In November 2014, representatives from HLAA, TDI, and Gallaudet University met with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) staff in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau to discuss hearing aid compatible (HAC) wireless phones. At that meeting we were able to report on the results of our HAC Survey: “Can You Hear Me Now, Revisited,” as well as compare that to a similar HAC survey released in 2011.
If you missed our email about HLAA and other consumer groups’ agreement with the National Association of Theatre Owners to ensure greater access to captioned movies, read about it now.
HLAA and AG Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing filed additional comments with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to provide more input to the DOJ regarding movie captioning.
The holidays are times to get together with family and friends. We have nearly six weeks of the holiday season and under the best circumstances the holidays can be tiresome. If you have a hearing loss, this could be when you want to withdraw because of too much noise, not enough understanding conversations, and in the end, too much stress to deal with it all.
We have two articles for you and a transcript from a moderated chat to offer insight, tips, and strategies to make this holiday season a little easier, even with a hearing loss.
HLAA applauds the FCC’s release of its Public Notice on hearing aid compatible wireless phones. The issues the FCC raises are of vital importance to people with hearing loss who depend on wireless phones, particularly in an emergency.
Panel at the table, from left: John Fithian (NATO, president & CEO); John Stanton (AG Bell, volunteer); I. King Jordan, Ph.D. (Gallaudet University, president emeritus, and ALDA); Anna Gilmore Hall (Hearing Loss Association of America, executive director); Andrew Phillips
(NAD, policy counsel); Randy Smith (Regal Entertainment Group, senior vice president,
chief administrative officer & counsel)
Ahme Stone (left) with Barbara Kelley (right)
Coffee with Alice Marie “Ahme” Stone
By Barbara Kelley
Whether you live in New York City or will be planning a trip to the Big Apple to see some Broadway shows, consider attending one with a hearing loop. A hearing loop allows people with hearing loss to get direct audio input of the sound to their hearing aid or cochlear implant. Read more about hearing loops and how this technology can bring you back into the world of sound and enjoying life.
HLAA supports the use of technology that would allow first responders to locate individuals in an emergency with greater accuracy. Technology that can provide greater accuracy is needed for everyone, but is particularly important for people who cannot speak for themselves during an emergency. In support of these efforts, HLAA joined organizations in writing a letter to Senator Harkin requesting support for action on the proposed rules for wireless 911 location accuracy. Here is more information about the filing.