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Nov 2 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Guest Speaker
Topic: 1 - Ditto: Come Learn About the “Anti-Gadget”

Product/Service Showcase Webinar - Ditto is something to free people from worrying about their smartphones and to be more present in life. Ditto is tiny and elegant. No buttons, switches, lights displays, or cables. See more at

As with all Product/Service Showcase webinars, products and/or services presented are in no way to be construed as an endorsement by HLAA.


Oct 19 2016 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Guest Speaker
Topic: Hidden Heroes: The Importance of Caregivers to the Health and Well-being of the Veteran

This webinar is also available for playback using the Blackboard Collaborate Launcher.

We envision an America where military caregivers are empowered, appreciated, and recognized for their service to our nation.

When it comes to the health and well-being of veterans and service members, one of the most underutilized forms of support is their caregiver. Caregivers manage medication and appointments, assist with activities of daily living, provide physical and emotional support, and advocate for their proper care and treatment. They are often the first to notice changes in the health of their care recipient (for example, changes in hearing ability), and can provide valuable insight to the service provider about the day-to-day condition of the veteran or service member. When caregivers are involved, veterans play a more active role in their own health care.

Laurel Rodewald, programs manager for the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, will present on the importance of caregiver education and how service providers can integrate caregivers into the health care plan of the veteran or service member. She will also discuss the efforts of the Foundation to empower and advocate for military caregivers on the national and community level through the recently launched Hidden Heroes Campaign. For more information on how you can take part, please visit

Sep 21 2016 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Guest Speaker
Topic: The Patient’s Guide to Tinnitus: 2016

Audiologists and other health professionals evaluate and manage tinnitus daily and can provide effective and useful management for up to 90% of all tinnitus patients. Although for some people with unrelenting tinnitus, it may be a chronic and disabling condition. Taming tinnitus begins with a complete history and audiologic evaluation, and may involve multiple health care professionals – depending on the findings. In this webinar, we’ll detail the types of tests which are useful to diagnose and manage the tinnitus patients (audiometric tests as well as questionnaires, medical consultations, radiographic studies and more), tinnitus classifications (subjective versus objective findings), treatments (medical, audiologic, psychological and more) and the vast multitude of wallet-biopsies, scams, snake-oil and “take the money and run” approaches found in newspapers, airline magazines, food stores and pharmacies. 

There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the presentation.

Sep 1 2016 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Guest Speaker
Topic: Walk Through of the Leaders Support Section on the HLAA Website

State and Chapter Leaders Webinar - Attention Chapter leaders…do you have questions? HLAA has answers on the Leader Support page of its website.  In this webinar, we are going to take a real-time walk through of the Leaders Support section on the HLAA websiteJoin us and learn where you can find answers, templates, and other helpful resources to help you do your job as an HLAA Chapter and State Association leader.  We will be exploring the following Leader Support pages:

  • Annual Requirements
  • Leader Training
  • Start A Chapter
  • Unified Membership
  • Run A Strong Chapter
  • Legal/Governance
  • Financial
  • Publicity/Promotion
  • Outreach/Service
  • Meetings
  • Members/Leaders
  • Coordinators
  • State Organizations
  • Additional Resources

Please join us for an interesting and informative webinar about the topics you deal with on the ground.

Aug 17 2016 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Guest Speaker
Topic: Wait – There’s a Student with Hearing Loss Coming into My Class?

This webinar is also available for playback using the Blackboard Collaborate Launcher.

Children with hearing loss often do not have a professional in their school who understand hearing loss. If you are a teacher/speech pathologist with a new student with hearing loss, this webinar will address the issues that will be important for you to understand to allow your student to access communication and learning. Parents – please join us (you may learn something new), and share this webinar with your child’s teacher!

