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Be Sure To Register For The Seniors Open Symposium In Lexington On August 24th 2019

Seniors Open Symposium Lexington - August 24th
It's FREE and lunch is included!
Register NOW!

The Seniors Open Symposium slated to take place in Lexington, KY at the Lexington Senior Center on August 24th, 2019 is fast approaching.

Are you a Deaf or hard of hearing senior citizen? Are you a caregiver for a Deaf or hard of hearing senior citizen? Do you want to learn about Deaf and hard of hearing senior citizen care in Kentucky? If you answered “yes” to any of the previous questions, then you should join us at the symposium! The good news is, this event is free, and we’ll even give you a free lunch! Please CLICK on the following link: Register

Also, here are some videos describing what the symposium is about, why caregivers are encouraged to come, the agenda  and lots more! Please CLICK on the following link: Videos

HLAA Michiana Chapter - "Living Well With Hearing Loss Conference"

Living Well With Hearing Loss Conference
September 28, 9:00am to 2:30pm
Don't miss it!!

The HLAA Michiana Chapter is launching "Living Well with Hearing Loss Conference" September 28, 9 am to 2:30 pm at the Nappanee Indiana United Methodist Church where a hearing loop is installed. CART will be provided. The keynote speaker is Dr. Juliette Sterkens. Please CLICK on the following link for details: Details

Urgent - Northern Kentucky Housing Survey

There may be an opportunity for northern Kentucky to have housing designed/developed for deaf and hard of hearing residents sometime in the near future. First, there is a need to find out if there would be a demand for this type of housing in northern Kentucky and this is where your help is urgently needed!

The following survey has only 8 questions and it should only take a few minutes of your time. You do not need to give your name or any other personal information, just answer simple questions. Please take this quick survey and be sure to answer all questions and then click the “DONE” button at the bottom to submit your answers to us.

 We need for you to complete this survey by Wednesday, August 7, 2019. Thank you for your help! Please CLICK on the following link to enter the survey: 
Survey

Governor Bevin Makes Appointments to The Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Please CLICK on the following link for details: Appointments

The Road To Medicare Coverage Ends Here!

People are shocked to hear that Medicare does not cover hearing aids. As the leading consumer organization for people with hearing loss, the time is right for HLAA to push for hearing aid coverage – it is a huge concern for HLAA members and constituents and there has been new activity in Congress on this issue. Please CLICK on the following link for details: The Road To Medicare Coverage Ends Here!

Cheers To 40 Years!

You might find yourself “between two worlds” – that’s the way Rocky Stone, the founder of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) described it 40 years ago and what led him to start this organization. He believed that with technology people with hearing loss could stay in the hearing world. Does this describe you? Please CLICK on the following link: Cheers To 40 Years!

Ring In The Spring With The 2019 HLAA Walk4Hearing!

Please CLICK on the following link for details: Ring In The Spring!

AG Bell Launches Parent Hotline For Hearing-Loss Support

The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) recently launched a confidential, bilingual (English/Spanish) hotline for parents and other caregivers of children newly identified with hearing loss. Please CLICK on the following links for more details: Parent Hotline For Hearing-Loss Support Videos

Supporting Social And Emotional Health Across The Lifespan: It Starts With Us!  Attend The 2019 System Of Care Academy

The Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental & Intellectual Disabilities and Eastern Kentucky University invite primary care providers, clinicians, prevention specialists, educators, child care providers, Family Resource & Youth Service Center staff, juvenile justice staff, family and juvenile services staff, community-based services staff, public health staff, families, youth, and interested community members to attend the 2019 System of Care Academy. Please CLICK on the following links:

'Save The Date' Details Call For Presentations Presenter Entry Form

American Red Cross: Free Fire Alarms For The Deaf And Hard Of Hearing

Please CLICK on the following link for details: Free Fire Alarms

KCDHH: Board Vacancies And Volunteer EMS Interpreters Needed!

Volunteer interpreters for emergency situations across the state of Kentucky are desperately needed! Please contact KCDHH if you can help. Also please CLICK on the following link to learn more about KCDHH Board vacancies: KCDHH Board Vacancies

Does Our Personality Affect How We Deal With Our Hearing Loss? Take Part In The Following Survey!

Please CLICK on the following link: Survey

We Are Thankful For You - Our Donors!

HLAA represents you – people who have hearing loss who want to stay in the hearing world, on the job, and be engaged with others.  Please CLICK on the following link: We Are Thankful!

Real ID: New Driver's Licenses Explained

To satisfy the federally mandated standards for state driver's licenses or ID cards, beginning in 2019, Kentucky will be issuing “Real ID” compliant driver’s licenses and ID cards. The purpose of the Real ID program is to make flying in the United States safer for all Americans. If you live in the US and you plan to fly in the US, you will be required to have a Real ID by October 1, 2020. Please CLICK on the following link for more details: Real ID: New Driver's Licenses Explained

Volunteers Needed For The Telecare Program

Michelle Niehaus, LCSW Program Administrator for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services KY DBHDID has sent an update on the work of a Study Group on the Needs of Senior Citizens who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. Her department has partnered with ElderServe and are recruiting volunteers for the TeleCare program.  Volunteers will have a brief screening and a one hour training.  They will then call a senior between 1 and 5 times a week to check in. Once a pool of volunteers is formed, scheduled training will commence.  After that,  recruitment of Deaf or Hard of Hearing individuals  will take place to receive the calls. Volunteers can be from anywhere but will need to come to Louisville for a screening and training.  Call recipients must be from Jefferson County.

For more information please contact Michelle on (502) 782-6181 (V) or (502) 385-0460 (VP). You can also email to Michelle.Niehaus@ky.gov

Guidance On Preparing Pets And Animals For Disasters And Emergencies

Your pet is an important member of your household and the best way to protect your pet from the stress and disruption of an emergency is to have a disaster pet kit and a plan that includes whether you will stay at home or evacuate during an emergency event. Being ready increases the likelihood of survival for all involved and reduces stress and worry for both pets and their owners. Please CLICK on the following link for details: Guidance

Hearing Health Foundation Operation Regrow

Please CLICK on the following link: Operation Regrow

Message From KCDHH - Red Cross Volunteer Interpreters Needed!

Please CLICK on the following link for details: Interpreters Needed!

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

Accessibility And Translation For Live Shows

Using this mobile app, live shows, theater, music and opera can include everyone, anywhere. Please CLICK on the following link to learn more: App Details

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

Get Help Paying For Hearing Aids

Please CLICK on the following link: Help Paying For Hearing Aids

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

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

Major Looping Story In San Francisco Newspaper

Please CLICK on the following link: Looping Story

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

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.
§  Then, 
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.  

City Council Passes Legislation Making Public Meeting & Hearing Spaces Permanently Accessible To Those With Hearing Loss

In a major step forward for both accessibility and civic engagement, the New York City Council passed legislation today requiring that public assembly areas constructed or renovated using City dollars install "Hearing Loop" technology for those with hearing loss.Please CLICK on the following link for more details: City Council Hearing Loop Legislation

Join the HearingJourney™ Online Forum

The HearingJourney™ online forum is the premier place to chat, laugh, learn, and share stories about cochlear implants and hearing loss. It has over 30,000 participants, so why not register with it today. Please CLICK on the following link: Online Forum

A Cure For Hearing Loss and Tinnitus Is Within Our Grasp

Please CLICK on the following link to read up on the recent work carried out by the Hearing Health Foundation: Curing Hearing Loss

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