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An online experience open to the world of people with hearing loss, their families and friends, hearing health care professionals, and anyone interested in hearing health.

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People who attend HLAA Conventions look for the latest in hearing technology and products and services to help them live well with hearing loss. This June, we will bring featured content from an HLAA Convention online for a positively unique experience.

Experience HLAA! is open everyone, free of charge. Content is geared toward people with hearing loss who want the latest information. All webinars are captioned. 

HLAA does not offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for participation.


Thursday, June 18

Noon-1 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Opening: Welcome to Experience HLAA!

  • Barbara Kelley, Executive Director, Hearing Loss Association of America
  • Rob Engelke, President and CapTel inventor
  • David Owen, Author, Volume Control: Hearing in a Deafening World
  • Brandon Sawalich, Chair, Board of Directors, Hearing Industries Association

2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)
The Potential for Regenerative Medicine to Restore Hearing Loss
Today, new potential treatments are being developed to provide patients a solution for hearing loss and help improve the clarity of sound by restoring the biology that enables natural hearing function. From regenerative medicines, to gene and cell therapies, emerging categories of potential medicines may introduce new treatment paradigms for physicians and patients while potentially transforming the standard of care. What could this future look like and how could it benefit patients with hearing loss?


  • Carl LeBel, Ph.D., Chief Development Officer, Frequency Therapeutics
  • Justin Golub, M.D., Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology, Columbia University
  • Christina Runge, Ph.D., Professor of Otolaryngology & Communication Sciences, Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Moderator, Carrie Nieman, M.D., Johns Hopkins Medicine, HLAA Board member

5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Workplace Gain: A Discussion on Self-Advocacy, Marketing and Navigating the Workplace with Hearing Loss
You’ve secured an interview or a great job with an exciting new team.  Now what?  Are you concerned about when or how to disclose your hearing loss, or what accommodations are available to you?  Are you nervous about fitting in with your team or proving yourself in your role? Join this panel discussion with representatives from two large employers to learn about the employer’s perspective on hearing loss in the workplace. Panel members will discuss workplace culture, disclosing hearing loss, accommodations, self-advocacy, and how to successfully navigate the workplace with hearing loss, leaving plenty of time for questions. By the end of the session you will be prepared to turn your hearing loss into a workplace gain.


  • Greg Pollock, Accessibility Officer, PNC Financial Services
  • Theodore Shomsky, Business Systems Analyst, PNC
  • Elizabeth Tsukimura, Program Manager, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, Boeing

Friday, June 19

Noon-1:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

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Research Symposium: The Latest on Tinnitus Research
Each year at HLAA Conventions we bring in professionals to speak on specific areas of hearing loss research. This year’s topic is “The Latest on Tinnitus Research.” It will feature talks by top scientists and clinicians who will tell us what tinnitus is, what causes it, what is available for treatment and management, and how researchers are thinking about treatment and prevention in the future. The Symposium is supported by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), National Institutes of Health (NIH) and sponsored by Cochlear Americas.


  • Lynn Henselman, Ph.D., U.S. Army (Retired), Senior Health Care Consultant, Pharos Group Incorporated
  • Colleen G. Le Prell, Au.D., Professor of Audiology, University of Texas at Dallas
  • Richard S. Tyler, Ph.D., Professor of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
  • Moderator, Kelly Tremblay, Ph.D., HLAA Board member, Research Symposium Program Committee

2:30-3:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Meet the Research Symposium Scientists 

The scientists will answer your questions following their presentations. 

4 p.m. -5:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Hearing Loss and the Health Care System: A Call to Action
This session will review epidemiologic data on the association of hearing loss and important health care outcomes including utilization, cost, satisfaction with care, and perception of physician-interactions. In addition, this session will cover translational implementation initiatives to address hearing loss in the inpatient setting and advocacy approaches to improve care across the United States health care system.

Presenter: Nicholas Reed, Au. D., Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University

Virtual Exhibit Hall

One of the highlights of an HLAA Convention is the Trade Show & Exhibit Hall open free to the public. With the cancellation of HLAA2020, we have made it so you can still enjoy the technology of the HLAA Exhibit Hall from the comfort of your own home. Throughout Experience HLAA you will have access to our exhibitor’s products and services with just one click!