Action Alert: Medicare Coverage of Hearing Aids

You may be aware that there is a movement afoot to expand Medicare to include hearing health care. That would mean for the first time, people who rely on Medicare...You may be aware that there is a movement afoot to expand Medicare to include hearing health care. That would mean for the first time, people who rely on Medicare to pay their medical bills would also be able to turn to Medicare to cover the cost of hearing aids and related services. The time … Read More >

Do You Believe Everything You Read on the Internet or See on TV?

Barbara Kelley Executive Director Hearing Loss Association of America. We have a response in our family when one of us shares a factoid suspect to truth. We reply sarcastically with,...Barbara Kelley Executive Director Hearing Loss Association of America. We have a response in our family when one of us shares a factoid suspect to truth. We reply sarcastically with, “It must be true if you read it on the Internet!” Something similar happened in the world of hearing health on July 9. President Biden … Read More >

Rules are Long Overdue

Lise Hamlin Director of Public Policy Hearing Loss Association of America President Joe Biden Issues Directive for Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids By Lise Hamlin President Joe Biden signed a sweeping Executive...Lise Hamlin Director of Public Policy Hearing Loss Association of America President Joe Biden Issues Directive for Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids By Lise Hamlin President Joe Biden signed a sweeping Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy | The White House on July 9, 2021. According to The Washington Post: “The executive order — … Read More >

President Biden Directs HHS to Consider Issuing Proposed Rules within 120 Days for Allowing Hearing Aids to be Sold Over the Counter

Today, U.S. President Biden issued an executive order that directs the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to consider issuing proposed rules within 120 days for allowing hearing...Today, U.S. President Biden issued an executive order that directs the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to consider issuing proposed rules within 120 days for allowing hearing aids to be sold over the counter. HLAA applauds the Biden Administration for taking action on this important matter. Since the passage of the Over-the-Counter … Read More >

How I Used Zoom to Learn About Hearing Health

Carrie Johnson Director of Communications Hearing Loss Association of America HLAA Virtual Convention 2021 By Carrie Johnson I attended my first HLAA Virtual Convention June 24-26, 2021. I joined nearly...Carrie Johnson Director of Communications Hearing Loss Association of America HLAA Virtual Convention 2021 By Carrie Johnson I attended my first HLAA Virtual Convention June 24-26, 2021. I joined nearly 700-registrants to learn the latest developments in hearing health, and how to live well with hearing loss. I learned through the “Hear Well. Stay Vital.” … Read More >

HLAA Executive Director Barbara Kelley’s Email Account Hacked

Dear HLAA Community, Earlier today (June 30), you may have received a spam email requesting a gift card from HLAA Executive Director Barbara Kelley. This was a spam email–please do...Dear HLAA Community, Earlier today (June 30), you may have received a spam email requesting a gift card from HLAA Executive Director Barbara Kelley. This was a spam email–please do not respond. Barbara would never request this from our HLAA Chapters. She would never make any requests outside of HLAA. The HLAA National Office immediately … Read More >

“Overcoming Hearing Loss” – The Latest Podcast from The People’s Pharmacy

Barbara Kelley Executive Director Hearing Loss Association of America. When the producer of NPR’s syndicated radio program, The People’s Pharmacy, contacted me to come on the show and talk about...Barbara Kelley Executive Director Hearing Loss Association of America. When the producer of NPR’s syndicated radio program, The People’s Pharmacy, contacted me to come on the show and talk about overcoming hearing loss, I enthusiastically said yes. The name itself, The People’s Pharmacy, just rings friendly and practical, with medical topics reported on reliably. The … Read More >

HLAA Joins Consumers Commenting on FCC Rules

HLAA signed onto comments drafted in concert with TDI (Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing) and other Accessibility Advocacy Organizations and Research Organizations that were filed with the...HLAA signed onto comments drafted in concert with TDI (Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing) and other Accessibility Advocacy Organizations and Research Organizations that were filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) June 7, 2021. Those comments were drafted in response to the FCC’s Public Notice to update the 21st Century Video and … Read More >

Register for the HLAA Virtual Convention 2021!

Join us June 24-26 to learn the latest about hearing health, communication access and the technologies and strategies that help people with hearing loss live well. On June 24 at...Join us June 24-26 to learn the latest about hearing health, communication access and the technologies and strategies that help people with hearing loss live well. On June 24 at 3 p.m. ET, the convention kicks off with keynote remarks from Federal Communications Commission Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel. This three-day event includes a research symposium … Read More >

New Legal Guidance and Resources to Ensure—and Expand—Access to COVID-19 Vaccines for People with Disabilities and Older Adults

As part of a shared commitment to President Biden’s National Strategy and Executive Order to ensure an equitable COVID-19 response, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the Administration for Community Living (ACL) and...As part of a shared commitment to President Biden’s National Strategy and Executive Order to ensure an equitable COVID-19 response, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the Administration for Community Living (ACL) and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have published several new … Read More >