FCC Accessibility Updates for People with Hearing Loss

Please join the next HLAA Webinar featuring FCC accessibility updates for people with hearing loss.   The webinar will be held on Wednesday, August 26 at 2 p.m., ET.  Registration is required in order to receive login information. HLAA WEBINAR Federal Communications Commission Accessibility Updates for People with Hearing Loss (Registration is required)  Diane Burstein Deputy Bureau Chief, FCC Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau Suzy Rosen Singleton Chief, Disability Rights Office, FCC Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau Eliot Greenwald Deputy Chief, Disability Rights Office, FCC Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau Date: Wednesday, August 26, 2020 Time: 2 p.m. (ET), 1 p.m. (CT), 12 p.m. …

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Policy & Politics: Why Hearing Aids Are Not Covered by Medicare

Hearing Journal: Policy & Politics: Why Hearing Aids Are Not Covered by Medicare — cover story by Gordon Glantz It is unclear what former Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter meant when he said: “All our work, our whole life is a matter of semantics, because words are the tools with which we work, the material out of which laws are made, out of which the Constitution was written. Everything depends on our understanding of them.” It comes down to how words are heard, then interpreted. For the hearing impaired, both hearing and interpretation seemingly form an unholy alliance when it …

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HLAA Supports Bipartisan Senate Bill “Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2016”

From the National Website of Hearing Loss Association of America: Tue, 12/06/2016 On December 1, 2016, Senate Bill S.9 was introduced by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to provide for the regulation of over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids. The “Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2016” would make certain types of hearing aids available over the counter and remove many of the barriers for consumers who could benefit from hearing aids.   HLAA is a supporter of the bill, along with AARP, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), Bose Corporation, and the Gerontological Society of America (GSA). HLAA has sent …

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