Convention 2010 - June 17-20 at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center

The Hearing Loss Association of America® would like to invite you to Milwaukee, Wisconsin for Convention 2010, June 17 - 20, at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center and adjoining Midwest Airlines Center. Located on beautiful Lake Michigan, Milwaukee offers a multitude of attractions: from the Milwaukee Brewers team to the many museums, mansions, breweries, and gardens, there is something for every age and interest to experience. See this Milwaukee Guide which has complete information about family-friendly activities, shopping, dining, and transportation - everything you need to make your trip to Convention 2010 a memorable one. Never been to Milwaukee? You must see this city - you'll be surprised!

Online registration for Early-birds! Enjoy a discounted registration up until December 31, 2009 and get a chance to win a 3-night stay at the host hotel (taxes are the responsibility of the winner). A $435 value! There is also a discount for HLAA members who are First-Timers to an HLAA convention. And for the second year, we are offering a complimentary registration to veterans of OIF and OEF. See our Convention Page for all the exciting details!

The Research Symposium, Hearing Aid Research and Development: What It Means for the Consumer, will be moderated by Dr. Catherine Palmer, an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders at the University of Pittsburgh. She also serves as the Director of Audiology and Hearing Aids at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Palmer conducts research in the areas of adult auditory learning post hearing aid fitting and matching technology to individual needs. We are pleased to have major hearing aid manufacturers participating in the symposium, including GNResound, Oticon, Phonak, and Siemens, Sonic Innovations, Starkey and Widex.

Bill Barkeley, Keynote Speaker
The Hearing Loss Association of America® is delighted to have Bill Barkeley as the keynote speaker at the Opening Session, June 17, 2010. Being deaf-blind has not slowed him down in the least - he recently completed a climb of Mount Kilimanjaro and next summer (July 8 - 17, 2010), he will lead an expedition of young adults (full-time students, ages 17-22, with and without hearing loss) to the Peruvian Amazon as part of a partnership between Global Explorers and Hear the World.

Workshops Especially for Parents and Educators
In response to the overwhelming number of parents who have participated in HLAA's Walk4Hearing™ program this year, we are pleased to offer two very special workshops on Thursday, June 17th. Designed for school professionals and parents of children with hearing loss, "What Children with Cochlear Implants Need at School" will review key topics that can help achieve a favorable classroom environment and provide guidance for the regular classroom teacher. Although the focus will be on children with cochlear implants, some of the content is relevant to the needs of any child with hearing loss. Among the topics to be addressed are:
  • FM systems
  • Classroom acoustics
  • Best practices for teachers in the classroom
  • Roles of various team members including classmates
The workshop fee of $50 includes entrance to the HLAA Exhibit Hall on the afternoon of the workshop. This workshop is free to those registered for the full convention. The workshop will run from 8:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.; check-in and coffee at 8 a.m. Please see the Convention page for more details and information about registration.

The second, a "Panel Discussion for Parents of Children with Hearing Loss", is an interactive presentation bringing together parents of children with hearing loss to discuss and share experiences with hearing aids, cochlear implants, services in the school system in their respective communities, and suggestions on how to work with school officials to obtain an appropriate education for their children of all ages. Learning how others have worked with their children to develop good communication skills and how to cope with the effects of a child's hearing loss on the entire family will be discussed. Laws that impact on the child's education and their right to appropriate access will be presented.

All parents, grandparents, and older age children are welcome to attend. There is no additional fee for this workshop.

There are a million places in Milwaukee that would be perfect for an off-site event for attendees, but clearly, the Harley-Davidson Museum® is a winner! Attendees will delight in the history and culture of this American legend. Rumble at the Harley-Davidson Museum® will take place Friday evening, June 18, 2010.

The Hilton Milwaukee City Center is ideally located in the center of the city's business, entertainment, and cultural districts. Guests are within easy walking distance of many of the city's attractions, restaurants, shopping centers, sporting events, and museums including:
  • Lake Michigan's picturesque shoreline;
  • Bradley Center Sports Complex, home to Milwaukee Bucks NBA basketball team, numerous concerts and special events;
  • The Historic Third Ward, featuring antique shops, restaurants, galleries, and boutiques;
  • Milwaukee's Theater District, consisting of the Pabst Theater, Milwaukee Reparatory Theater, and the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts;
  • The Museum Center which includes the Milwaukee Public Museum, Discovery World and the IMAX Theater.
Register today at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center!

Midwest Airlines is the Official Airline for Convention 2010. See the HLAA website for more information about how to get up to a 10% discount on your air travel. Use discount code CMZ1710.

About the Hearing Loss Association of America

The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), founded in 1979, opens the world of communication to people with hearing loss through information, education, advocacy and support. HLAA publishes the bimonthly Hearing Loss Magazine, holds annual conventions, Walk4Hearing™, and more. Information can be found at The national headquarters is located at 7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1200, Bethesda, MD 20814. Phone: 301.657.2248. HLAA has chapters and state organizations across the country.  

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