The National Office of HLAA recently announced that hearing loss was recently included in the CDC report on disabilities. This is important because without good documentation of the prevalence of hearing loss, there is little incentive to improve services. You can read the announcement below or here on the National HLAA website.
On August 17, the CDC came out with their 2018 report, “The Prevalence of Disabilities and Health Care Access by Disability and Status Type among Adults – United States, 2016.” This time, hearing loss was included.
In all there were six disabilities people were asked about. Hearing loss was added to the original five: cognition, independent living, mobility, self-care, and vision. The CDC said by adding the sixth disability (hearing loss) to the list the number of adults ages 18 and above who have a disability jumped from one in five to one in four.The study authors report this as a key finding.
These studies are important because they help shape public policy and services concerning people with disabilities. When you read the report, keep in mind the CDC only asked about being “deaf or having a serious difficulty hearing.” Therefore, their findings might seem low to you, but they didn’t take into account all levels of hearing loss. People also had to self-report via a telephone survey. However, their conclusions align with other scientific surveys.
Thank you, CDC, for adding hearing loss to your list!
Friday, July 13th was a dark and stormy night, not fit for man nor beast. Well, it didn’t start out that way. The Madison Chapter’s social and hearing awareness night at the Madison Mallards minor league game was a success as far as our goal of informing the public about hearing loss went.
We set up our resource table inside the gate and handed out hearing loss literature to the fans as they came in. We distributed information about HLAA, our chapter, hearing aids, and hearing loops. We offered those with hearing aids a pack of hearing aid batteries donated by Rayovac. “Super Hearing Man”, Emil Quast, who is also Wisconsin’s state chapter coordinator, worked the crowd as they came in. We passed out lots of literature and batteries. Peggy Troller and Jack Spear handed out information along with Linda Conlon and I.Linda Conlin and Jerry Lapidakis, Chapter Leaders
With members of HLAA Madison working together, all who entered the ballpark had contact with us. There was no excuse for someone with hearing aids not to get some free batteries and information about HLAA. It was all going fine. We took our seats for the game. Super Hearing Man threw out the first pitch and the game began. We did notice those menacing, dark clouds coming in from the west but thought maybe they would pass us by.“Super Hearing Man” (and Wisconsin State Chapter Coordinator), Emil Quast
In the second inning, the rains came. Boy, did they come. Heavy, driving rain and lightning got us all soaked. Eventually, the Mallards called the game. At first, we perched under the roof of the stands but even there the wind drove the rain to our protective perches. The smart ones, who anticipated the coming storm, had umbrellas and rain gear. The rest of us did not and continued to get soaked as we made our way to the parking lot to leave for home.
The Mallards have graciously offered us a “do-over” of the event. We can reschedule for a later game this season, offer individuals vouchers for a future game, or receive a credit towards a game next year. We are currently considering the options.
The game was both a member social and a wonderful chance to interact with the public about hearing loss. The chapter sold 29 tickets to the event in advance. We were able to talk to many people and, hopefully, raise awareness in the general population. We accomplished those goals, thanks to the energy and support of chapter members. Hey, a little rain isn’t going to stop us from getting out the word about hearing loss and HLAA. And it certainly didn’t stop us from having some fun doing it. We definitely plan to do this again, only without the rain storm!
Submitted by Jerry Lapidikas, Chapter Leader and HLAA-WI President
HEARING AID FAIRY TO THE RESCUE
Peggy Troller has been a nurse for 34 years – and she likes to make work fun. “I would say I am the silly one on the unit. I am always for keeping things lively,” said Troller.
She has been at UW Health for four years working in the Transitional Care program. Although Troller may have a fun-loving attitude, she knows how to get down to business. She has created a program that is important to patients and quite personal to her.
Troller has been wearing hearing aids for 22 years.
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