PROVIDENCE, RI—Members of the Hearing Loss Association of America® will learn about the dramatic increase in the availability of hearing loops in this country when they attend the opening session of HLAA’s 2012 Convention, slated for June 21 at 5 pm in Providence.
The keynote speaker will be David G. Myers, PhD, who as leader of the “Let’s Loop America” campaign has been a driving force behind the growing use of hearing loop technology. The title of his address is “Accelerating Progress Toward the Looping of America—and Doubled Hearing Instrument Functionality,”
Myers, a professor of social psychology at Hope College, in Holland, MI, and a longtime heading aid user, noted recently, “The accelerating movement to make listening assistance directly hearing aid compatible—thanks to hearing advocates across the country, major media visibility, and growing support from audio contractors and hearing professionals—is so exciting. With installations ranging from home TV rooms, to New York City’s subways booths and future taxis, to places of worship and auditoriums nationwide, more and more people are appreciating that hearing aids can also serve as convenient wireless loudspeakers that deliver customized sound.”
The opening session will be one of many attractions at the 29th annual national convention of HLAA, which was founded in 1979 by the late Howard “Rocky” Stone as Self Help for Hard-of-Hearing People (SHHH). During the meeting, which runs from June 20 to 24, attendees will be able to enjoy a multitude of educational programs, social events, and an exhibit hall filled with cutting-edge technology and services for people with hearing loss.
On June 22 from 9 to noon, researchers from Johns Hopkins University will present a symposium, “How the Brain Makes Sense of the World of Sound.” Speakers will include Charles Limb, M.D., associate professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, who will moderate; Amanda Lauer, PhD; Brad May, PhD; and Frank Lin, MD, PhD.
More information on Convention 2012 can be found online. HLAA is America’s largest organization representing people with hearing loss.