The Network of Consumer Hearing Assistive Technology Trainers (N-CHATT) is a partnership between AIR, Gallaudet University, and the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA). N-CHATT trains people affected by hearing loss to support and empower individuals in their communities to find, evaluate, use, and advocate for hearing assistive technology.
N-CHATT training includes webinars and online modules, followed by an in-person two-day training session with practice presentations on hearing assistive technology topics, hands-on technology exploration, and opportunities for interactive learning. Upon successful completion of the training, individuals attend the HLAA Convention and commit to conducting at least three community-training events within one year of the start of the program.
As of 2017, 15 people have led more than 35 training events for over 600 people with hearing loss and service providers throughout the U.S.