HLAA signed onto comments in the FCC’s proceeding on Wireless E911 Location Accuracy. These comments urged the Commission to move forward to adopt its proposed rules and begin the process of protecting wireless callers indoors as well as they do outdoors. These comments also recommended that the FCC consider the carriers’ roadmap exploring address-based solutions along with other alternatives for near-term verifiable and achievable rules and emphasized that, whatever rules are adopted need to promote continued improvement in wireless E911 location accuracy.
HLAA continues to weigh in on the FCC’s caption quality proceeding, signing onto a letter sent to the FCC regarding pending requirements that video programming distributors (“VPDs”) obtain, and video programmers (“VPs”) provide, certifications of adherence to the Commission’s Best Practices for ensuring the quality of closed captions.
HLAA to Serve on Panel for Communication Access at the U.S. Access Board, January 12, 2015
HLAA staff was interviewed on December 12, 2014, for the article “How Five Associations Went from Adversaries to Allies.” In what is being called an historic agreement, several associations recently worked out to create closed-captioning access in every movie theater across the country. HLAA was a key player.
In November 2014, representatives from HLAA, TDI, and Gallaudet University met with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) staff in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau and the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau to discuss hearing aid compatible (HAC) wireless phones. At that meeting we were able to report on the results of our HAC Survey: “Can You Hear Me Now, Revisited,” as well as compare that to a similar HAC survey released in 2011.
If you missed our email about HLAA and other consumer groups’ agreement with the National Association of Theatre Owners to ensure greater access to captioned movies, read about it now.
HLAA and AG Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing filed additional comments with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to provide more input to the DOJ regarding movie captioning.
The holidays are times to get together with family and friends. We have nearly six weeks of the holiday season and under the best circumstances the holidays can be tiresome. If you have a hearing loss, this could be when you want to withdraw because of too much noise, not enough understanding conversations, and in the end, too much stress to deal with it all.
We have two articles for you and a transcript from a moderated chat to offer insight, tips, and strategies to make this holiday season a little easier, even with a hearing loss.
HLAA applauds the FCC’s release of its Public Notice on hearing aid compatible wireless phones. The issues the FCC raises are of vital importance to people with hearing loss who depend on wireless phones, particularly in an emergency.