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Notice of Public Hearings
The Kentucky Office for the Blind and Office for Vocational Rehabilitation have scheduled 10 public hearings in May and June 2018 to give the public and other interested parties an opportunity to comment on proposed changes including consolidation of the agencies, combined state plan revisions and Order of Selection of consumers for services. Please CLICK on the following link for details: Notice of Public Hearings
Hearing Loss Technology Conference Announced
An all day conference on Hearing Loss Technology has been announced by the Advisory Committee for Hearing Loss Awareness. Sponsored by the Governor's Commission on Disability and the Commission for Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the conference is intended to raise awareness of hearing loss and of the technology available to help address it. The conference will take place on May 9 2018 at the Albuquerque Sheraton Uptown. Please CLICK on the following link for details and registration: Conference Details And Registration
The Senate Of The Commonwealth Of Kentucky Recognizes Our Webmaster For Receipt of The HLAA 2017 Chapter Website Award
Our webmaster, David Robertson, recently received the following statement of recognition, on the motion of Senator Jimmy Higdon, for having been named by the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) as the worthy recipient of its 2017 Chapter Website Award for his outstanding work on chapter website development. Please CLICK on the following link to view the statement: Recognition Statement
Important News Release: HLAA Strongly Supports Recommendations Of The National Academies Of Sciences, Engineering, And Medicine's Report - 'Hearing Health Care For Adults: Priorities For Improving Access And Affordability'
HLAA strongly supports the recommendations outlined in the Academies’ report. They clearly emphasize that the individual with hearing loss – the consumer – should be the primary focus in the provision of hearing health care. This directly aligns with the mission of HLAA. Please CLICK on the following link for more details: News Release
Visor Cards, ICE Cards, Etc. - What They Are, Why You Need Them And Where To Get Them
The Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH) have visor cards for those in Kentucky. An ICE (In Case of Emergency) Communication Card and a business card for communication are also available. The Visor Communication Card Program is a combined effort of the Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH) and the Kentucky State Police. The laminated cards, which feature simple traffic signs on the front, with specialized instructions for law enforcement on the back, are being distributed to deaf, oral deaf and hard of hearing consumers throughout Kentucky.Please CLICK on the following link for details: Details
Also read up about the Becky Crawford Memorial Hospital Communication Kit. Please CLICK on the following link: Becky Crawford Memorial Hospital Communication Kit
Also, to find details on Emergency Preparedness, please CLICK on the following link: Emergency Preparedness
American Red Cross: Free Fire Alarms For Deaf And Hard Of Hearing
Did you know that in the interest of reducing injuries and deaths from fires, the American Red Cross is now distributing free fire/smoke alarms to qualifying deaf and hard of hearing Kentuckians? Please CLICK on the following link for details: Free Fire/Smoke Alarms
Know Your Rights During Holiday Travel
HLAA is very much aware of the problems of not being able to hear well in the airport or on the plane, and have been working on this for years. There is no denying it has been a long slow process, but we are moving forward. During this holiday season, here is some information that you should familiarize yourself with as you travel. Please CLICK on the following link: Know Your Rights During Holiday Travel
FCC Improves Phone Accessibility For People With Hearing Loss
The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday, October 24 approved updates to various Commission rules for hearing aid compatibility and volume control on wireline and wireless telephones. Please CLICK on the following link for details: FCC Improves Phone Accessibility For People With Hearing Loss
Universal Newborn Hearing Screening To Prevail Under EHDI Act Of 2017
Federal funding for universal newborn hearing screening will prevail until 2022 under the The Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Act of 2017, which officially became law last month. Please CLICK on the following link for details: Universal Newborn Hearing Screening To Prevail
Volunteer For The Listen Up Project! - Heuser Hearing Institute
Every year countless Kentuckians deal with the problems associated with hearing loss and are unable to financially afford the proper care needed to live a normal life. To help fill this void, The Listen Up! Project is creating an opportunity for you or a loved one to volunteer at one of the Heuser Institute's charitable foundations partners around Louisville in exchange for credit towards hearing aids. This pilot program has been made possible by a generous donation from Delta Dental of Kentucky's Make Smiles Happen program. Please CLICK on the following link for more details: Listen Up! Project
Congressman Brett Guthrie's Early Hearing Bill Passes The House. Next Step Is The President's Desk!
The Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act passed the House floor near the start of this month. Please CLICK on the following link for more details: Early Hearing Detection And Intervention Act
Senate Passes The Over-The-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 Bringing Affordable And Accessible Hearing Health Care Closer to Reality
The U.S. Senate today passed the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017. The bill was already passed by the House of Representatives on July 12. With this groundbreaking legislation Congress has sent a message to America that people with hearing loss need – and deserve – more affordable and accessible hearing health care. Please CLICK on the following link for more details: Over-The-Counter Hearing Aid Act Of 2017
It Is Good To Be Prepared When Pulled Over By The Police
This news article describes an item called The Pullover Pal. It is a pocket type folder that can hold driver’s license, insurance, registration etc. and can be draped over the window for quick access if one is pulled over by the police. This is especially helpful if one might have trouble hearing police instructions and accessing different locations in the vehicle might create anxiety and questions from the officer. Having everything in one place could make things easier and less stressful. Please CLICK on the following link for more details: Article
You can also purchase Deaf and Hard of Hearing Cards which identify you as HOH/deaf and may ease misunderstandings. Please CLICK on the following link for more information: Cards
The Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH) has visor alerts available as well. Please CLICK on the following link to access their website: KCDHH
Millions Of People Need Cheaper Hearing Aids Expert Warns
Barbara Kelley from the Hearing Loss Association of America told NBC News that it is vital for Congress to act to provide millions of hearing-impaired Americans with less expensive, quality hearing aids. Please CLICK on the following link: Interview
City Council Passes Legislation Making Public Meeting & Hearing Spaces Permanently Accessible To Those With Hearing Loss
Act Now! Fight A Serious Attack On The ADA!
The ADA is once again under attack by another "Notification" bill. The bill would erect major barriers to people enforcing their ADA rights gained 26 years ago. This bill is different than before: there is far more support for it, in both parties. Please CLICK on the following link for more details and act now: Act Now!
HLAA KY Home Chapter Thanks you!
Thank you for helping HLAA KY Home participate in the Kroger Rewards Program. Your participation and assistance is greatly appreciated. Please consider re-enrolling August 1 to keep HLAA KY Home involved. Re-enrollment starts on August 1st. Here is how to re-enroll:
§ Go to www.Kroger.com
§ Click the blue Sign In tab at top of the page.
§ Enter your email address and password and click the blue Sign In tab.
§ From the department menu, click Community, then Community Rewards
§ From Community Rewards, click on the Edit or Re-enroll button.
a. Find Organization (Search by keyword or nonprofit organization number - NPO #)
b. Select Organization (Click the button to the left of the organization)
c. Save your Selection (Click the Save button to save your selection.)
§ Call 1-800-KROGERS, Option #3, with questions.
Your Donation to HLAA Supports Consumer Choice
In October HLAA enthusiastically endorsed a new report to the President focused on new innovations in hearing device technology and increased choice for consumers of hearing aids. The findings of the report serve to open the market for new innovation in hearing device technologies and also increase choice for consumers of hearing aids. HLAA looks forward to engaging all stakeholders to ensure everything possible is being done to put the recommendations of the report into action. Your donation is an important part of HLAA’s work in support of consumer choice. Please CLICK on the following link for details: Donation
HLAA Strongly Supports Recommendations of PCAST Report "Aging America & Hearing Loss: Imperative of Improved Hearing Technologies"
The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), the nation’s leading organization representing people with hearing loss, enthusiastically endorses a new report issued by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). Please CLICK on the following link to read the details: PCAST Report
Hone Your Listening Skills With The LACE Program (Software)
Even people with normal hearing can have poor listening skills and miss portions of what is being said. For people with hearing loss—even those with hearing aids or cochlear implants—understanding speech in difficult listening environments can be a real challenge. The good news is your brain can be retrained to listen. Please CLICK on the following link to learn more: Hone Your Listening Skills
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