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What is Hearing Assistive Technology Training?

Hearing Assistive Technology (HAT) Training is a hands-on, weekend training session covering hearing aids, cochlear implants, assistive listening systems, alerting and signaling devices, and telephone technologies The training also includes instruction on how to advocate for technology in the workplace and public places. Training is conducted by experts in the field of assistive technology.

For whom?

The training is for adults interested in learning more about HAT and willing to teach others about HAT.
While no experience with hearing assistive technology is required, successful trainees typically have a basic knowledge of electronic devices and moderate computer skills. If you have the desire to be the go-to person in your HLAA Chapter or community and want to learn more on the topic, this training could be for you.

How much?

There is minimal cost to participants. The training is funded by a grant to the Rehabilitation Engineering Resource Center from the U.S. Department of Education (NIDRR grant number H133E030006). There is no charge for the training and most meals are provided at no cost. Trainees must cover the cost of traveling to and from the training site. Typically, the training is held yearly at various locations across the country. We also cover hotel accommodations for out-of-town participants.


Because we want you to share what you learn with people in your community. In return, you must volunteer to be a resource for people with hearing loss by working with local HLAA Chapters, civic organizations, schools, libraries, etc. Trainees must sign an agreement to conduct a minimum of three outreach activities within one year of the training.


There is an application process, so check back periodically for an announcement for the current HAT training. Sign-up for the HLAA e-News to make sure you don’t miss it! Here’s where we’ve held some of the past HAT training sessions:

  • 2013 – Sarasota, FL
  • 2012 - Denver, CO
  • 2011 - Washington, DC
  • 2010 - Iowa City, IA
  • 2009 - San Diego, CA
  • 2007 - Storrs, CT
  • 2006 - Gainesville, Fl
  • 2002 - Portland, OR