The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that they do not intend to enforce the requirement that individuals 18 and up receive a medical evaluation or sign a waiver prior to purchasing most hearing aids.
On June 10, 2010 the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM), “Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability by Public Accommodations – Movie Theaters; Movie Captioning and Audio Description.” Six-and-a-half-years later, the DOJ has issued a Final Rule on the ANPRM.
By far the most frequently asked question into the HLAA national office is: "How do I afford hearing aids?" The most frequently viewed page on our website is the Financial Assistance page. Clearly there is a need for more affordable and accessible hearing devices.
In the weeks following Apple’s announcement that new iPhones will not have a headset jack, HLAA received more than one call from people outraged by the company’s decision. Apple did not consider the impact removing the jack would have on people with hearing loss who use and depend on a neckloop or other wired solution to hear audio on the phone. When we brought this issue to Apple they responded.
Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI) has issued a Letter of Concern to Toyota Motor Corporation about carbon monoxide poisoning incidents affecting the deaf and those with hearing loss. More than a dozen deaths have been reported due to cars with keyless ignitions not being shut off when the occupant leaves the vehicle. The obvious issue for those with hearing loss is that they can’t hear the car’s engine if it is left running.