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Hearing Assistive Technology (HAT)

Two-Day Intensive Training
September 6-8, 2013
Sarasota, Florida

The Hearing Loss Association of America® (HLAA) will be conducting a two-day, hearing assistive technology (HAT) training for people with hearing loss. This is an opportunity to learn about hearing aids, cochlear implants, listening systems, alerting and signaling devices, telephone technologies as well as advocating for technology in the workplace and public places. Training will be conducted by leaders in the field of hearing assistive technology from 1:00 p.m. Friday afternoon September 6 to noon on Sunday, September 8, 2013.

The course will be provided by the Hearing Loss Association of America and the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Hearing Enhancement at Gallaudet University.

Trainees must have a basic understanding of hearing assistive technology. Trainees will serve as a local resource by helping to promote the use of hearing assistive technology to those who will benefit from its use. Training materials and instruction, hotel accommodations and meals* will be provided at no cost. An administrative fee of $50 will be required upon acceptance.

How to Apply:
The deadline to apply is Tuesday, August 13, 2013. Class size is limited.

1. Complete the application [Word Version] or [PDF Version]
2. and email to HAT@hearingloss.org.

*Meals covered: breakfast and lunch on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday.

The grant is supported by NIDRR and the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Hearing Enhancement Contract Number H133E030006.

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. Get on our mailing list 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