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Jan 20 2017 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Guest Speaker
Topic: ARE YOU A LONELY LEADER? The Role of Volunteers in Running Strong Chapters

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

As Chapter and State Organization leaders, we realize that our greatest need is for our members to actively participate in the responsibilities of running a chapter of state organization.  One person cannot run a strong HLAA affiliate, at least, not for long!   Many chapter and state leaders have shared great ideas and success stories in recruiting volunteers to keep the organization going in their newsletters, emails, and updates.  This webinar will share some of those tips, ideas, and suggestions with you.  You might even recognize yourself! While we can’t guarantee that EVERY suggestions will work for EVERY chapter EVERY time, the odds are very good that at least some of them will help increase member engagement in chapter-life. Please make your plans to join us for a 40-45 minute presentation with 15-20 minutes of time allocated to discussion.  The webinar will be captioned and it will be archived on the HLAA webinar portal for those unable to participate in real-time.

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Jan 18 2017 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Guest Speaker
Topic: Making History: The NAS Report Explained

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

Photo of Barbara Kelley, Executive Director, HLAA  
  Barbara Kelley
  Executive Director, HLAA

Photo of Lise Hamlin, Director of Public Policy, HLAA

  Lise Hamlin
  Director of Public Policy, HLAA

Photo of Brenda Battat, member of the NAS Committee on Accessible and Affordable Hearing Health Care for Adults and former HLAA executive director

  Brenda Battat
  member of the NAS Committee on Accessible and Affordable Hearing Health Care
  for Adults and former HLAA executive director

The nation turns to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) for independent, objective advice on issues that affect people’s lives worldwide. On June 2, 2016, the NAS released their historic study on Hearing Health Care for Adults: Priorities for Access and Affordability. HLAA was the only consumer-group sponsor of the study along with several federal agencies.

View NAS Recommendations

Question: Why should HLAA Chapters be ready to talk about this report and why should people with hearing loss everywhere care about it?

Hearing is a complex physiologic process and when one has hearing loss, it can have its effects on health, independence, well-being, quality of life, and daily function as well as on everyday communication.

This evidence-based study which declares hearing loss as a major health issue focuses on improving accessibility and affordability of hearing health care for adults.

Tune into the webinar to learn why this is happening now and what HLAA is doing to ensure that the recommendations of the NAS study will be moved forward. Everyone needs to learn why this is an historic time for people with hearing loss.


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

Guest Speaker
Topic: Educated Consumers Hear Better

Best practices in audiology can make a real difference to how well we hear with our hearing aids. Join founder Abram Bailey to find out what services you should expect to receive from your audiologist, and to discuss the Hearing Tracker's unique approach to identifying and highlighting the nation's best audiologists.

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

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

Video viewed on webinar: Meet Ditto -The Smallest Simplest (Most Discreet) Notification Wearable

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.