EarQ, a company that provides consulting to hearing health care practices and education, recognized the contributions of HLAA Chapters. Their website states: "At local community levels, organizations are building a foundation from which great changes can be made. There are hundreds of these localized movements occurring, but here are snapshots of just some of the efforts made by organizations in 2013 and plans for 2014.
United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced the Technology, Education, and Accessibility in College and Higher Education (“TEACH”) Act February 27, 2014. This bipartisan legislation would help strengthen the accessibility of educational technologies for college students with disabilities. Senator Warren announced her introduction of the legislation at a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) hearing on “Promoting College Access and Success For Students With Disabilities.”
Almost 10 years after consumer groups filed a petition with the FCC requesting standards for caption quality, the FCC has acted. On February 20, at their Open Meeting the FCC voted unanimously to upgrade TV closed captioning quality.
HLAA is invited to contribute to a panel discussing the future of IP-based Relay Services, by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The FCC is developing and funding interagency research on IP-based technologies. The workshop was convened to gather information on the kinds of research that is needed to improve TRS. The FCC is partnering with the National Institute on Aging for this grant.
Margaret Walhagen, Ph.D., Vice Chairperson of the HLAA Board of Trustees Speaks Out About Screening Older Adults for Hearing Loss
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 10, 2014
Anna Gilmore Hall, HLAA Executive Director
Ronnie Adler, Director of Walk4Hearing
Hearing Loss Association of America Announces Inaugural
Walk4Hearing Ambassador to Raise Awareness of
Hearing Loss and the Walk4Hearing
HLAA filed comments with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding their draft guidance entitled:
"Regulatory Requirements for Hearing Aid Devices and Personal Sound Amplification Products.''
This draft guidance is intended to clarify the distinction between hearing aids and personal sound amplification products (PSAPs), as well as the regulatory controls that apply to each. This draft guidance is not final nor is it in effect at this time.
HLAA filed comments January 24, 2014, with the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board) regarding their Notice of Proposed Rulemaking covering passenger vessels.
HLAA Files a Friend of the Court Brief Supporting Equal Access to Captioned Telephones