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HLAA Advocacy Update

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Obligations Of Airports To Provide Communication Accessibility To Deaf And Hard Of Hearing People

The following document gives an overview of the obligations airports (public and private) have to provide communication accessibility to people who are deaf and hard of hearing. Please CLICK on the following link: Obligations Of Airports To Deaf And Hard Of Hearing People

Airports And Hearing Loop Technologies

Hearing gate changes and other important announcements in a busy airport can be problematic even for those with good hearing and, for those with a hearing loss, it often becomes mission impossible. Good audio communication is a basic requirement in the effective use of airport terminals by the traveling public and (particularly in the United States) that requirement is often overlooked by administrators and sound engineers who are not familiar with the limitations of hearing aids or the basics of hearing loss such as the speech to noise ratio, speech discrimination abilities and other factors peculiar to those with hearing loss. Please CLICK on the following link for more details: Airports And Hearing Loop Technology

Hearing Loops Going Mainstream

When the Governor of Minnesota signed the Capital Improvement Appropriations Bill last May he was not just approving appropriations, he was approving a requirement that all future construction of (or improvements to) state funded “gathering places” that are equipped with a public address system must also be equipped with an inductive loop assistive listening system commonly called a hearing loop. Please CLICK on the following link for more details: Hearing Loops Going Mainstream

Being Nudged By The Importance Of Self-Advocacy

Hard of Hearing (HOH) people often experience great difficulties when making use of airports as part of their routine travel arrangements, because of the difficulty of hearing announcements associated with gate changes and connecting flights. In this article, Ed Schickel (our Editor) highlights the importance for the HOH person to be alert, to ask and to assertively seek information from multiple sources and also to self-advocate by contacting airport officials and filing complaints. Expressing our needs and advocating in this way not only helps ourselves but helps others too! Please CLICK on the following link to read his article: The Importance Of Self-Advocacy

Introducing You To KCDHH's Self-Advocacy Video Series

Self-Advocacy starts with you and this video series compiled by the Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH) will discuss topics relating to Protection and Advocacy, Education , Human Rights Commission and many more. Please CLICK on the following link and learn how to become a good self-advocate: KCDHH's Self-Advocacy Video Series

Closed Captioning Of Video Programming On Television

HLAA is a self-help organization and empowers people to self-advocate. The following FCC document provides a list of information relating to closed captioning needs that you may have and may want to contact the FCC about. Please CLICK on the following link: Closed-Captioning Needs

A Chaplain Designs A Way For ICU Patients To Request Prayers, Poetry And A Hand To Hold!

Chaplain Joel Nightingale Berning had long observed doctors and nurses using communication boards so patients could clearly express their physical needs. He remembers thinking: Why hasn't anyone developed a board to help patients express their spiritual desires? Please CLICK on the following link to read more: A Chaplain's Idea To Help ICU Patients

Mental Health Is About A Person's Well-Being

When people see the term 'Mental Health', they tend to assume there is something 'wrong' with a person. In reality, mental health is about a person's well-being. Getting treatment is nothing any of us should be ashamed of. Being healthy is important for all of us. Please CLICK on the following link to watch this video: Video

Legislation Pushes For Over-The-Counter Hearing Aids

There are 48 million people with hearing loss in America, and up to 85 percent of people who could benefit from a hearing aid don't use one. To solve the problem, lawmakers are considering a cheaper, over-the-counter option. Please CLICK on the following link: Interview 

Millions Of People Need Cheaper Hearing Aids Expert Warns

Barbara Kelley from the Hearing Loss Association of America told NBC News that it is vital for Congress to act to provide millions of hearing-impaired Americans with less expensive, quality hearing aids. Please CLICK on the following link: Interview 

Self-Advocacy: A Must-Have Skill

Self-advocacy in children with hearing loss will permeate many aspects of the child's life. Once it has been determined that the family's desired outcome is to have their child take advantage of the technology that is available to them, fostering self-advocacy can be woven into the routines of every day family life as well as into early childhood curriculum. Please CLICK on the following link for more details: Self-Advocacy: A Must-Have Skill

Long-Term Care and How The National and State Long-Term Ombudsman Resources Can Help You With Nursing Home Requirements

The following links provide information explaining the role of ombudsman and how help is available to you when a need arises relating to long-term care such as that found in nursing homes:

The National Consumer Voice For Quality Long-Term Care: Consumer Voice

The State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program: State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program

Twenty Common Nursing Home Problems And How To Resolve Them: Nursing Home Problems And How To Resolve Them 

The Mission of The Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency: Mission Of The Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency 

Why The Recently Revised Nursing Home Regulations Are Vital For Nursing Home Residents: Revised Nursing Home Regulations 

The Obligations Of Nursing Homes To Deaf And Hard Of Hearing Patients: Obligations  

Residents' Rights Guarantee Quality Of Life: Residents' Rights Guarantee Quality Of Life


Keeping The Hearing Impaired In The Loop!

