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One in Five Americans Age 12 and Older Experiences Hearing Loss Severe Enough to Hinder Communication

Nov 16 2011

Nearly one in five Americans age 12 and older experience hearing loss severe enough to interfere with day-to-day communication.

The new research, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, examined data from the National Health and Nutritional Examination Surveys, or NHNES, which has collected health information from thousands of Americans since 1971. The researchers looked specifically at people age 12 and older -- men and women of all races -- whose hearing had been tested during NHANES exams.

FCC Reverses Anglers' Order of 2006! More Captioning Likely

Oct 21 2011

From COAT October 20, 2011

Five years ago, in October 2006, several leading disability organizations filed for a "Review of the Bureau Order" and a "Petition for Emergency Stay" at the FCC in regard to what was referred to as "the Anglers' Order."   Today, the FCC overturned the Angler's Order and the other 300 exemptions to providing captioning on TV that were based on the Anglers' Order.  

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FCC Releases Proposed Internet Closed Captioning Rules

Oct 3 2011

The Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 (“CVAA”) requires the Federal Communications Commission to take many actions on accessibility.

On September 22, 2011, the FCC released a document called a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that asks the public to comment on proposed rules to ensure that televised programming with captions will continue to have captions when delivered over the Internet.

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FCC Releases Proposed Rulemaking on Next Generation 911

Oct 2 2011

The Federal Communications Commission, seeking to accelerate the development and deployment of Next Generation 911 (NG911) technology that will enable the public to send emergency communications to 911 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) via text, photos, videos, and data and enhance the information available to PSAPs and first responders for assessing and responding to emergencies, has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking September 26, 2011.

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Groundbreaking Clinical Trial Launches to Treat Hearing Loss

Sep 19 2011

Groundbreaking research has led to the first clinical trial to evaluate the safety of cord blood stem cell treatments for hearing loss. According to a study published in Cell Transplantation, animal subjects treated with cord blood stem cells showed significant healing to the damaged sensory hair cells and neurons in the inner ear. Dr. James Baumgartner, pediatric neurosurgeon, and colleagues at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston will launch the first FDA-regulated clinical trial evaluating the use of cord blood stem cell treatments for children with hearing loss.