bionics
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Krista Heavner, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert AVT, is a Cochlear Implant Consumer Specialist for Advanced Bionics, providing support and education for cochlear implant candidates, recipients and professionals in the southeast...Krista Heavner, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert AVT, is a Cochlear Implant Consumer Specialist for Advanced Bionics, providing support and education for cochlear implant candidates, recipients and professionals in the southeast part of the U.S. Prior to this position, Krista was a consultant for children with hearing loss with the Division of Exceptional Children, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She has experience both in the educational and clinical settings teaching... Read More >