Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI) has issued a Letter of Concern to Toyota Motor Corporation about carbon monoxide poisoning incidents affecting the deaf and those with hearing loss. More than a dozen deaths have been reported due to cars with keyless ignitions not being shut off when the occupant leaves the vehicle. The obvious issue for those with hearing loss is that they can’t hear the car’s engine if it is left running.
An article in USA Today brings attention to the high risk of hearing loss in the workplace caused by loud noise. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hearing loss is the most common work-related injury, with 22 million workers exposed annually to hazardous levels of occupational noise.
Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed House Bill (HB) 402, Delaware's "hearing loop education bill" into law on July 19, 2016. The Hearing Loss Association of America Delaware Chapters worked on this legislation as a critical key to success for the “Let’s Loop Delaware" project and as part of the Hearing Loss Association of America's “Let's Loop America" project.