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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

A Special Message To You From Barbara Kelley, HLAA Executive Director

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What An Amazing Walk Day Celebration! Thank You!

For feedback on the recent Kentucky Walk4Hearing, please CLICK on the following link: Kentucky Walk4Hearing Feedback

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

This Fall Brings Lots of Events including Remembering Founder’s Day!

This November 27, 2020, marks our organization’s founding in 1979. Founder Rocky Stone began our organization as Self Help for Hard of Hearing People, a moniker of the times when the self-help movement was gaining ground. The first SHHH Chapter was established in Gainesville, Georgia. Please CLICK on the following link: Founder's Day

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

Cournoyer, who was born deaf, understood the instructions the nurse gave her only because she could read her nurse's lips through a transparent face mask. The mask had been custom-made for her by a volunteer who lives nearby in Salisbury, N.C. Please CLICK on the following link: Transparent Face Mask Demand

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

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Know About Census 2020 And How It Impacts Kentucky

Learn more about Census 2020 and how it impacts Kentucky. Please CLICK on the following link: Census 2020

Walk4Hearing Update And Registration Details

The Walk4Hearing is celebrating its 15th anniversary and you can help make our campaign bigger than ever! Please CLICK on the following link: Walk4Hearing

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

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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.
§  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.  

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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