Yesterday was a sad day in the 34 year history of the Hearing Loss Association: Your humble Editor and his partner are paid Members in Good Standing, and took time off from work to fly to Portland to attend the annual Convention. However yesterday (Thursday) morning when we went to register, a security guard from the Convention Center came over and ordered us off the premises, with no explanation provided; so we immediately complied. Now, we have had our differences with staff event planner Nancy Macklin, most recently breaking the story several weeks ago that the 2014 HLAA Convention will be held in Austin; and also we have had our respectful differences with several in the Association over “hearing loops;” but nothing rises to the level of our treatment that occurred yesterday.
What’s more, this was maliciously timed to inflict maximum economic damages, as well as to humiliate us: Certainly my partner Jennifer Brower and I would not have made the lengthy trip from Chicago had we been given any advanced warning.
This has greatly affected our upcoming series of articles, as we had to cancel several meetings, including with staff from TIA, GN ReSound, Advanced Bionics, and Cochlear. [That being said, we'd like to thank Cheryl Garma at Advanced Bionics for making available to us this morning two factory Engineers via teleconference to discuss our upcoming article on the Naida q70 speech processor.]
We are retaining counsel with a DC area law firm, which will be informing the Association staff that any further communications will go through them~