February 3 – Brandon, FL

The Sun City, Gulf Coast, and Tampa Chapters of the HLAA are sponsoring this year’s Healthy Hearing Expo on Saturday, February 3 from 9 AM to 3 PM.

The site is the First Presbyterian Church, 121 Carver Avenue in Brandon (I-75 Exit 257).

Admission is FREE!

Our Chapter members will be on panels starting at 9:30 AM and Dr. Kyle Allen, ENT, will speak on new technology in hearing aids and cochlear implants at 12:30 PM. (schedule below)

Members and friends are encouraged to attend this year’s Tampa Bay Expo, the largest consumer hearing health event in the Tampa Bay area. There is a large Exhibit Hall and quiet rooms for trials and consultations.

No sales are allowed; however, trials of hearing aid products are encouraged, as most brands will be among the 40 exhibitors (listed below). Free hearing screening and consultations with audiologists are available. Also, cochlear implant representatives will be present.

A first in Florida! You will have the opportunity to try a variety of hearing aids from leading companies without purchase or obligation! Only once before have makers of hearing aids offered the opportunity to try and compare their products.

A press release with more information, a list of the 40 exhibitors, and the panel schedule is linked below:

The Healthy Hearing Expo will give consumers the unique opportunity to try and compare, without purchase or obligation, the latest hearing aid technology, as well as learn about a wide array of wireless accessories, cochlear implants, and assistive listening devices. Some 40 exhibitors will make this the largest consumer hearing health event in the Tampa Bay area.

The Healthy Hearing Expo will host some key firsts:

• The opportunity to try a variety of hearing aids from the leading manufacturers. Consumers currently cannot try a hearing aid without first purchasing it, negating any chance to compare performances. Only once before, nationwide, have the makers of hearing aids offered this rare opportunity to try and compare their product line in live demonstrations.

• Texas-based NeoSensory, Inc., a developer of sensory augmentation wearable products for individuals, will make their first East Coast appearance, allowing attendees to test their new
“wearable” vest and wrist bracelet devices that enable the user to hear through their skin. The
company claims to offer the functionality of a cochlear implant, without the need for surgery, at a
fraction of the cost.

• Audiologists will conduct hearing screenings and consultations to guide attendees on which
hearing aid models are best suited for their needs and merit comparing in their trials.
Consumers can also explore a wide range of other advanced technologies:

• Wireless accessories that connect hearing aids directly to mobile phones, TVs, and someone’s
voice across the table in a noisy restaurant and deliver added clarity and speech

• Assistive listening devices which alert one to alarm clock, smoke alarm or weather alerts while sleeping, or during the day when the person is too far for their hearing aid to hear a ringing
doorbell or telephone.

• Compare the complete collection of captioned and amplified phones, which attendees can try
and select for free, including free installation in their homes for captioned phones.