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HLAA Works on Greater Access to HAC Phones

Dec 10 2014

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. 

HLAA Supports Greater Access to Movie Captioning

Dec 10 2014

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.

HLAA Signs Historic Agreement on Movie Captioning

Nov 21 2014

NATO panel
Panel at the table, from left: John Fithian (NATO, president & CEO); John Stanton (AG Bell, volunteer); I. King Jordan, Ph.D. (Gallaudet University, president emeritus, and ALDA); Anna Gilmore Hall (Hearing Loss Association of America, executive director); Andrew Phillips
(NAD, policy counsel); Randy Smith (Regal Entertainment Group, senior vice president,
chief administrative officer & counsel)

HLAA Urges Access to Video Clips on the Internet

Nov 4 2014

HLAA, along with other consumer organizations filed comments with the FCC in response to their Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Regarding Video Clips viewed on the Internet. In these comments we commended the Commission’s continued attention to ensuring equal access to IP-delivered video clips and urged the FCC to continue to ensure that video clips are captioned online. The filing can be found in the FCC’s docket here

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HLAA Asks Senator Harkin to Support Wireless 911 Location Accuracy Rules

Nov 4 2014

HLAA supports the use of technology that would allow first responders to locate individuals in an emergency with greater accuracy. Technology that can provide greater accuracy is needed for everyone, but is particularly important for people who cannot speak for themselves during an emergency. In support of these efforts, HLAA joined organizations in writing a letter to Senator Harkin requesting support for action on the proposed rules for wireless 911 location accuracy. Here is more information about the filing.

HLAA Opposes CMS’ Proposed Rules on Bone-Anchored Hearing Devices

Sep 10 2014

September 2, 2014, Hearing Loss Association of America filed comments with CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) in opposition to the proposed roll back of rules that would disallow Medicare coverage for bone-anchored hearing devices. We argued that these devices should be considered prosthetic devices under the rules, and that the coverage should include both osseointegrated devices and any innovations that are developed to help those who cannot successfully use hearing aids, such as dental-anchored conductive devices.

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