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Announcing HLAA 2021 Virtual Convention Registration Is Now Open!
We are pleased to announce that HLAA 2021 Virtual Convention registration is OPEN! Join us June 24-26 to learn the latest about hearing health, communication access and the technologies and strategies that help people with hearing loss live well. This three-day event includes a research symposium on Hearing Care for All, and robust workshops on advances in hearing aids, accessibility through mobile devices, hearing access in the workplace and more. Please CLICK on the following link for more details: HLAA 2021 Virtual Convention Registration
HLAA Receives Permission from the FDA to Host a Meeting on Sensorineural Hearing Loss on May 25
HLAA has received permission from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to host an Externally-Led Patient-Focused Drug Development Meeting (EL-PFDD) for People and Families Living with Sensorineural Hearing Loss on Tuesday, May 25, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., U.S. ET. This is a YouTube Live virtual meeting, and all are welcome to attend. You can pop in and out of the live meeting. The meeting will be recorded, and the recording will be available 48 hours after the meeting.
This is the FIRST meeting of this kind on hearing loss that the FDA has given permission to hold. Please CLICK on the following link: Important Meeting
Spotlight On Jeannie Taylor - Chair of KCDHH’s Commission Board
The following article was taken from the April 2021 edition of the KCDHH Communicator newsletter, under KCDHH Spotlight Q&A. The interviewer was Jayna Oakley, Information Office Supervisor.
Jeannie Taylor is one of HLAA's contacts for the Bowling Green area and is Chair of KCDHH’s Commission Board. Please CLICK on the following link: Spotlight
Spring Is Coming ... And So Is Walk4Hearing!
This spring, Walk4Hearing is in cities and neighborhoods around the country raising awareness for hearing health and generating funds for essential resources and programs that help people live well with hearing loss.We will celebrate together online during one spectacular Walk4Hearing Weekend, and then walk in our neighborhoods! For the fall season, we are hopeful to be back in-person, and will update you in the coming months. Please CLICK on the following link to register: Register HERE!
Learn About CMV And Bella's Bill!
Congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection is a major cause of childhood deafness. Most CMV infections are not diagnosed without newborn screening, resulting in missed opportunities for directed care. Please CLICK on the following link: Bella's Bill
Captioned Telephone Service Study Opportunity
Many members of HLAA use a captioned telephone service, also known as Internet Protocol (IP)-based Captioned Telephone Services (IP-CTS). The Rochester Institute of Technology and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (RIT/NTID) is seeking participants for an important study to assess current IP-CTS Telephone Services applications. This study is sponsored by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Please CLICK on the following link: Captioned Telephone Service Study
Survey finds Face masks Inhibit Communication For 95% Of People With Hearing Loss
This is according to a new survey conducted by the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) in partnership with Cochlear Limited. Hearing loss is an invisible disease that affects almost 50 million Americans. The online survey of 1,399 participants sought to find out the pandemic's impact on those in the hearing loss community, including individuals with hearing loss, their loved ones and their hearing health care professionals. Please CLICK on the following link: Results of Survey
HLAA Appointed to the FCC’s Disability Advisory Committee
HLAA has once again been appointed to sit on the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) Disability Advisory Committee (DAC). Please CLICK on the following link: Announcement
HLAA's Concerns For Consumers Reaches The FDA
Following the signing of the Over-the-Counter (OTC) Hearing Aid Act of 2017, the FDA was on track to issue regulations by the law’s deadline of August 2020. That deadline has come and gone without new rules in place. During this period, bad actors have stepped in to fill this vacuum and begun to advertise OTC hearing aids on television and on the internet, even though there are no products that can claim to be OTC hearing aids, according to the FDA Hearing Aids | FDA. Please CLICK on the following link: HLAA's Concerns For Consumers Reaches The FDA
U.S. Department Of Transportation Announces Final Rule On Traveling By Air With Service Animals
The U.S. Department of Transportation announced that it is revising its Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) regulation on the transportation of service animals by air to ensure a safe and accessible air transportation system. Please CLICK on the following link: Final Rule On Traveling By Air With Service Animals
All Is Calm: Our Hopes For Tinnitus
These phrases from “Silent Night”, the beautiful Christmas carol, are the goal for anyone who lives with tinnitus—especially the rough, unrelenting tinnitus that prevents us from getting to sleep, staying asleep, or getting back to sleep when we awake at 2am and the whooshes and whines roar into our heads like trains. Please CLICK on the following link: All Is Calm
HLAA Files Comments With USPSTF On Hearing Screening
In October 2020, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) published draft recommendations concluding that “the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for hearing loss in older adults.”HLAA continues to support screening for hearing loss for adults and is disappointed in the conclusions made by the USPSTF. Please CLICK on the following link for more details: HLAA Files Comments With USPSTF On Hearing Screening
Take The Survey: "COVID-19 And Its Impact On The HLAA Community
We’re asking our HLAA community to take part in a unique opportunity to provide responses and thoughts to our survey, COVID-19 and its Impact on the HLAA Community. In partnership with Cochlear, we seek to gain and share insights to shed light on the obstacles being faced within the community of people with hearing loss during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please CLICK on the following link: Survey
COVID-19 & Kids' Hearing Health Care: Your Participation Needed!
Our friends at the University of Kentucky are launching a research study to understand how COVID-19 has impacted families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. You may be eligible to participate if you are a Kentucky parent of a child (ages 0-17) who is deaf or hard of hearing (or in the process of being diagnosed), followed in hearing healthcare, and lives the majority of the time in your home. You will complete one survey at the beginning of the study and a second survey six months later. Information provided by parents/guardians involved in this research study will help us learn about unmet needs in Kentucky. A $25 gift card will be provided to eligible parents/guardians who complete the survey. Please CLICK on the following link for details: Learn More
Landmark International Consensus Paper Published on Cochlear Implant Treatment for Adult Hearing Loss
HLAA Executive Director Barbara Kelley, U.S. co-chair of the CAPAC, says, “The publication is a major step forward in clarifying when cochlear implants are a treatment option for adults. I’m pleased that HLAA could be part of this process and add the consumer voice. Our hope is that people with hearing loss can make informed choices about their own hearing loss and live healthy lives.” Please CLICK on the following link: Landmark International Consensus Paper
Demand Surges For See-Through Face Masks
Survey - Have you Been Diagnosed And Sought Treatment For Your Hearing Loss?
A clinical-stage healthcare company, developing new innovations for treating hearing loss, is conducting a brief 10-minute survey to better understand the impact hearing loss has had on you. This insight will directly inform future research efforts on cutting-edge treatments. Please CLICK on the following link for more details: Survey
Save The Date! HLAA2021 Convention In San Diego June 24th to 26th 2021
Please CLICK on the following link for details: HLAA2021 Convention
Hearing Loss And Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources
Please CLICK on the following link: Hearing Loss And COVID-19 Resources
HLAA Partners with American Girl® to Increase Education and Awareness of Hearing Loss
American Girl Donates $25,000 to Support Hearing Loss Association of America in Honor of its 2020 Girl of the Year™, Joss Kendrick. Please CLICK on the following link: Partnership
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
American Red Cross: Free Fire Alarms For The Deaf And Hard Of Hearing
Please CLICK on the following link for details: Free Fire Alarms
Does Our Personality Affect How We Deal With Our Hearing Loss? Take Part In The Following Survey!
Please CLICK on the following link: Survey
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
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.
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.
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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