History shows that market forces alone are not enough to ensure accessibility for people with disabilities. Legislation, regulations, and standards are necessary for programs, products and services to be accessible to and usable by people with hearing loss. Several laws have been passed to help eliminate discrimination on the basis of disability and to enhance accessibility to public places, work places, telecommunications, schools, government and businesses. HLAA, together with other consumer and professional organizations, works not only to pass legislation to improve the quality of life of people with hearing loss but also works to push for implementation and strong enforcement of the laws.

Lise Hamlin Receives Distinguished Award

Lise Hamlin, director of public policy at the Hearing Loss Association of America received the Karen Peltz Strauss Public Policy Award on August 16, 2019, at the TDI Biennial Conference....Lise Hamlin, director of public policy at the Hearing Loss Association of America received the Karen Peltz Strauss Public Policy Award on August 16, 2019, at the TDI Biennial Conference. The award was presented by the award’s namesake Karen Peltz Strauss, disability advocate and former deputy chief of the consumer and governmental affairs bureau of … Read More >

Action Alert! Improve the Quality of Live TV Captions —Your Comments Needed by September 13!

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consumer Groups and Researchers Call on the FCC to Improve the Quality of Live Captions On July 31, Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of...Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consumer Groups and Researchers Call on the FCC to Improve the Quality of Live Captions On July 31, Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI), the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), the Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA), the Cerebral … Read More >

Important News About the FCC and Hearing-Aid-Compatible Phones

FCC Establishes Hearing Aid Compatibility Certification and Compliance Deadlines On August 8, 2019, the FCC announced two deadlines for hearing aid compatibility (HAC) compliance.  No later than September 3, 2019: ...FCC Establishes Hearing Aid Compatibility Certification and Compliance Deadlines On August 8, 2019, the FCC announced two deadlines for hearing aid compatibility (HAC) compliance.  No later than September 3, 2019:  Wireless service providers must post on their websites expanded information about their handsets’ HAC capabilities and retain records on the HAC capabilities of handsets that … Read More >

Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act of 2019

Joint Statement of Support for the Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act of 2019 On July 25, 2019, U.S. Representatives Tom Rice (R-SC), Matt Cartwright (D-PA), Mark Meadows (R-NC), Ralph...Joint Statement of Support for the Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act of 2019 On July 25, 2019, U.S. Representatives Tom Rice (R-SC), Matt Cartwright (D-PA), Mark Meadows (R-NC), Ralph Norman (R-SC), Mike Kelly (R-PA), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Brad Schneider (D-IL), Ann Kuster (D-NH), Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), and Lisa Blunt-Rochester (D-DE) introduced the Medicare Audiologist … Read More >

Medicare and Hearing Aid Coverage

Enacted in 1965, Title XVIII of the Social Security Act established regulations for the Medicare program, which guarantees access to health insurance for all Americans, aged 65 and older but...Enacted in 1965, Title XVIII of the Social Security Act established regulations for the Medicare program, which guarantees access to health insurance for all Americans, aged 65 and older but specifically excludes hearing aids and services from coverage. Recommendation #9 of the study on Hearing Health Care for Adults: Priorities for Improving Access and Affordability, … Read More >

Consumer Protection Bill for People with Hearing Loss Signed by New Mexico Governor

With her signature on House Bill 48, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico has guaranteed that hearing aid buyers will now be counseled in telecoil technology, which allows hearing...With her signature on House Bill 48, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico has guaranteed that hearing aid buyers will now be counseled in telecoil technology, which allows hearing aids to connect wirelessly to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant assistive listening systems. HB 48 was developed by the Committee for Communication Access in … Read More >

The TSA Wants to Hear From You

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Office of Civil Rights and Liberties, Ombudsman and Traveler Engagement invites you to provide information related to the screening of passengers with disabilities. Please respond...The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Office of Civil Rights and Liberties, Ombudsman and Traveler Engagement invites you to provide information related to the screening of passengers with disabilities. Please respond to the questions below and send your responses by March 11 to lhamlin@hearingloss.org. Your responses will be forwarded to TSA anonymously. Can you share any … Read More >

Public Policy in D.C. — Today’s News

  It’s a rainy day here in Washington, D.C., but that didn’t thwart a one-on-one meeting with FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel. We enjoyed a cup of coffee together at the new...  It’s a rainy day here in Washington, D.C., but that didn’t thwart a one-on-one meeting with FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel. We enjoyed a cup of coffee together at the new Signing Starbucks. You can feel good about being part of HLAA when the FCC wants to hear directly from us about what is important to our … Read More >

FCC Updates Hearing Aid Compatibility Reporting Requirements

In a unanimous vote November 15, 2018, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a Report and Order that will give consumers and the Commission better access to information about the...In a unanimous vote November 15, 2018, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a Report and Order that will give consumers and the Commission better access to information about the availability of hearing aid compatible (HAC) wireless handsets.  The Report and Order eliminated the annual wireless HAC reporting requirements (Form 655) for service providers. It … Read More >

HLAA Files Comments with FCC Regarding IP CTS

HLAA and several national consumer organizations as well as research organizations filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding IP CTS (Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Services). HLAA spearheaded these...HLAA and several national consumer organizations as well as research organizations filed comments with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding IP CTS (Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Services). HLAA spearheaded these efforts because we know how important IP CTS is to many of you. The Commission opened a rulemaking on IP CTS to gather information from … Read More >