The Hearing Loss Association of America of Greater Baltimore (HLAA-GBC).


The chapter meets serveral times a year. Hearing loss meetings open to the public, as well as a summer picnic and winter holiday party.


Hearing loss meetings are held throughout the year, except for December, July, and August. 

 Please see our calendar for details.


News over the years!

NEW BROCHURES for 2017 to 2018
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New Brochure!
New Brochure for 2016 to 2017!!!
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Top 10 Reasons to Join Our HLAA Chapter
Top 10 Reasons to Join Our HLAA Chapter
Reasons to join chapter-FINAL 2.22.2016 [...]
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Top 10 Reasons to Join HLAA National
Top 10 Reasons to Join HLAA National
Reasons to join HLAA-March 2016.pdf
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            2018-2019 Events!

Sunday, December 16, 2018 12:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday, December 16, 2018
12:30 PM - 5:00 PM
At a private home in Ellicott City, MD
(Address will be given upon receiving your RSVP by deadline)
Limited to first 30 responders
RSVP by December 10, 2018 to: Amy Bopp
BRING A DISH or Drinks (8-10 servings) to share
*No alcohol, please
There will be games such as pool, ping pong, board games, cards
and any games people want to bring to play
We welcome all whose lives have been affected by hearing loss
(family, friends, guests)
*Snow date: December 23
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     HLAA Convention 2019


2019 Convention logo horizontalPresented by

CapTel Captioned Telephone logo

Hyatt Regency Rochester
Rochester Riverside Convention Center


Join us for an experience to remember where you will meet other people with hearing loss, learn in the most communication accessible environment and enjoy the sights of Rochester: a world of art, theater, music, photography, history, nature and play! In the meantime, take a look at the video below for a glimpse of all the beauty that is Rochester, New York! Registration is open!

Hyatt Regency Rochester

The HLAA room block at the Hyatt Regency Rochester is open! Simply go to the reservation site, select your arrival and departure dates and you’ll be on your way before you know it! See more details on the Hotel/Travel page





Rebecca Alexander Photo

Rebecca Alexander, Keynote Speaker



The Opening Session is being sponsored by 


Advanced Bionics Logo (new 2019)



Exhibit Hall 

It’s not everyday that you can experience the latest technology and services for people with hearing loss under one roof! The hall is open for free to the public – just pick up a badge at the Convention Registration Desk. 


Research Symposium, The Latest on Genetics and Hearing Loss 

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from world-renowned geneticists who will present the latest research on hearing loss that occurs later in life, and what can be done for families who have inherited the gene. In a rapidly-moving field, much has been accomplished since the last symposium on genetics in 1999. There will also be a Genetics track for workshops that will feature families with known and perceived genetic hearing loss, talking about their experiences, genetic counseling and more. 

New Year, New Symposium Format

We are shaking things up next year! Beginning in 2019, the Research Symposium will be two hours with the moderator presenting a 20-minute account of why the topic is relevant to people with hearing loss. The introductory talk will lay the groundwork for the science that will be presented. After a break, the program will move on to three presentations of 20 minutes each followed by a ten-minute Q&A.

Check out the Research Symposium page for more information.

The Latest on Genetics and Hearing Loss is being supported by a grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) and is sponsored byCochlear Americas Logo

Special Events

State and Chapter Awards Ceremony & Reception 

Wednesday, June 19
The HLAA State and Chapters are the foundation of HLAA. This ceremony, on Wednesday evening, will highlight those people who have worked tirelessly in their communities to help others with hearing loss. Light fare and refreshments will be available during the State and Chapter Awards Ceremony & Reception. 

Get Acquainted Party

Thursday, June 20
An annual tradition, the opening night GAP is always so much fun. See old friends, meet some new friends, and enjoy some refreshments. You don’t want to miss this so be sure to RSVP for this event on your registration. It is included in the General Package. 

The GAP is sponsored by CaptionCall logo

Night at the Museum, Off-site Event at the George Eastman MuseumPhoto of exterior of Eastman Museum and garden

Friday, June 21

The Eastman Museum is an educational institution with a mission to provide leadership in the field of photography and cinema; preserve and develop world-class collections, as well as George Eastman’s estate, a National Historic Landmark; and to serve the Greater Rochester community. Read more about the historic mansion and gardens at

Unwind from the day’s Convention activities while you enjoy and explore this amazing property. This event is not included in the General Package, so be sure to add a ticket ($45) which includes entry to the museum, light fare, and transportation. 

Cheers to 40 Years! HLAA Anniversary Celebration and Awards Gala

Join us on Saturday, June 22 and be part of a special night, paying tribute to our many accomplishments over the years, as well as honor those receiving a HLAA National award. We’ll end the evening with entertainment. Wear your special cocktail attire and be ready to have a great night! 

The Cheers to 40 Years Gala is sponsored by CapTel Captioned Telephone logo


Event Photography Notice

Photography will occur during the HLAA2019 Convention. Photos may be used to for future marketing materials, so if you do not wish to appear in the published photos, please let us know by emailing

Communication Access

Hearing loops and CART/Captioning will be in use in all workshops and plenary sessions. Sign Language Interpretation is available for all plenary sessions. You may request interpreters for specific workshops by emailing convention@hearingloss.orgAll requests must be sent by May 31, 2019



October 17th, 2019 meeting! You won’t forget “A Journey In To Deafness.”
Please join us
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September 19, 2019 "Meet and Greet"
Meeting Flyer
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Thursday, May 16, 2019 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.
Special Guest Speaker
Carrie Nieman, MD, MPH
Core Faculty Member, Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Co-Founder of Access HEARS, a non-profit committed to the delivery of affordable, accessible hearing care in Maryland
Come hear about the latest approaches from one of Johns Hopkins’ expert innovators!
Thursday, May 16, 2019
6:00 to 8:00 P.M.
The Hearing and Speech Agency (HASA) 5900 Metro Drive
Baltimore, MD 21215
To RSVP, or for questions, please contact us at Check out th
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April 11, 2019 6 to 8 pm
Join us to learn how a world of new technology – assistive listening devices (ALDs) – can make life easier and safer for those of us who are hard-of-hearing or deaf. The ALDs work with our existing ears, hearing aids or cochlear implants to amplify our hearing and alert us to important sounds in our environment.
Denise Schuler, MS, ATP, of the Maryland Technology Assistance Program (MDTAP), will explain and demonstrate many devices and enable us to try them.
Learn firsthand how an ALD can help you.
You may wish to browse the online inventory of MDTAP and let Denise know via email
( before the meeting if something therein is of particular interest to you.
Thursday, April 11, 2019
6:00 to 8:00 P.M.
The Hearing and Spe
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Turesday, March 12, 2019
Communication Strategies
Tuesday, March 12, 2019

10:30 AM to 12:00 Noon
at the
The Hearing and Speech Agency (HASA) 5900 Metro Drive
Baltimore, MD 21215
For directions, please call 410-318-6780 or check

Discuss ways to communicate with family and friends.
Share stories with other members.
Create solutions for better relationships using the rules of conversation.

Questions? Contact Missy O'Neill at Check out the HLAA National website at

HLAA-GBC meetings are FREE and open to the public. There is ample free parking. The room is equipped with a hearing loop system and assistive listening devices. If HASA closes
because of the weather, we will reschedule this meeting.
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Thursday, March 21, 2019 6 to 8 pm...
Back by Popular Demand!
“Let’s Talk!” – Part 2
with award-winning social worker Miriam Zadek
“Let’s talk about being hard-of-hearing,” says Ms. Zadek. “Let’s talk about what you – the members of our audience – want to talk about regarding hearing loss.”
Thursday, March 21, 2019
6:00 to 8:00 P.M.
The Hearing and Speech Agency (HASA) 5900 Metro Drive
Baltimore, MD 21215
Born hearing, Miriam Zadek was raised with two sisters born deaf as a result of a family genetic disorder. Inspired by their condition, she graduated from Barnard College, and earned a master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University. Ms. Zadek became certified by Gallaudet to help the hard of hearing with their communication needs. She was a social worker at HASA for 19 years and helped found
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