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Gael Hannan

Gael Hannan

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 >

Holly Cohen

Holly Cohen

Holly Cohen is a hearing health advocate and speaker who was diagnosed with a bilateral hearing loss in her 20’s. Building on her experiences as Past President of the Hearing...Holly Cohen is a hearing health advocate and speaker who was diagnosed with a bilateral hearing loss in her 20’s. Building on her experiences as Past President of the Hearing Loss Association of America – New York City Chapter (HLAA-NYC), CEO of a small business, and over 25 years as a career coach, Holly is committed to empowering others to advocate for their hearing needs. She serves on the Boards... 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 >

John Herrion

J.D., Attorney and Director of Disability Rights, New York State Division of Human Rights.

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John Waldo

J.D., Attorney

John Waldo, J.D., Attorney whose practice focuses on improving access to public life for people with hearing loss, an emphasis that combines his 30-plus years of legal practice with his...John Waldo, J.D., Attorney whose practice focuses on improving access to public life for people with hearing loss, an emphasis that combines his 30-plus years of legal practice with his own life experience with hearing loss. Read More >

Jon Gray

Business Manager, CaptionMate
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As Business Manager for CaptionMate Jon is involved with the company’s product development, sales and strategy. With over 17 years of experience developing products for individuals with hearing loss, Jon previously served...As Business Manager for CaptionMate Jon is involved with the company’s product development, sales and strategy. With over 17 years of experience developing products for individuals with hearing loss, Jon previously served as CSO for Bellman & Symfon where he set up North American operations for the Swedish based company. For the eight years prior Jon served as Director of Sales for Clarity Products LLC and Sr. Product Manager for Plantronics where he successfully... 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 >