On May 13, 2014, the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau released a Public Notice granting conditional certification to Miracom USA to provide Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS), a form of telecommunications relay services (TRS) that is eligible for compensation from the Interstate TRS Fund. Miracom stated in its application for certification that it plans to offer IP CTS under a brand name, InnoCaption, which is designed for registered users to place and receive IP CTS calls with their mobile devices.
Please join the Better Hearing Institute in raising awareness of the link between hearing loss and other health issues for Better Hearing & Speech Month in May. One way is to join their Listen to Hearing Loss! Thunderclap campaign. Thunderclap is a tool that allows us to sync Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr messages so we can all shout it out at once—automatically. Please sign up today to join in the message which goes out on May 22.
The Famous Jacob’s Ride will be Completed on May 31 in Miami When Florida Marlins Play the Atlanta Braves
Jacob Landis returns to Florida to finish the last 180 miles of his 2013 ride that took him to all 30 Major League Baseball Parks to raise awareness about hearing loss. See Flier
HLAA Board of Trustees member and author, Katherine Bouton, writes about Alex Justh and how his parents finally got his hearing loss diagnosed at age two. Like most newborns in the United States, Alex had a hearing test at birth. He failed but his parents were told not to worry.
Read Bouton's article, "A Son's Deafness Prompts a Scientific Journey" in the New York Times here
Even in a crowded room full of background noise, the human ear is remarkably adept at tuning in to a single voice—a feat that has proved remarkably difficult for computers to match. A new analysis of the underlying mechanisms, conducted by researchers at MIT, has provided insights that could ultimately lead to better machine hearing, and perhaps to better hearing aids as well.