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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick Signs House Bill 52 Into Law!

Aug 7 2012

Massachusetts advocates were thrilled to learn that Governor Deval signed HB 52 into law August 7, 2012.

House Bill 52, “An Act to Provide Access to Hearing Aids for Children” would mandate insurance coverage for hearing aids for children 21 years old and younger, up to $2,000 per hearing aid every 36 months. On August 2, 2012 the Massachusetts State Legislature passed HB 52, a moment eight long years in the making.

Massachusetts Hearing Aids for Children Coalition (MassHACC) was thrilled. “It was a truly exciting day at the State House!" Rep. Garballey (Arlington) and Rep. Scibeck (South Hadley), Dave Koffman of Rep. Garballey's office and Michele Lisio of Rep. Haddad's office were present. Both the House and the Senate voted unanimously. House Bill 52 was signed into law August 7. http://masshafcc.blogspot.com

Teenagers Experienced Reduced Hearing Ability after Attending Concert

Jul 25 2012

Seventy-two percent of teenagers participating in a study experienced reduced hearing ability following exposure to a pop rock performance by a popular female singer.

M. Jennifer Derebery, M.D., House Clinic physician, along with the House Research Institute tested teens’ hearing before and after a concert and presented the study findings at the American Otologic Society meeting on April 21, 2012.

White House Observes ADA Anniversary

Jul 24 2012

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On Thursday, July 26, at 8:00 a.m. Eastern, please tune in as the White House observes the 22nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and hosts a discussion on the state of disability policy.  You can tune into the live stream which will have live captioning at http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

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Participate in Research at Johns Hopkins

Jul 18 2012

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Listen, there’s more to life …
Hearing loss is common in adults and can have a negative effect on quality of life. If you or a loved one currently experience hearing loss, you may want to talk to your doctor about a new research study being conducted for the treatment of mild to moderate age-related hearing loss.

FCC Issues Report and Order to Curb IP Relay Fraud

Jul 3 2012

In their Report and Order released June 29, 2012, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted rules that prohibit the temporary authorization of IP Relay users, other than emergency callers. All new users must have a verified registration and eligibility information on file before a service provider may issue a 10-digit number providing access to IP Relay.

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