All Things Cochlea(r) – A Zoom Panel Presentation About Cochlear Implants

February 27th, 4:00 – 6:00 pm.
The HearatBoston Zoom presentation will feature:
  • Guest speakers from all three cochlear implant (CI) companies: Advanced Bionics, Cochlear, and Med-El,
  • Dr. Daniel Lee, CI surgeon from Mass Eye and Ear,
  • Eva Bero, Audiologist, Dir. of Audiology at Lahey Medical ,
  • A panel of CI users to answer your questions.
Bring your questions and a cup of tea (or whatever you desire).  Captions will be provided on the Zoom site.
For more information and to the request the link to the Zoom meeting
please mail
See you soon.
Sue, Liz, Carol and Barbara
HLAA Boston Chapter Board

Cochlear Implant Experiences and Best Practice Tips – Feb. 2, 2021

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Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Time: 10 a.m. EST (Eastern Time), 7 a.m. PST (Pacific Time), 4 p.m. CEST (Central European Time), 9 p.m. ICT (Indochina Time), 10 p.m. PHST (Philippines Time)
Duration: 90 minutes

Cochlear implant devices are small, complex devices that can help provide a sense of sound to the user. Around more than 40 years, the technology is in use in many parts of the world. In this session, users and professionals will share their knowledge and experience with cochlear implants for adults as well as offer best practice tips.


  • Lise Hamlin, director of public policy, Hearing Loss Association of America
  • Darja Pajk, representative of the European Federation of Hard of Hearing People, Consumer and Professional Advocacy Committee
  • Naama Tsach, Ph.D., speech-language pathologist and educational audiologist
  • Joanna Chio, graphic designer and cochlear implant user
  • Ruth Warick Ph.D., president of the International Federation of Hard of Hearing People (IFHOH)

The session will be moderated by Avi Blau, vice-president of IFHOH.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Realtime captioning will be provided.

Webinar on Health Care, Hearing Loss Communication Challenges – Sept. 30, 2020

Center for Hearing and Communication logoJoin CHC September 30th for “Health Care, Hearing Loss and Communication Challenges: Taking Charge in 2020 and Beyond” – a dynamic discussion about our changing health care system and how to navigate it with a hearing loss. We will include perspective and guidance from patients and a physician who uses two cochlear implants.

Learn insider tips and strategies to access effective communication during your virtual and in-person appointments, including what to say and do when things don’t go well or as planned. This program will cover a range of accessibility tools, technology and smartphone apps and will detail real-world scenarios you can use in different situations to optimize your health care experience. Discussion followed by Q&A.

Real-time captioning and ASL interpreter provided.

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Are You Ready? Emergency Preparedness for People with Hearing Loss

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with Lise Hamlin, Director of Public Policy, HLAA and Scott D. Smith, CEP, PFT, Captain/Paramedic

Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Time: 8 PM – 9 PM ET


Most people don’t think about preparing for emergencies until it’s too late. That’s not good for anyone but could be disastrous for someone with a hearing loss. This webinar will bring you the latest on emergency access, how you can prepare and what government and industry are working on to make the technologies we use every day more helpful in emergencies.

photo of Scott SmithFor 20 years, Scott Smith has worked as an EMS for Rincon Valley Fire District in Arizona, as an EMT instructor for Coconino County Community College, and as a Captain and Paramedic in Flagstaff, Arizona. Scott also has a degree as an electronics engineer, developing software for court reporting and captioning industries. Scott, working with his wife, Deanna Baker, provides assistance to the many CART reporters at the annual Convention of the Hearing Loss Association of America, ensuring the audiovisuals seamlessly link to the CART and captioning throughout the convention. He also helps troubleshoot problems with the many assistive listening devices throughout the Convention site.

Lisa HamlinLise Hamlin joined the Hearing Loss Association of America’s (HLAA) national staff as director of public policy in April 2008. Lise, who has a hearing loss herself, has worked as an advocate for people with hearing loss for over 20 years. She currently represents HLAA on federal advisory committees, industry advisory groups, and consumer coalitions. She has also taken part in developing, maintaining and presenting training programs on hearing assistive technology and on emergency preparedness. Lise receives emails and calls daily from consumers with hearing loss who experience barriers to hearing health care, employment, technology, access to public places and telecommunications access. She works directly with consumers to help overcome those barriers.

Attracting and Keeping Younger Adults

Webinar: “Attracting and Keeping Younger Adults”

When: Febuary 17, 2017 – 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM


Valerie Stafford-Mallis, Director of Chapter Development
Valerie Stafford-Mallis,
Director of Chapter Development

A recurring question HLAA chapter and state organization leaders ask is, “How can we get young people to come to our meetings? If we are able to get them in the door, they seem to come once or twice and then they don’t come back.”

It’s reasonable to assume that people decide to come to HLAA meetings because they are looking for something. Believe it or not, even in the age of ready availability of hearing loss information on the internet, not everything active young adults need in order to live well with their hearing loss can be found online.

In this webinar Valerie will share insights HLAA has learned from young adults with hearing loss about what they need. The webinar will offer suggestions about where to find active young adults with hearing loss, how to help them, and program ideas to get them to come back.  While we can’t guarantee that EVERY suggestion will work for EVERY chapter EVERY time, the odds are very good that at least some of them will help increase young adult participation  in chapter activities. 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.