Bethesda, MD: Consumers with hearing loss as well as their family and the professionals who work with them are invited to Convention 2014 scheduled for June 26 – 29 at the Renaissance Austin. The event is the largest communication-accessible educational program and trade show for people with hearing loss in the country.
The Live Music Capital of the World® to Welcome Hearing Loss Association of America’s (HLAA) Convention 2014 at the Renaissance Austin
Convention 2014 is the first annual event for Anna Gilmore Hall who became the executive director in July 2013. In a pre-Convention statement, she said, “If you have hearing loss, or know someone who does, this is the event for you. This is a unique opportunity to see products and services and to learn how to live successfully with hearing loss.”
Highlights of the event include:
Music composer Richard Einhorn to deliver keynote address, A Life in Music After Hearing Loss at the Opening Session
Technology Symposium, Emerging Technology for People with Hearing Loss moderated by the Consumer Electronics Association Foundation (CEA Foundation) with presentations by member companies: Aftershokz, Etymotic Research, Panasonic USA and LG Electronics
Educational workshops on relevant topics such as hearing technology, relationships, communication, and employment issues; a special panel of veterans with hearing loss will take place on Saturday, June 28: Heroes with Hearing Loss – A Conversation with Veterans is sponsored by Hamilton CapTel
Exhibit Hall full of the latest technology and services; complimentary Exhibit Hall passes are available for attendees and media
Mobile Convention App sponsored by CTIA–The Wireless Association®
Get Acquainted Party on opening night sponsored by CaptionCall
Off-site event to the historic Scholz Bier Garten for BBQ and swing dancing sponsored by Sprint CapTel
Fiesta Saturday evening banquet with entertainment: comedienne Gael Hannan followed by music by Kenny Luna; sponsored by Contacta
Awards Breakfast and Ceremony honoring volunteers across the country; sponsored by CapTel Captioned Telephone
Complimentary registration for veterans attending for the first time
Southwest Airlines, official Convention airline with discounted fares and bonus Rapid Rewards miles
Additional sponsors include Advanced Bionics, AT&T, Cochlear Americas, CTIA–The Wireless Association®, Delta Air Lines, hi HealthInnovations, IBM, IntriCon, Listen Technologies, MED-EL, Oticon, T-Mobile and Williams Sound.
Advanced registration is open through May 31 after which registrations are welcome on-site at the Renaissance Austin located at 9721 Arboretum Boulevard, Austin, Texas. Visit the Convention page to find registration information, schedule-at-a-glance, workshop descriptions and more.