This is in the order that the videos were presented in the webinar:

Slide #9 – Flintstones hearing loss demonstration     
40 seconds

Slide #11 – Charlie Brown’s teacher         
7 seconds

Slide #21 – Segment of Bad Lipreading Star Wars edition     
36 seconds               

Slide #35 – section of VT Center for the Deaf and HOH  (this is open captioned)     
1 minute

Jul 20 2016 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Guest Speaker
Topic: Auditory Training: Improving Speech Perception

This webinar is also available for playback using the Blackboard Collaborate Launcher.

This presentation will focus on the importance of auditory training for people who use hearing aids and/or cochlear implants so they may obtain optimal performance. The importance of long-term auditory training will also be discussed.  

Geoff Plant is the president of the Hearing Rehabilitation Foundation (HRF), a registered not-for-profit established in 1996 to provide and promote speech communication training for children and adults with hearing loss. It acts as a test and training resource for people with hearing loss, their families, and professionals working in related fields. Training is provided on a 1:1 basis, and focuses on improving the ability of people with hearing loss to understand speech in realistic situations. The HRF has published a number of test and training resources that are used extensively throughout the world, and several of these resources have been translated into other languages. The HRF also works towards improving the musical experiences of adults and children with cochlear implants. Additionally, the HRF provides professional training for therapists and teachers working with children and/or adults with hearing loss.

Jun 15 2016 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Guest Speaker
Topic: All Things Convention

(Note: The above link replays the webinar in YouTube. The audio is captioned but you will need to follow along with the HLAA Convention 2016 Program and Exhibit Guide opened on your end separately.)

This webinar is also available for playback using the Blackboard Collaborate Launcher. (Note: using this option allows you to view the webinar without having to open the HLAA Convention 2016 Program and Exhibit Guide  separately.) 

Joan will review the HLAA Convention 2016 Program and Exhibit Guide and highlight cool Convention events. Don’t miss this opportunity to ask questions of this avid convention attendee. 

May 18 2016 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Guest Speaker
Topic: Let's #captiontheworld

Link to video featured in this webinar: Don't Leave Me Out!
This webinar is also available for playback using the Blackboard Collaborate Launcher.

Lauren will introduce the organization called the "Collaborative for Communication Access via Captioning" or as many know it now, the CCAC, a non-profit registered in the U.S. with many global participants.

Not a hearing loss nor deaf organization per se, the CCAC attracts many people with hearing loss, as well as many interested in education, literacy, languages, disabilities, technologies, and accessibility. She will address some of the pros and cons of an all-volunteer group, and the challenges of continuing captioning activism.

Mention will be made of an exciting first captioning conference as well as some information about the new IFHOH survey about captioning. Time for questions about advocacy will be welcome.

Many CCAC members also belong to long-established and important groups such as HLAA, ALDA, IFHOH, and more. Together, CCAC says, “Let's #captiontheworld.”

Apr 20 2016 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Topic: Successful Management of Hearing Loss Depends on Patient-centered Care

The patient has always been the central element in hearing health care. In the past, the dialogue between the patient and the provider regarding communication strategies and options was often the only treatment, especially when technology was limited. However, with rapid advances in hearing aids and cochlear implants, the model of care shifted away from patient-centered care to a medical model approach whereby the provider “prescribed devices” and did little else. Patients were viewed as a “hearing loss” rather than as individuals and were alienated from the decision making process. This presentation will focus on how to put the “patient” back at the center of patient centeredness with an emphasis on the empowering the patient to become actively involved in determining the management strategy most consistent with their preferences and values.

Mar 16 2016 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Topic: Nurturing Resilience In the Face of Hearing Loss

This presentation will describe several psychosocial challenges with hearing loss and methods of nurturing one’s resilience. These include managing traumatic influences, helplessness, anxiety and fear, anger and rage, self-esteem, and reconciling one's group identity. Methods of overcoming "internalized handicaps" will be explained.  Persons with hearing loss too frequently accept a wide array of self-depreciatory beliefs as self-evident truths which are beyond scrutiny.