Maximizing Hearing Technology for Everyday Listening Success

Hearing Assistive Technology Conference for People With Hearing Loss with Brad Ingrao, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

Sponsored by HLAA Boston and ALDA Boston

Morning  Presentation:  Maximizing Hearing Technology for Everyday Listening Success

We are fortunate enough to live in a time where a plethora of hearing technologies exists to address a wide range of types and levels of hearing loss. Too often, however, we stop at hearing aids or cochlear implants and never really utilize all the tools at our disposal. This session demystified Hearing Assistive Technology and provided a map for adapting HAT tools to  the full range of listening situations in everyday life.

Afternoon Presentation:  Music and Hearing Loss – Obstacles and Solutions

Dr. Brad Ingrao has been an audiologist for 20 years, but has been around hearing loss nearly all his life. Before earning his Bachelor’s in Education of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped and Masters of Education in Audiology from the State University of New York at New Paltz, he studied music and worked in the family business alongside his hard of hearing Uncle. During his time at New Paltz, Dr. Ingrao supported himself as a Sign Language Interpreter. This skill came in handy years later when he adopted a Deaf child, now 22.

After several years in private practice and specialty clinical services, Dr. Ingrao returned to school and earned his Au.D degree from AT Stills University.

photo of Dr. Brad IngraoDuring his career Dr. Ingrao has worked in small, family-owned practices, large specialty Ear Nose and Throat clinics, multi-national audiology software and diagnostic equipment companies and has taught at two universities. He has presented at state, national and international conferences on hearing loss, has written numerous articles in professional journals, authored a chapter in the book Making Music with a Hearing Loss: Strategies and Stories and has provided technical and anatomical illustrations for several audiology text books and resources for parents of deaf and hard of hearing children.

Dr. Ingrao served as a consultant for the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center at Gallaudet University, a regular columnist for “Hearing Loss” Magazine from the Hearing Loss Association of America, and a member of the Consumer Electronics Association R4WG19 working group on accessibility.  He is a former Member of the Board of Trustees at Hearing Loss Association of America, Florida and Member of the Board of Directors at Hearing Loss Association of Sarasota.

Dr. Ingrao currently is Supervisory Audiologist at New Mexico V.A. Health Care and resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico.