Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Providence, RI to Host Convention 2012

You're invited to attend the largest educational convention and tradeshow for people with hearing loss, their families and the professionals that educate and work with people with hearing loss.

I already have many things to share with you! First of all, you'll notice our new Convention logo that will be used from year to year by just changing the year. We believe this logo more closely ties the Convention to HLAA (unlike a separate logo created just for a specific host city).

OK, now on to the fun stuff!

In the photo above, the tall building on the left is The Westin Providence, our Convention hotel. It is connected by sky bridge to the Rhode Island Convention Center where all the events will take place. Those things you see in the river are called braziers - there's 100 of them that are lit using an aromatic wood during WaterFire events.
The keynote speaker for Convention 2012 will be Howard Weinstein who has an amazing and inspiring life story. You can read more about how he has dedicated his life to distributing solar-powered hearing aids to low-income people in developing countries in the upcoming September/October issue of Hearing Loss Magazine. You won't want to miss this engaging speaker who is traveling from Brazil to be with us.

Researchers and medical professionals from Johns Hopkins University will present the Research Symposium, How the Brain Makes Sense of the World of Sound. More information about the presenters and as well as their abstracts will be posted soon on

Abracadabra! Back by popular demand, master magician George Saterial will perform at the banquet on Friday, June 22. George performed at Convention 1998 in Boston so many of you may already know how truly amazing he is. George is the first and only magician in the world that has received magic's highest and most coveted honors, "The Gold Medal of Excellence."

Stay tuned for more information about Saturday night's off-site event - it will definitely be an evening to remember! Look for more information on our new website that is launching in a few days!

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