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Eleventh International Adult Aural Rehabilitation Conference

Call for Papers

October 2022

The conference will be held at the Hilton Boston/Woburn on April 24 – 25, 2023. Previous conferences have brought together researchers, clinicians, and consumers from many countries and my hope is that this tradition will continue in 2023.

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“Talkabout” is Here!

October 2021

Talkabout is a new initiative by the Hearing Rehabilitation Foundation that has been generously supported by the Analog Devices Foundation. People who are 70 or older, have a hearing loss, and live alone are eligible for this program.

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2021 Newsletter

July 2021

It is hard to believe that 2021 is half over, and we are finally returning to something approaching normality…

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The HRF has Been Awarded the Cummings Grant!

May 2020

Many thanks to the Cummings Foundation for selecting us for a Cummings Grant of $10,000 for the coming year! The grant is part of the Cumming $20 Million Grant Program.

Tenth International Adult Aural Rehabilitation Conference

Woburn, MA

November 3 – 5, 2019

Our conference was held at the Hilton Boston/Woburn, and was a great success. Stay tuned for upcoming information on our next conference, to be held in October, 2021.

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Benefit Concert for the HRF

St. Raphael Parish Center, West Medford, MA

September 8, 2019

The Hearing Rehabilitation Foundation provides music orientation and training for adults with cochlear implants and hearing aids. We are an all-volunteer organization, and all money raised from this concert and other fund-raising activities will be used to maintain and hopefully expand our services to assist people with hearing loss. Thank you for your support of the HRF!

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Auditory Training Retreat

University of Connecticut

June 10 – 13, 2019

Geoff and Kerryn Plant from the Hearing Rehabilitation Foundation took part in the  Auditory Training Retreat held at University of Connecticut at Storrs. 

This is the third in the series, and is a joint project of UConn and the HRF.

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Special Fika – A Chat With Bill Cummings

May 21, 2019

The FIKA meeting in May took a different form – a discussion with the billionaire philanthropist Bill Cummings, at his office.

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Fika – William H. Johnson – An American Tragedy

April 22, 2019

The first FIKA for 2019 was held at the HRF office in Woburn. Six people with hearing loss attended the FIKA, which included a presentation on the life of the African-American artist William H. Johnson.

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ASHA Convention

November 15-17, 2018, Boston, MA

Geoff Plant attended the ASHA Convention at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. This year’s theme was “Revolutionary Learning. Evolutionary Practice.” 

The ASHA Convention is the premier annual event for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists.

Academy of Rehabilitative Audiology Conference

“Providing Aural Rehabilitation Support for Older Adults with Hearing Loss”

September 23-25, 2018, Pittsburgh, PA

Geoff Plant presented an overview of three approaches to training provided by the HRF:

  • 1:1 training
  • Intensive Training Courses
  • FIKA

If you would like a copy of the presentation, contact us.

Auditory Training Fellowship

August 2018

HRF awarded two fellowships for two weeks of training in August 2018,  open to students studying Audiology or Speech Pathology at a post-graduate level. The first week consisted of observation and training in the materials and techniques used at the HRF. In the second week, the Fellows provided training to a small group of adults with hearing loss.


Our Fika Attendees

Fika – Three People You’ll Wish You Had Met

July 24, 2018

Fika is now a regular part of the HRF calendar. Geoff Plant talked about three people who had been very influential in his life. They were the Australian artist, environmentalist, and gardener Neil Douglas; the Australian author and illustrator Elisabeth MacIntyre; and the Swedish man “who hears with his skin,” Gustaf Söderlund.  


‘Almost Nearly Perfect’ Adult Aural Rehabilitation: A Tour of Denmark in 1977

The Hearing Review

April 24, 2018

An article by Geoff Plant was published in the May 2018 edition of The Hearing Review, about a trip to Denmark in 1977 to look at Aural Rehabilitation programs. In some ways the service offered was much better than the current situation.  Technology is more advanced now, but support and training is much poorer.

Betty Hauck on NPR

April 17, 2018

HRF board member Betty Hauck was featured in a program on NPR. Betty was a professional violist for many years, prior to her hearing loss. She stopped playing for a number of years, but is now back as a speaker and performer.

Brooks Robertson

February 24, 2018

The concert by Brooks Robertson on was a great success. Brooks is an incredibly talented finger style guitarist who volunteered to play for HRF. There were eleven people with hearing loss in the audience and about the same number of people with normal hearing. He gave an extraordinary performance, enhanced by his clear explanations of how he does what he does. He played a number of original pieces, and many by his guitar heroes such as Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed and Buster B. Jones. One of our best concerts ever!


Ninth International Adult Aural Rehabilitation Conference

December 4-6, 2017

HRF hosted the 2017 conference at the Sirata Conference Center in St. Pete Beach, Florida. Over 40 people representing nine countries attended the conference. There were many excellent papers, covering a wide range of topics related to aural rehabilitation approaches for adults with hearing loss.

Topics included:

  • New media to contact clients in remote locations
  • Listening effort
  • Auditory training
  • Panel discussion “What do audiologists need before they can implement Aural Rehabilitation programs in their practices?”
  • European study looking at the effects of hearing loss and hearing aids on cognitive deficit
  • Tinnitus retraining therapy
  • The effects of hearing loss on family relationships

Thanks to our sponsors Oticon US (Gold) and MED-EL Woldwide Headquarters (Bronze) for their generous support.The c