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.

Access Board Initiates Update of Accessibility Guidelines for Rail Cars

The U.S. Access Board is initiating a rulemaking to update its accessibility guidelines for rail cars covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and seeks public comment on this...The U.S. Access Board is initiating a rulemaking to update its accessibility guidelines for rail cars covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and seeks public comment on this effort. As indicated in an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking the Board plans to update provisions in the ADA Accessibility Guidelines for Transportation Vehicles that apply … Read More >

Historic Formation of International Cochlear Advocacy Alliance to Improve Access to Cochlear Implants for Adults with Severe to Profound Hearing Loss

GENEVA, December 6, 2019: The themes of Alliance, Advocacy, and Action for the World Health Organization’s first World Hearing Forum (December 4-5) provided inspiration for a separate meeting held on...GENEVA, December 6, 2019: The themes of Alliance, Advocacy, and Action for the World Health Organization’s first World Hearing Forum (December 4-5) provided inspiration for a separate meeting held on December 6 of an emerging International Cochlear Implant Advocacy Alliance with representation from hearing health professional and consumer advocacy organizations. The meeting focused on the … Read More >

House Passes Bill for Medicare Coverage of Hearing Aids

Today, in a historic achievement, the House of Representatives this week voted to expand Medicare to cover hearing aids and related hearing health care services. By a vote of 230-192, the...Today, in a historic achievement, the House of Representatives this week voted to expand Medicare to cover hearing aids and related hearing health care services. By a vote of 230-192, the House approved HR 3, a bill that allows the federal government to negotiate prescription drug prices and uses the savings from lower drug prices to … Read More >

World Hearing Forum in Geneva

Last week, Barbara Kelley, HLAA Executive Director, and Lise Hamlin, HLAA Director of Public Policy, attended the World Hearing Forum, held by the World Health Organization, in Geneva. Approximately 466...Last week, Barbara Kelley, HLAA Executive Director, and Lise Hamlin, HLAA Director of Public Policy, attended the World Hearing Forum, held by the World Health Organization, in Geneva. Approximately 466 million people live with disabling hearing loss; of these, 34 million are children. In addition, 1.1 billion young people are at risk of hearing loss … Read More >

Invite a HoH Into Your Life

Invite a HoH Into Your Life If you have hearing loss, do you have someone in your circle of friends who also has hearing challenges? Author Gael Hannan, HLAA member...Invite a HoH Into Your Life If you have hearing loss, do you have someone in your circle of friends who also has hearing challenges? Author Gael Hannan, HLAA member and hearing loss advocate, shows the benefits of having people with hearing loss in your life in her recent article, Invite a HoH Into Your … Read More >

Senator Introduces Bill to Improve US Veterans Access to Hearing Care

Improving US Veterans Access to Hearing Care U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) recently introduced legislation to reduce the red tape many veterans face when trying to get care for hearing...Improving US Veterans Access to Hearing Care U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.) recently introduced legislation to reduce the red tape many veterans face when trying to get care for hearing loss as a result of their service. Article was published in the online publication, Hearing Health & Technology Matters (HHTM). Senator Introduces Bill to Improve … Read More >

Welcome, Carla Beyer-Smolin

Welcome, Carla Beyer-Smolin In honor of Veterans Day, we are pleased to welcome Carla Beyer-Smolin, HLAA National Chapter and Membership Coordinator, to provide information for veterans with hearing loss and...Welcome, Carla Beyer-Smolin In honor of Veterans Day, we are pleased to welcome Carla Beyer-Smolin, HLAA National Chapter and Membership Coordinator, to provide information for veterans with hearing loss and hearing health-related issues. This is the most prevalent service-connected disability among veterans in the United States and we want to shine a spotlight on HLAA’s … Read More >

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 >

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 >