Top 6 Conferences for Hearing Professionals to Attend in 2016

January 5, 2016 6:47 am

When there are endless amounts of conferences to choose to attend, it can be difficult to decide where to go and which events are worth the investment. For 2016, here are our top picks for hearing professional conferences to attend based on overall quality, content, networking opportunities, and educational value.

Hearing Innovation Expo

Starkey Hearing Innovation Expo 2016 

Where: Las Vegas, Nevada
When: January 20 – January 24
Why: Hosted by Starkey Hearing Technologies, this bi-yearly event is famous for bringing together Fortune 500 executives, industry thought leaders, world-class scientists, and hearing’s top independent providers to learn, grow, share, and explore new ideas to create a better tomorrow for people suffering with hearing loss. With keynote speakers including former President George W. Bush, Ben Affleck, and Earvin “Magic” Johnson, and other world-class speakers, this is one of the premier events for hearing professionals to attend.

Annual NHCA Conference

2016 Annual NHCA Conference 

Where: San Diego, California
When: February 18 – February 20
Why: As a professional association dedicated to hearing loss prevention, the National Hearing Conservation Association’s annual conference brings together some of the greatest audiologists, researches, and academics from across the world to educate and inspire its attendees. For the first time since 1989, the conference will be located in San Diego, California, with a three day schedule filled with seminars and break-out sections for hearing professionals to choose from.

Annual AAS scientific and Technology Conference

43rd Annual AAS Scientific and Technology Conference 

Where: Scottsdale, Arizona
When: March 3 – March 5
Why: If you’re interested in the rapidly changing pace of technology in the auditory world, the American Auditory Society’s annual conference focuses primarily on new technologies, relevant updates for hearing professionals, and the treatment of hearing loss for patients. As hearing professionals adapt and run to stay up to date with the latest technology news, this conference is the must-attend event to learn more about the latest developments and advances in technology.

Audiology Now


Where: Phoenix, Arizona
When: April 13 – April 16
Why: As the world’s largest gathering of Audiologists, this four day conference has a variety of educational sessions to attend, and a complete expo with the latest hearing technology. One of the highlights of the conference is the networking opportunities available to audiologists and colleagues from across the world.

Unison Hearing Health Global Summit

Unison Hearing Health Global Summit 

Where: Chicago, Illinois
When: September 8 – September 11
Why: Bolding declaring, “The Future of Hearing Healthcare Begins Here”, the Unison Hearing Health Global Summit is “an innovative forum and educational experience that will bring together audiologists, hearing aid specialists, physicians and other providers, with industry and consumer representatives for the purpose of ensuring best practices in the delivery of optimal, outcome-based hearing health solutions.”


Annual IHS Convention and EXPO

64th Annual IHS Convention & Expo 

Where: Chicago, Illinois
When: September 10 – September 12
Why: The International Hearing Society is presenting their 64th Annual IHS Convention & Expo in 2016. This is a globally recognized event for members of the association and hearing health practitioners across the world. The convention provides continuing education workshops in a variety of categories, including: hearing science, audiometric assessment and interpretation, fitting techniques and selection, and many more. This convention is ideal for hearing specialists who desire to further their careers and understanding of hearing health care.

Do you have a favorite hearing health care professional conference to attend? We would love to hear what your top pick is for the must-attend conference of 2016!