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HLAA Supports Utah Legislation Requiring Better Education of Consumers

Feb 11 2015

Hearing Loss Association of America supports Utah State HB 112, which modifies the requirements for practicing as an audiologist or as a hearing instrument specialist by requiring licensed audiologists or licensed hearing instrument specialists to inform each patient about Assistive Listening Systems that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act standards (section 219) and how hearing instruments interface with these systems.

See our letter.

Consumers Weigh in on FCC’s Captioning Quality Proceeding

Jan 13 2015

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.

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HLAA Comments in E911 Proceeding

Jan 13 2015

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 Files Comments on Hearing Aid Coverage

Jan 13 2015

HLAA  Files Comments with CMS Concerning Hearing Aid Coverage

HLAA joined other consumer organizations that filed document with federal regulatory agencies in December 2014 and early January, 2015:

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.

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