Category: Organizations

Thank you to Santa’s Deaf Elves!

img_9670We are deeply grateful to the support of Deaf women in the Bay Area who created some lovely holiday baskets for Deaf survivors.

[image description: Alyce Slater Reynolds (white woman with short red hair, glasses, wearing a black top and an orange and black scarf) and Amber Hodson (white woman with chin length brown hair, wearing a black top)  are standing together in front of a white wall covered with black and white framed photos.  They are smiling at the camera and holding between them a basket of items wrapped with a holiday ribbon.]

Bipartisan Bill Planned to Make Hearing Aids More Accessible and Affordable

Thu, 11/17/2016

By far the most frequently asked question into the HLAA national office is: “How do I afford hearing aids?” The most frequently viewed page on our website is the Financial Assistance page. Clearly there is a need for more affordable and accessible hearing devices.

For those with mild to moderate hearing loss, there is good news: U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) announced that they will introduce the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2016. The bipartisan legislation would make certain types of hearing aids available over the counter (OTC) and remove unnecessary and burdensome requirements that currently create barriers for consumers who could benefit from hearing aids. Approximately 30 million Americans experience age-related hearing loss, yet only about 14 percent of those with hearing loss use assistive hearing technology, often because they cannot afford costly hearing aids.

Senator Grassley’s office reached out to HLAA for input and we will work with them to ensure that language concerning consumer protection measures and consumer education is included in the bill. We are also happy that legislation is being considered, that the need for an affordable option to high cost hearing aids for so many people is being taken seriously.

Read more on Senator Grassley’s website.

Apple Responds to the Concerns of People With Hearing Loss About New iPhone

Wed, 11/02/2016

In the weeks following Apple’s announcement that new iPhones will not have a headset jack, HLAA received more than one call from people outraged by the company’s decision. Apple did not consider the impact removing the jack would have on people with hearing loss who use and depend on a neckloop or other wired solution to hear audio on the phone. When we brought this issue to Apple they responded.

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Looking for Committee Members!

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The NAD wants you to join one of the NAD’s committees!  

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Deaf History That — “Laura Bridgman”

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Learn about the beginning of the DeafBlind education in America, thanks to Laura Bridgman. #IWD2016 #deafhistoryTHAT #ASLstories  If you’re reading this from your mobile, view the video here.

Community Workshop – Access in Correctional Settings

[description: Flyer with white background and purple color with a title “Community Workshop”” with a workshop description of: Attorneys from Disability Rights of California will provide a community workshop on rights to communication access for Deaf individuals in correctional settings. DRC will cover necessary steps that you and the Deaf community can take to advocate for this important right. When: Tuesday, September 27, 2016. Time: 1-3:30pm. Where: Alameda Family Justice Center 470 27th St. Oakland, CA 94612 2nd Floor Conference Room. Bottom left is logo of DRC and bottom left is the logo of DeafHope. ]

TDI Issues Letter of Concern to Toyota

Wed, 09/07/2016

Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI) has issued a Letter of Concern to Toyota Motor Corporation about carbon monoxide poisoning incidents affecting the deaf and those with hearing loss. More than a dozen deaths have been reported due to cars with keyless ignitions not being shut off when the occupant leaves the vehicle. The obvious issue for those with hearing loss is that they can’t hear the car’s engine if it is left running.

When parking the car in an enclosed space such as a garage, some people tend to forget that the car will not turn off if they do not press the button to shut off the engine. As a result, if the garage’s air is shared with the rest of the house, the carbon monoxide can spread into the house, potentially jeopardizing all within.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has proposed a rule that would require manufacturers to install an audible alert in vehicles with keyless ignitions to notify drivers that the engine is still running. Under the rule, an alert of at least 85 decibels would sound if the key fob is removed from the car while the engine is still running. The sound level would be similar to that of a smoke alarm and audible both inside and outside the vehicle.

TDI has taken action by issuing a formal letter outlining its concerns to Toyota. A copy of the letter was sent to other major automobile manufacturers and to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Read the letter.

America’s Most Common Workplace Injury is Hearing Loss

Fri, 09/02/2016

An article in USA Today brings attention to the high risk of hearing loss in the workplace caused by loud noise. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hearing loss is the most common work-related injury, with 22 million workers exposed annually to hazardous levels of occupational noise.

Read the full article.

Hearing Loss Can Creep up on You Stealthily

Mon, 08/15/2016

A Washington Post article published on August 14, 2016 brings awareness to a range of issues faced by those with hearing loss. While it focuses mainly on age-related, gradual-onset hearing loss (in fact it points out the challenges former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn face because of their hearing loss), it also discusses topics such as the social, psychological and physical implications of hearing loss, hearing aid cost, Medicare coverage, and the stigma associated with it. In addition, it also highlights the recent reports by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine.

Read the article.

Try NTID’s Hearing Test and Give Feedback

Fri, 08/12/2016

Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf is making available a patent-pending hearing test that makes it possible for anyone to screen their hearing from the comfort of their home.  To take the test you’ll need to provide an email address.  Your email address will NOT be used for future communications.  The email address simply allows you to access your data on subsequent test administrations, or simply to view the results of a previous test administration.  The test utilizes sentences like those heard in everyday listening situations.  Take the hearing test.