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.
The latest issue of Hearing Loss Magazine is in the mail. The big news with this issue is that if you are a member of the Hearing Loss Association of America, you can also read Hearing Loss Magazine online at www.hearingloss.org before it hits your mailbox.
So wherever you are – at home on your computer, on vacation with your smart phone or iPad - you can read it. And, if you need to adjust your browser for your individual needs, you can do that too.
Hearing Loss Association of America and 17 other national and local organizations sent a strong message to Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius urging inclusion of hearing health care under the Affordable Care Act.
You can now create a User ID and Password to access the HLAA Online Portal.
With a login you can:
- Update your contact information including mailing address, e-mail address, and phone number.
- Update your e-mail preferenced
- View membership information such as the expiration date.
- View your giving history and receive an e-receipt for donations made to HLAA.
- Register online for Convention 2012 (June 21 – 24 in Providence, Rhode Island)
- Register for HLAA courses and training
- and more!
HLAA sent comments to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) on the issue of screening for hearing loss in older adults December 7, 2011. HLAA Board Member Meg Wallhagen provided valuable advice, helping us draft our comments. USPSTF is a national, independent panel of medical experts that makes recommendations, based on scientific evidence, to primary care doctors and other health care providers about which clinical preventive services they should offer their patients. USPSTF invited public comment on its draft Recommendation Statements before publication. One of the three draft statements open for public comment was: “Screening for Hearing Loss in Older Adults: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement.”
HLAA, along with some 360 participants from 30 different countries attended the M-Enabling Summit, 2011. The Summit was billed as a “global summit and showcase for mobile applications and services for seniors and persons with disabilities.”
More than one billion people around the world live with disabilities, including a large number of seniors. The M-Enabling Summit provided a forum to identify global opportunities for accessible and assistive mobile applications and services.
The 2nd International Hearing Loop Conference was co‐hosted by the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) and the American Academy of Audiology (Academy) in Crystal City, Virginia, from June 18 through June 20, 2011.
The UnitedHealthcare® hi HealthInnovations announcement of its direct hearing services to consumers has caused quite a stir. The audiology professional organizations and the hearing aid specialist organizations and some hearing aid companies have already staked out positions against it reiterating that the only approach to effective hearing health care is through an audiologist or hearing aid specialist.