September 2, 2014, Hearing Loss Association of America filed comments with CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) in opposition to the proposed roll back of rules that would disallow Medicare coverage for bone-anchored hearing devices. We argued that these devices should be considered prosthetic devices under the rules, and that the coverage should include both osseointegrated devices and any innovations that are developed to help those who cannot successfully use hearing aids, such as dental-anchored conductive devices.
More than 800 people have responded to our survey of hearing aid compatible (HAC) phones.
The survey is now closed. Thank you to all who participated. We will be reviewing the results and post a summary in the near future. Please check back!
Many of you gave valuable input to a topic that is important to you as a person with hearing loss. The results of this survey confirm what we know –that technology is key to living with hearing loss. This information will be used to develop programs with you in mind including the HLAA Consumer Technology Initiative. Thank you for responding .We will likely have more surveys and we appreciate your willingness to participate.
2014 Wisconsin HLAA Conference
Hearing Loss in the 21st Century
Saturday, October 18, 2014
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Wisconsin HLAA one-day conference will offer a full day packed with presentations, information and technology.
HLAA joined NAD, TDI, ALDA, DHHCAN and other consumer organizations in comments filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for their Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on The Federal Sector’s Obligation to Be a Model Employer of Individuals with Disabilities. Our comments highlighted the needs to provide accommodations on request and in a timely manner, and propose that the Federal Government establish a centralized funding system for accommodations.
HLAA joined NAD, TDI, ALDA, DHHCAN and other consumer organizations in comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission on their item, “Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet.” This item generated huge interest: over a million comments were received by the FCC.
HLAA is thrilled to learn that on July 22, 2014, the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations favorably reported the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) out of committee. Watch this captioned video report by John Paré, Executive Director for Advocacy and Policy, and Joe Ruffalo, President of the National Federation of the Blind of New Jersey outside the Capitol. See video: http://youtu.be/PfaZZM510DY