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Thank You, CEC Theaters!

Aug 27 2012

Movie theaters are rapidly going digital. With digital movie equipment, bringing captions to the patron’s seat is much more doable. We have reported on Regal, Cinemark and AMC rolling out their digital captioning devices. We recently learned that CEC Theaters are doing the same in the Midwest. CEC says on their website:

CEC Theatres currently operates over 120 screens in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Nebraska. With company headquarters still located in St. Cloud, MN, CEC Theatres remains a family-owned company with a commitment to bringing state-of-the-art theatre facilities to the communities it serves.

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Workplace Noise Dangers for Hearing Loss

Aug 13 2012

"In 2008, approximately 2 million workers were exposed to noise levels that put them at risk of hearing loss.” -National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

With on-the-job, noise-induced hearing loss a widespread occupational issue, it’s easy to see it’s a problem that needs attention. Safety managers have long struggled with having to include recordable cases in the OSHA 300 log. It’s obvious no one wants to see their employees get hurt, or find that by the time noise-induced hearing loss is recognized, the damage has already been done.

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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