Thursday, April 30, 2009

HLAA Convention - June 18-21st

Hearing Loss Association of America is holding its annual convention AND celebrating its 30th birthday in Nashville, Tennessee at the monolithic Gaylord Hotel on June 18th to the 21st. You can check out the convention registration package and rates here. Hurry though, the rooms at the hotel are at 98% capacity and registration ends on May 24th. So, break out your happy finger and click on this link for convention details.

The keynote speaker for this year is Vint Cerf, Ph.D., vice president and chief Internet evangelist for Google, and widely known as known as one of the “Fathers of the Internet." Anyone who had a hand in developing the Internet is alright in my book. He is hard of hearing and his wife is a recipient of a cochlear implant. I can't wait to hear Cerf's up!

I just so happen to have the workshop schedule here. If you take a gander, you see that Tina Childress and I will be giving a workshop called "Wireless Technology Made Simple", on Thursday, June 18th at 2:30. I'm so excited because I love bringing out the inner geek in people especially when it comes to helping them hear better with technology. :)


I am going to be representing Advanced Bionics on Bilateral Cochlear Implant panel that my buddy Wayne Roorda is hosting on Saturday, June 20th at 10:00. This panel will be made up of recipients of all brands. I encourage that if you have any questions or concerns regarding bilateral cochlear implantation and you are attending the convention, shoot an email to with your questions.

At the same time, my very best bilateral bionic belle, Jennifer and coincidentally Nashville's local HLAA Chapter President will be giving a presentation on Social Networking for Young Adults. She is just the person to give that presentation because she emanates social butterfly! On another note, please help Jennifer reach her goal for the Chattanooga Walk4Hearing on May 16th.


I will be volunteering at the Advanced Bionic booth just waiting for people to pick my geeky brain about cochlear implants and the Harmony processor.


I am HLAA's 2009 convention blogger!

I got some pretty big ears to fill here...


Anonymous said...

This sounds exciting. Any chance I can come via a scholarship??? I can offer ummmmm photography, ummmmm experiences of being implant 3 times, success, failure, success, migration, success.... I'm an experienced speaker :) No? Drat! LOL

Sigh - So wish I could get up there!


Jennifer said...

I am getting excited. You? :)

Anonymous said...

Abbie, that is SO cool -- you are going to be doing some really fun things at the convention! We (my husband, Dave, and I) are planning to be at your workshop :)

I am so excited -- it's our first HLAA convention.

You are a GREAT choice to be the convention blogger -- way to go!!

See you SOON! Yay!

~ Wendi