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HLAA Succeeds in Making Hearing Loss Visible to the CDC

Sep 29 2015

In August 2015, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued the results of a survey that asked questions for the first time about disabilities, we were stunned to find that people with hearing loss were entirely left out.

HLAA sent letters to the CDC and to the White House, issued a media release, and an action alert asking consumers to express their thinking of CDC’s survey. Many of you sent emails with compelling stories, making it clear we should have been counted from the start.

Listening to Programs on Your Television

Sep 29 2015

Commentary by Lise Hamlin

This is an advocacy eNews, not a tech eNews. But when I discovered at a recent advisory council meeting that there are tech solutions to a problem we’ve been asked to solve repeatedly through advocacy efforts, we thought it deserved mention in this issue of HLAA in Action.

HLAA Supports the HEAR Act

Jul 14 2015

The time has come for Medicare to cover the cost of expensive hearing aids. On June 9, 2015, HLAA penned a letter of support for the Help Extend Auditory Relief (HEAR) Act, H.R 2748. On June 12, 2015, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced the reintroduction of the HEAR Act, H.R 2748 with the support of 10 members of Congress. Cartwright first introduced the HEAR Act in 2013.

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HLAA Is There For You From the Start: the FCC’s New Disability Advisory Committee

Apr 8 2015

On March 17, 2015, Lise Hamlin represented HLAA at the first meeting of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Disability Advisory Committee (DAC). It was announced that the FCC received more than 100 applications to serve on this committee. Those chosen to join the DAC included 36 organizations, companies and individuals.

HLAA Supports Utah Legislation Requiring Better Education of Consumers

Feb 11 2015

Hearing Loss Association of America supports Utah State HB 112, which modifies the requirements for practicing as an audiologist or as a hearing instrument specialist by requiring licensed audiologists or licensed hearing instrument specialists to inform each patient about Assistive Listening Systems that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act standards (section 219) and how hearing instruments interface with these systems.

See our letter.