On Monday, October 24, 2011, The New York Times published a front page article on hearing loops, composer and HLAA Manhattan Chapter Member Richard Einhorn, and the Get in the Hearing Loop Campaign. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/24/science/24loops.html
By Tuesday, October 25, NYTimes reported it was their most e-mailed story. Their website had posted more than 125 comments from all over the country responding to the article. HLAA sent in a comment as well. Here’s what we wrote:
Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is thrilled to see this article. People with hearing loss are eager for information about technology to help them hear better: we hear from them daily. The Hearing Loop is a great way for people to get more satisfaction out of their hearing aids and cochlear implants. To learn more about loop systems please go to: http://www.hearingloss.org/content/get-hearing-loop
The best way to connect a hearing aid with a hearing loop, seamlessly, unobtrusively, and cost effectively is through a hearing aid that is equipped with a telecoil. We encourage consumers to request a telecoil when they purchase hearing aids. HLAA is promoting access to affordable hearing aids by supporting national legislation that would provide a tax credit for hearing aids, HR. 1479 and S. 905. In our September/October, 2011 issue of Hearing Loss Magazine, we talked about ways to find affordable hearing aids: be an educated consumer, learn about the different price points for hearing aids, and by looking at new models of delivering hearing aids, such as unbundling the cost of the services from the cost of the hearing aid itself.