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May 20 2015 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Guest Speaker
Topic: Gaining Greater Access for People with Hearing Loss

HLAA is dedicated to gaining greater access for people with hearing loss. Our webinar will take a look at: 

  • HLAA’s public policy agenda and how your local advocacy can dovetail with our work on the national level;
  • HLAA’s new policy statements;
  • Recently introduced federal legislation we support that provides Medicare coverage of hearing aids and another that provides tax credits for hearing aids;
  • HLAA’s support for affordable and accessible hearing health care;
  • HLAAs work in looping in public places; and
  • Our collaboration with other organizations for movie captioning

Join Lise Hamlin to learn what we are doing and how we can work together to advocate effectively for people with hearing loss.

Apr 15 2015 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Guest Speaker
Topic: Reshaping Antibiotics to Prevent Hearing Loss

NOTE: Drs. were sharing their PowerPoint on their desktop. To watch webinar, viewer needs to open the PowerPoint presentation slideshow [PPSX].

Aminoglycoside antibiotics are the most commonly used antibiotic worldwide due to their proven effectiveness and low cost. They are often used in newborns suspected to have infection, and also in adults with sepsis and pneumonia. However, up to 60% of patients treated with these drugs experience some degree of hearing loss. This hearing loss is a result of the drug entering and damaging the inner ear hair cells, which do not regenerate and are essential to the hearing process.

Drs. Cheng and Ricci will discuss their research to create a safer version of this lifesaving drug, which would retain its effectiveness without causing permanent damage to the hearing mechanism.

Dr. Ricci is moving toward more applied research and Dr. Alan Cheng is seeking to solve the problem of aminoglycoside antibiotic ototoxicity. In 2011, Drs. Cheng and Ricci published an initial paper in PLOS ONE, which showed that AGs enter the inner ear sensory cells via a mechanically-gated ion channel, novel to the sensory hair cells, which is responsible for converting sound waves into electrical signals. This and present work opposed previous theories suggesting that AGs entered sensory cells via a transport molecule. In their most recent collaborative paper they showed that they were able to temporarily disrupt the tip-links in cultured hair cells, and therefore protect them from damage by aminoglycosides.  This is important work toward understanding and creating safer drugs which maintain their efficiency. They have also developed their first series of new compounds and are testing ototoxicity and antimicrobial activity. The goal is to provide a modified class of antibiotics that will no longer lead to hearing loss.

Mar 18 2015 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Guest Speaker
Topic: Four Agreements for People with Hearing Loss

Are you embarrassed about your hearing loss and hate to be associated with those negative stereotypes you believe are associated with it?

  • Do you try to hide your hearing aids or get the smallest ones so people can’t see them?
  • Do you avoid telling people you have a hearing loss for fear that they’ll judge you negatively?
  • Do you fake hearing rather than telling people you have a hearing loss and how to talk to you so you can hear them best?
  • Are you afraid that if you tell people at work that you have a hearing loss that you’ll lose your job?

If the answer is “yes” to any of these questions, it can be very painful – I know, I’ve been there. But, our lives define us, not our hearing loss” and we KNOW it. So it’s time to let go of those negative stereotypes.

Join our webinar on the Four Agreements for People with Hearing Loss loosely based on the popular book, The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.

Feb 18 2015 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Guest Speaker
Topic: 5 Keys to Communication Success

Communication is our way, as human beings, of connecting with each other and with the world around us. Hearing is just one piece of the communication puzzle. Hearing aids, cochlear implants, and assistive listening devices do a wonderful job of helping people to hear. But better hearing will not facilitate better communication unless the other pieces of the puzzle are put into place. The 5 Keys to Communication Success is a simple and fun way to learn and practice strategies that target all pieces of the communication puzzle.

Jan 21 2015 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Topic: MFi (Made for iPhone) and Telecoil Technology: A Winning Team

Please join HLAA Hearing Loop Advocate Juliëtte Sterkens, Au.D. for an informative session on Made For iPhone (MFi), Bluetooth and Telecoil Wireless Technology. Learn where and when each technology can help you hear with hearing devices you already own. Looking to replace your instruments in the near future? Attend this webinar to learn what questions to ask of your hearing provider regarding wireless technology.

Dec 17 2014 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Guest Speaker
Topic: Improve Your Next Hearing Aid Experience with Hearing Tracker

Launched in March 2014, has rapidly grown to become an important online resource for consumers with hearing loss. boasts America’s most comprehensive directory of hearing health care providers, including details on each provider’s educational background, qualifications, provided services, and consumer reviews. also hosts a large collection of hearing aid model listings and authenticated hearing aid reviews. Consumers may browse and compare hearing aid models, and locate nearby suppliers. Please join Hearing Tracker founder and President, Abram Bailey, Au.D., for a personalized tour of’s features. Learn what to look for in a provider, what hearing aid features matter, and how to improve your next hearing aid experience.

Nov 19 2014 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Guest Speaker
Topic: A Tale of Two Ears
Dr. Jackler will provide a broad overview of the state-of-the-art in the bioscience and technology of hearing loss with an emphasis upon emerging new methods of treatment and promising lines of research which may lead to new cures.

Oct 15 2014 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Topic: Untreated Hearing Loss: Effects on Physical, Cognitive, and Social Well Being

This webinar highlights detrimental effects of untreated hearing loss. Topics include an overview on why hearing loss is often left untreated, and how ignoring your loss can increase your risk for auditory deprivation, depression, isolation, and dementia.

Sep 17 2014 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Guest Speaker
Topic: Federal Relay Services and Solutions for Functional Equivalency in the Workplace

Sprint’s Federal Relay Service (FRS) is designed to provide functional equivalency in telecommunications to deaf, hard of hearing, and speech disabled federal government employees, or to the general public for access to contact Federal agencies.

The benefit of using Federal Relay lies in the fact that it provides telecommunication tools for those who work for the federal government to communicate with ease. In fact, Federal Relay offers six different total solutions to meet the varying preferences of those who need support using the telephone, which allows efficiency and equality in the workplace. This includes IP relay, Captioned Telephone, Relay Conference Captioning, Video Relay solutions, and traditional TTY and Speech-to-Speech. Some of these solutions may work well in other business environments as well. 

Today, Federal Relay is part of Sprint’s contract with the General Services Administration (GSA) and thus FRS is the only authorized GSA Federal Relay provider. In order to begin utilizing services, an agency must first provide Sprint with a task order form, which obligates a certain amount of funding to the agency to pay for the use of the service. We work with over 100 different agencies on supplying Federal Relay Services, and our team is more than happy to provide you with information on your agency’s eligibility of using the services – tune in to the webinar to learn more.

Jul 16 2014 - 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Guest Speaker
Topic: Master Your Emotional Intelligence

Brenda’s focus is on mastering progressive communication skills that lead to extraordinary relationships. She will introduce you to the Energy Leadership Self-Mastery Program which promotes an introspective and creative process that inspires you to maximize your personal and professional potential. During her dynamic experiential and educational presentation you will learn to:

  • Catapult your energy and increase your performance
  • Inspire and motivate those around you
  • Feel a greater sense of purpose
  • Get more done in less time
  • Reduce stress and become more engaged

This Self-Mastery process will help you transform yourself and your world from the very core, creating more happiness and success with less stress…and that’s really just where your journey begins.