Congressman Langevin, Members of the ITEM Coalition Steering Committee, Members of the Press, Friends and Colleagues, and Honored Guests:
I appreciate this opportunity to offer my support for the goals and principles of the ITEM Coalition.
The CHHC was founded in January 2001, and is a bipartisan, no-dues caucus of members of Congress committed to the support of hearing health issues. The CHHC holds luncheon briefings periodically, bringing to Congress the nation’s most prominent scientists, surgeons, physicians, and business and lay leaders. Presenting the latest research, findings, and technological advances, speakers explain how this information directly contributes to the detection, intervention, prevention, and research of hearing health issues.