Consider attending these virtual and in-person hearing loss events in 2021.
As we look forward to 2021, there are plenty of excellent hearing loss events coming up! Depending on how the COVID-19 situation and vaccine rollout progresses throughout the year, some events may be in-person while others may be held virtually. Either way, all of these hearing loss events are certainly worth adding to your calendar to learn, connect, discover new technology, and more.
- World Hearing Day (March 3)
- HLAA Convention (June 24-26)
- DSA 2021 (Aug 28-Sept 2)
- ALDAcon (Oct 6-10)
- Walk4Hearing (spring-fall)
Learn more about these events and how to register below!
World Hearing Day (Worldwide, March 3)
World Hearing Day falls on March 3 every year, and there are plenty of resources you can access to create your own virtual celebration. This year’s theme is “Hearing Care for All.” Visit the World Health Organization’s page to learn more about this year’s theme and goal. The Ida Institute also has resources you can check out. Mark the occasion personally by upgrading your communication tools with new hearing loss technology or a captioned telephone!
HLAA Convention (Virtual, June 24-26)
HLAA’s annual convention is going virtual once again, to ensure everyone’s safety and allow attendees to tune in from the comfort of their own homes. HLAA conferences typically have a variety of exhibits, workshops, talks, and social events, and this year’s virtual event is no exception. A specific schedule of events is not yet available for this year’s convention, so keep an eye on HLAA’s main convention webpage here for details and information on registration.
Anyone who missed the 2020 Experience HLAA! virtual event can access video recordings of the presentations and Q&A sessions here, and get a taste of what’s to come with 2021’s virtual gathering!
DSA 2021 (Pittsburgh, Aug 28-Sept 2)
Deaf Seniors of America hosts an annual conference full of entertainment, workshops, crafts, exhibitors, vendors, and more. This year’s event is slated to occur in Pittsburgh during late summer, as long as COVID-19 rates allow. Already on the entertainment docket are a comedian and mime artist—view the full schedule of events here. At six days long, it’s the longest event on this list!
Early bird registration pricing runs until the end of May, so you can wait until the event is closer before deciding to go. Visit the DSA 2021 website to register and stay up to date on all the details.
ALDAcon (Niagara Falls NY, Oct 6-10)
ALDA is the Association of Late-Deafened Adults. Their annual conference, called ALDAcon, typically begins with a Wednesday night reception and ends with a Sunday brunch. Over four days, attendees can listen to guest speakers, browse vendors for exciting products and services, and socialize with one another at fun events like banquets and karaoke parties! All events are, of course, set up to be communications-accessible.
This year’s conference will take you to beautiful Niagara Falls just in time to see the autumn leaves in upstate New York. Learn more and register here!
Walk4Hearing (various cities, spring-fall)
CapTel is a regular sponsor of the HLAA Walk4Hearing events—it’s a great way to have fun and raise money for hearing loss initiatives and resources all around the country. Walks take place in cities around the country during the spring and fall for beautiful weather. Find a walk near you here! In 2020, Walk4Hearing went virtual; check this page to stay up-to-date on the status of 2021 events.
We hope you’re looking forward to these hearing loss events as much as we are! Keep reading the CapTel blog for more hearing loss news, advice, and more.