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Health & Science: Have Hearing Problems?

Dec 18 2015

Health & Science: Washington Post
Have hearing problems? Cheaper, nonprescription devices might help.
By Jan Blustein, M.D.

Baby boomers, listen up!

Were you born between 1946 and 1964? Do you lack your old get-up-and-go? Spend a lot of time hunting for reading glasses? Can’t run so fast anymore? Can hardly run at all?

December 3rd Marks International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Dec 3 2015

In 1992 the UN established December 3rd as a day of observance for persons with disabilities. This year’s theme is “Inclusion matters: access and empowerment of people of all abilities.”

What does that mean to people with hearing loss? ”For the hard of hearing community, inclusion requires access to hearing aids, assistive technology, captioning, cochlear implants and peer and professional support services,” according to the International Federation of Hard of Hearing People (IFHOH), of which HLAA is a member.

Sprint Drops Wireless CapTel App

Dec 3 2015

Sprint has decided to decommission its Wireless CapTel by Sprint app service by December 7, 2015. Sprint provided formal notice to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on November 6, 2015.

Sprint will have dedicated support resources in place to care for their users as they are transitioned to other forms of Sprint CapTel service. Sprint will still continue to provide land-line CapTel (CapTel 840 phones), Sprint IP CapTel (CapTel 840i and 2400i devices) and WebCapTel services.

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FCC Issues Rulemaking on HAC Wireless Phones

Dec 3 2015

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued their Report and Order and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on Hearing Aid Compatible Wireless Phones. Posted with the Order are comments from the Commissioners. Chairman Tom Wheeler notes: