OVER-THE-COUNTER HEARING AID ACT OF 2017 ONE SMALL STEP CLOSER TO REALITY

OVER-THE-COUNTER HEARING AID ACT OF 2017 ONE SMALL STEP CLOSER TO REALITY

The Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 – bipartisan legislation that would make certain types of hearing aids available over the counter – is now a step closer to becoming a reality after it was attached to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) User Fee Reauthorization Act of 2017, which has been termed “must-pass” legislation. On May 11, the Senate HELP (Health, Education, Labor and Pensions) Committee approved the Reauthorization Act. It will now be sent to the Senate for a vote at…

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Public Hearing Announcement

The Department of Health Services (DHS) will be hosting a Public Hearing to consider amendments to DHS Chapter 78 relating to Telecommunications Assistance for the Deaf, Deaf-Blind and severely Hard of Hearing persons. The meeting will take place on May 15th at the DHS Building: 1 W. Wilson St. Room 751 Madison, Wisconsin, 53703 The meeting is scheduled to take place from 1:00p.m. to 4:00p.m. Parking in Madison near Department of Health Services: The Department of Health Services is located two blocks…

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HLAA Prioritizes Legislative and Advocacy Agenda for 2017

HLAA Prioritizes Legislative and Advocacy Agenda for 2017 Takes Focus Off Hearing Aid Tax Credit Legislation Since 2003, Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) has supported legislation that would allow consumers to receive a tax credit for the purchase of hearing aids. The Hearing Aid Tax Assistance Credit Act (Senate bill S.48), re-introduced in the Senate on January 5 by Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), would provide a non-refundable $500 tax credit for the purchase of a single hearing aid, or $1,000 for…

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Yoga for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Are you interested in being part of a Yoga class that is specifically modified for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing? Volunteers are needed for a 8 week yoga class that will begin the week of April 3 and continue until May 22. Classes will be offered in the mornings and evenings and will be held at Ultratec, located at 450 Science Drive in Madison. If you are interested in learning more about the program, join us on March 1…

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Lise Hamlin represented HLAA at the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) Disability Advisory Committee (DAC)

Lise Hamlin represented HLAA at the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) Disability Advisory Committee (DAC) meeting on September 22, 2016. Lise co-chairs the Video Programming Committee, and sits on the Relay/Equipment Distribution Subcommittee, Relay Working Group, and the Technology Transitions Subcommittee, which worked on recommendations presented to the full DAC. Three recommendations that will directly benefit consumers with hearing loss were approved without dissent at the meeting. The recommendations are concerning: Internet Protocol (IP) captioned telephone service quality standards 911 training…

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HLAA Applauds New Study

Link to Article on hearingloss.org History was made on Thursday, June 2, at 11 a.m. when people with hearing loss were thrust into the nation’s limelight. HLAA applauds a new report issued by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the Academies) Hearing Health Care for Adults: Priorities for Improving Access and Affordability. The groundbreaking report documents the critical nature of hearing loss and provides 12 recommendations that underscore hearing loss as a significant public health concern. HLAA is…

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Your opportunity to try a Roger Pen, Assistive Device

Roger Pen Demo The Madison Chapter has two Roger Pens for HLAA members to try. The pen is a wireless microphone that allows you to understand in noise and over distance. It reduces background noise and keeps you connected in virtually every listening situation. It is fully automatic. The Roger comes with the pen, receiver, charger, cords and headset. HLAA chapters were given these pens to have members evaluate them. So, you must sign an application and agree to complete…

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HLAA Selected by the U.S. Department of Transportation for Advisory Committee on Accessible Air Transportation

This is from “This Week in Bethesda,” a weekly newsletter from National, May 20 edition. HLAA Selected by the U.S. Department of Transportation for Advisory Committee on Accessible Air Transportation Lise Hamlin, director of public policy, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to represent people with hearing loss on the newly chartered Advisory Committee on Accessible Air Transportation (ACCESS Advisory Committee). The ACCESS Advisory Committee was chartered to enter into a negotiated rulemaking (Reg-Neg) that will…

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Wisconsin Department of Transportation Installs Hearing Loop at Milwaukee Train Station

Tue, 03/08/2016 By Alex Zank March 1, 2016: Volunteers with hearing loss from the community visited the nearly finished reconstructed Milwaukee Intermodal Station train passenger concourse late last week to test its new hearing loop technology, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. The technology better enables those using hearing aids or cochlear implants to pick up on sound systems in a building. During reconstruction, workers embedded copper coils in the concrete to enable the technology, which consists of a…

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Hearing Loss: Facts & Statistics

HEARING LOSS: Facts & Statistics * Hearing loss is the third most prevalent hearth issue in older adults, after arthritis and heart disease. * 80% of people with hearing los who could benefit from a hearing aid do not wear one. * Less than 30% of adults ages 70 or older who could benefit from hearing aids actually use them. * Less than 16% of adults aged 20 to 69 who would benefit use a hearing aid. * Even a…

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