Enhancing Workplace Effectiveness: Technologies for People with Hearing Loss

Tuesday, February 27, 2024
12:00 –1:00 p.m., Eastern Time

Host: Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)

Register for the Zoom webinar

Those of us with hearing loss know that it can be difficult to operate in workplaces where everyone assumes normal hearing. Join us for an insightful webinar exploring new technologies that can help even the playing field. We will be discussing assistive listening devices, captioning, video conferencing, and other tools that the presenters – all with hearing loss – have found most useful in a range of workplace situations, including office, travel, restaurant, classroom, and factory floor.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn the technologies people with hearing loss have found most effective in the workplace.
  • Learn strategies to gracefully inform co-workers of hearing loss and get their help in communication.
  • Connect with the host of other resources available.


  • Dr. David C. Baldridge, BGS, MBA, PhD is a Professor of Management/Organizational Behavior at Oregon State University. He is a deafened, cochlear implant user, HLAA Accessible, Inclusive Employment Task Force chair, and long-time HLAA member. He has researched the workplace experiences of people with hearing loss for over 25 years, published more than 25 articles and book chapters, and made over 100 conference and workshop presentations internationally.
  • Jill Herbold, FSA, MAAA, is a healthcare consulting actuary who primarily works with state Medicaid agencies. She is also a managing partner of a consulting practice with over 200 employees. Her hearing loss progressed from mild to profound over many years, and she is now a cochlear implant user. She has been a member of HLAA for over 20 years and is a member of the HLAA Accessible, Inclusive Employment Task Force.
  • Dave DeBellis is a practicing engineer with HP, Inc. working in the company’s industrial printing division. Sudden and profound hearing loss at age 55 threatened to derail his career. However, with the help of both a hearing aid and a cochlear implant, he has been able to continue to work effectively in his role. Dave is also a member of the HLAA Accessible, Inclusive Employment Task Force.
  • Tina Childress, Au.D., CCC-A, is an educational audiologist in the mainstream and residential school settings, technology and social media aficionado, late-deafened adult fluent in ASL and a bilateral cochlear implant recipient. With her unique perspective and passion for sharing information through social media, she is a sought out international presenter and motivational speaker for families, adults and professionals on a variety of topics. Her areas of expertise include Hearing Assistance Technology, apps, cochlear implants, advocacy and effective strategies for coping with hearing loss. Dr. Childress is active on many local and national Boards and Committees where she is a strong advocate for accessibility (especially in the performing arts) and disseminating resources.

Helpful Tips:

  • Zoom. The webinar will be held on Zoom. After registering, the Zoom meeting link will be emailed to you. Please save your email and make sure to check your spam or junk folder if you have not received the meeting link.
  • Use a computer. If possible, attend the webinar on a computer rather than via a smart phone or iPad. This will give you the best layout to view the captions, as well as other meeting features.
  • Install or update Zoom. Make sure you have Zoom installed.
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  • Captions. All HLAA webinars are free with live captions available.
  • Check your time zone. This meeting will take place live at 12 p.m. ET, 11 a.m. CT, 10 a.m. MT and 9 a.m. PT. If you are in a different time zone, please adjust the time so you do not miss the meeting.

NOTE: HLAA does not offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for participation in our webinars.

Questions? Feel free to email us at webinars@hearingloss.org

Link to webinar information: hearingloss.org/event/enhancing-workplace-effectiveness-technologies-for-people-with-hearing-loss