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February 22, 2019

Join Us in the Most Hearing-Friendly City in the Country

There are so many reasons to come to the HLAA2019 Convention in Rochester, New York. At the Convention you will meet other people with hearing loss, see the latest technology for people with hearing loss and learn in the most communication accessible environment you’ll find anywhere. And when you wander outside the Convention you will quickly discover the beauty and history of Rochester. Rochester is filled with museums, attractions, music, theater, festivals, sports and more.

But what makes Rochester extra special is that it is also the most hearing-friendly city in the country.* So when you come to Rochester, you won’t just be in a hearing-friendly Convention, you’ll be in a hearing-friendly city! Learn more about this beautiful city.

For more information on the HLAA2019 Convention go to hearingloss.org/programs-events/convention.

*According to an analysis of U.S. Census data by the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID).

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Early-bird Registration Deadline Is Next Week!
The HLAA2019 Convention early-bird deadline of March 1 is fast approaching, so don’t miss your chance to receive a discounted registration. This year, we have made registration quicker and easier than ever through the CrowdRise platform!

HLAA State Organization and Chapter Leaders, Veterans, and Speakers: Please register offline by downloading your corresponding form and sending it via mail, email, or fax to HLAA. You can find the forms with further instructions on how to submit them on the registration page of the HLAA website. For information on hotels and travel in Rochester please go here.

Workshop Schedule Available Online
This year we are lucky to have some amazing workshops where we will dive into topics such as advocacy, hearing assistive technology, genetics and lifestyle. There will also be a special track dedicated to our State and Chapter leaders. Every workshop room will be fully accessible with hearing loops and CART. Sign language interpreters are also available by request. If you are interested please email convention@hearingloss.org by May 31, 2019. See the workshop schedule.

Research Symposium: The Latest on Genetics and Hearing Loss
Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from world-renowned geneticists who will present the latest research on hearing loss that occurs later in life, and what can be done for families who have inherited the gene. In a rapidly moving field, much has been accomplished since the last symposium on genetics in 1999. We are so excited to have the following researchers present at the Research Symposium:
  • Thomas Friedman, Ph.D., NIDCD (moderator)
  • Richard Smith, M.D., University of Iowa
  • Zheng-Yi Chen, Ph.D., Mass. Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School
  • Patricia White, Ph.D., University of Rochester School of Medicine.
And of course, the Research Symposium is fully accessible, with hearing loops, CART and sign language interpreters available.

The Latest on Genetics and Hearing Loss is being supported by a grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) and is sponsored by Cochlear Americas.

Cheers to 40 Years! HLAA Anniversary Celebration and Awards Gala
In 2019 we celebrate the 40th anniversary of HLAA! We will be celebrating in style on Saturday, June 22 at 7 p.m. Come wearing your best party attire, this is an event you don’t want to miss! You can purchase a ticket for this spectacular event for $75 when you register for the Convention. We hope to see you there!

Call for Musical Performers
Do you sing or play a musical instrument? The Association of Adult Musicians with Hearing Loss (AAMHL) is hosting a musical open-mic event during the Convention on June 19 at 9:00 p.m., after the State and Chapter Awards Reception & Ceremony. If you are interested in sharing your talent with fellow musicians with hearing loss and an appreciative audience, please join us and submit an entry for our call for performers. You can find the call for entry at bit.ly/hlaa2019openmic.

For more information on the HLAA2019 Convention visit hearingloss.org/programs-events/convention.

New Online Forum for People with Hearing Loss
HLAA has teamed up with the Ida Institute and Mayo Clinic to offer a Hearing Loss group on Mayo Connect, an online forum where you can meet people living with hearing loss and supporters. Ask questions, share your story, or just say hello. To learn more and to join the group visit hearingloss.org/forums-mayo-clinic-connect.

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