WASHINGTON, DC, May 24, 2012 — On May 16, the Friends of the Congressional Hearing Health Caucus (FCHHC) hosted a Hearing Forum and Reception for Representatives, Congressional staff and others interested in hearing health. At the event which was organized by Hearing Industries Assn (HIA), visitors could have their hearing screened by hearing professionals, test the volume of their Music Player ear buds using a testing dummy provided by the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Assn (ASHA), and participate in a video otoscope demonstration using equipment provided by MedRX, Largo, FL.
Nearly three years after signing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Obama administration is asking the U.S. Senate to grant final approval of the treaty.
The United States signed the convention in 2009, but Senate approval is required in order to make participation official.
HLAA learned at an accessibility issues conference call hosted by Verizon that they will soon be offering Verizon customers access to 911 via text messaging. For people with significant hearing loss, gaining access to 911 via text messaging is a huge leap forward. To date, people with hearing loss were relegated to using TTYs or using a voice call to 911 without knowing whether they would be able to hear what the dispatcher said.
On April 27, 2012, Hearing Loss Association of America, Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI) and four other consumer organizations and the Technology Access Program at Gallaudet University (TAP) filed a petition with the Federal Communications Commission (Commission) requesting reconsideration of the Commission’s Report and Order on Captioning of Video Programming delivered over the Internet under the 21st Century Video and Communication Act of 2010 (CVAA).
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced in Chicago on April 4, 2012 a “landmark settlement with Illinois’ largest movie theater operator that will provide unprecedented access for people with hearing and vision disabilities.”
Madigan said the settlement with AMC Theaters will provide personal captioning services and audio-description technology in all of its theaters and its 460 movie screens in Illinois.
Madigan was joined by AMC representatives and disability rights supporters, including HLAA, to announce the settlement. HLAA members filed a complaint several years ago with the AG’s office and were instrumental the pursuit of this settlement.
Thank you for expressing your concerns about the direct to consumer United HealthCare® hi HealthInnovations program.
The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) has not joined audiologists, hearing aid specialists, and hearing aid manufacturers in their opposition to the new United HealthCare direct service to consumers. Our stance is to give innovative programs such as this one a chance. Why are we saying this?
With great sadness we announce the death of Victor Matsui, a member of the Hearing Loss Association of America’s board of trustees since 2005. Read about his years of service in the Army and distinguished career in the American diplomatic service, and view many family photos by clicking here. Vic was a gentle and kind man, and will be missed very much.
HLAA’s Manhattan Chapter actively supports communication access in public places. Ellen Semel, chair of the chapter’s Hearing Loop Committee, helps lead the movement. In December 2011, she and Fred Palm of AssistiveAudio/Ampetronic presented looping technology information to the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ Procrastinators Day, which provides architects with opportunities to earn continuing education units.