Hearing Loss Support Specialist Training (HLSST)
The Hearing Loss Support Specialist Training (HLSST) a self-paced online course which provides core knowledge and understanding for individuals who work with, or wish to work with, people impacted by hearing loss. It is not restricted to any one profession or discipline. The program is beneficial to professionals or volunteers who provide support for people with hearing loss.
Network of Consumer Assistive Technology Trainers (N-CHATT)
N-CHATT, the Network of Consumer Hearing Assistive Technology Trainers, 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. Please see the N-CHATT Training page for more details.
HLAA Hosts Another Successful N-CHATT Training Weekend
The latest class of hearing assistive technology (HAT) trainers gathered from across the country at the HLAA national office in Bethesda, Maryland from March 31 – April 2 for the culmination of the coursework required to become an N-CHATT trainer.
N-CHATT (Network of Consumer Hearing Assistive Technology Trainers) is a volunteer 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 with hearing loss. We never cease to be amazed at how few consumers with hearing loss know and understand how they can benefit from hearing assistive technology. N-CHATT trainers throughout the country provide consumers with the information they need to help them find both technical and non-technical solutions for their hearing difficulties.
The weekend marked the end of the trainers’ intensive coursework, having spent the last eight months actively participating in our online program. They came together in Bethesda to meet for the first time and to tie all the information together. The next step for the new class is to take their new-found knowledge and skills and train people in their own communities about hearing assistive technology.
The N-CHATT program is made possible through a grant awarded to Gallaudet University from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). HLAA is a subcontractor on the N-CHATT grant with Gallaudet University’s Hearing Technology Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Improving the Accessibility, Usability, and Performance of Technology for Individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing as well as Hands & Voices and the American Institutes for Research (AIR).
If you’d like to know more about N-CHATT visit the N-CHATT Training page. There will be information about the opening of the application process for the next N-CHATT training class posted to the HLAA website and in e-News soon.
Front L-R: Lise Hamlin, HLAA; Alice Crume, VA; Dahlia Shaewitz, Facilitator – American Institutes for Research (AIR); Kay Tyberg, PA; Shelley Gladden, OK. Second row L-R: Hollace Goodman, HLAA Volunteer; Linda Kozma-Spytek, Facilitator – Gallaudet; Beth Torp, HLAA N-CHATT Assistant; Frank O’Neill, NY; Carolyn Ginsburg Stern, NJ; Katie Wright, CA; Larry Kavanaugh, FL; Ellen Perkins, MA; Beverly Zwahlen, SC; Joe Casey, IL; Alycia Busz, Facilitator - AIR; Ruth Sugar, Facilitator - AIR