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Happy New Year From HLAA!
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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
Advanced Bionics Coffee Chats
To learn more about cochlear implants, you are invited to come to an AB chat or office day near you. Click on one of the links below to find the events happening near you:
Columbus, OH: Columbus, OH
Cincinnari, OH: Cincinnati, OH
Cleveland, OH: Cleveland, OH
Toledo, OH: Toledo, OH
Louisville, KY: Louisville, KY
Lexington, KY: Lexington, KY
Help Save The Minnesota Chemical Dependency Program For Deaf And Hard Of Hearing Individuals
This Program, which began in 1989, has benefited over 1650 clients. On December 6, 2019, the Program staff was informed that the program will close in February 2020, due to budget cuts. We are reaching out to our readers to help reverse this decision by contacting Fairview Health Services by letter to express alarm about the decision to close the Minnesota Program after 30 years of service. Please CLICK on the following link to read the statement from the Program's Founding Director and to then send in your letter to the address provided. Thank you! Statement
Registration Is Now Open For The HLAA2020 Convention
The time has come to register for HLAA2020 Convention in New Orleans! Don’t miss your chance to register with our early-bird pricing until Monday, March 2, 2020. Please CLICK on the following link: HLAA2020 Convention Registration
A Message From Barbara Kelley, Executive Director HLAA
Brain Boosters: How Hearing Aids May Help Cognition, Balance and Tinnitus
Please join Heuser Hearing Institute on October 16th for a presentation on how hearing aids are beneficial beyond "hearing" and can have a positive impact on other areas of our lives, such as cognition, balance and tinnitus. Please CLICK on the following link for details: Presentation
Advocacy For Community Impact Training
This workshop is designed for health advocates, community leaders, nonprofit organizations, frontline service providers, and outreach workers who want to strengthen their advocacy skills and train others to become effective health advocates. Please CLICK on the following link for details: Advocacy For Community Impact Training
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!
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
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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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