The following is an article from the newspaper in Lawrence, Kansas that demonstrates what can be accomplished if there's a local advocate who believes in hearing loops.  It has not been reported in the media but a professor on the staff at the University of Nebraska at Kearney has played a similar role in getting her community in the hearing loop...Please CLICK on the following link: Keeping The Hearing Impaired In The Loop!


Hearing Health Foundation: Urgent Call to Action - Proposed Cuts to Hearing Research

Please CLICK on the following link for details: Support Our Research

Why Is It Important To Treat Hearing Loss?

Nearly 1 in 10 Americans know their hearing isn't as good as it used to be, but more than half of them have never gotten their hearing checked. The most obvious reason to get help early is that hearing problems can get worse if you ignore them. Sometimes damage can be permanent. Please CLICK on the following link to learn more: The Importance Of Having Hearing Loss Treated

Severe Hearing Loss: Questions To Ask Your Doctor

Learning you have significant hearing loss can be overwhelming. The first step is to visit an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist to rule out any medical conditions that could be affecting your hearing. Next, you’ll want to work with an audiologist to learn about things that can help you manage your hearing loss. You can help your team by asking questions. This article provides ideas on what to ask. Please CLICK on the following link: Questions To Ask Your Doctor

Self-Advocacy For Deaf And Hard Of Hearing Students

The deaf or hard of hearing (dhh) student of today benefits from the civil rights movement that has made its presence known in issues of gender, race, and disabilities. Far-reaching effects still continue, with a spotlight now on practices of transition for young people with a variety of disabilities as they transition from the structure of school into the realm of making their own choices. Self-determination, as the movement is now known, and self advocacy that is a part of that whole idea, is not often included in state's written standards of education.

Please CLICK on the following link for more detailsSelf-Advocacy For Deaf And Hard Of Hearing Students

DOT Negotiated Rulemaking Committee Agrees On Future Measures To Improve Accessibility Of Aircraft Lavatories And In-Flight Entertainment

Please CLICK on the following link for details: Accessibility Of Aircraft Lavatories And In-Flight Entertainment

A New Regulation That Requires The Nation's Movie Theaters To Accomodate People With Disabilities

The Obama administration is implementing a new regulation that will require the nation’s movie theaters to do more to accommodate people with disabilities.


Under a final rule published in the Federal Register this month, theaters will be required to provide closed captioning and audio description for any digital movie that is distributed with such accessibility features.Though the Americans with Disabilities Act has long mandated auxiliary aids and similar accommodations at public facilities, the U.S. Department of Justice said it moved to clarify the obligations of movie theaters in response to widespread complaints from the disability community about the lack of captioning and audio description at cinemas across the country.The new regulation is more than six years in the making and since the Justice Department first signaled in 2010 that a rule would be forthcoming, the agency said it has received more than 1,500 comments on the issue.“The disability community and movie theater industry provided comprehensive insight on this important regulation,” said Vanita Gupta, head of the agency’s Civil Rights Division. “The Justice Department’s regulation establishes a nationally consistent standard and ensures that, in theaters across the country, people with hearing and vision disabilities can fully enjoy watching movies with their families and friends.”


To comply, theaters must make equipment available at a person’s seat so that captioning or audio description is only available to the individual who requests it. In addition, movie theaters are required to notify the public of the availability of such technology and have staff on hand to assist with the equipment.Theaters that show only analog movies are exempt from the new mandate. There are also exceptions for circumstances in which complying with the regulation “would result in an undue burden or a fundamental alteration.”


The new rule will take effect Jan. 17, 2017 and movie theaters must be in compliance by June 2, 2018.
Courtesy of Disability Scoop https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2016/12/05/movie-theaters-target-ada-mandate/

History Never Looks Like History When You're Living Through It...

A message from Barbara Kelley, Executive Director of HLAA. Please CLICK on the following link: Message

Holidays With Hearing Loss: 12 Tips For Families

The holidays can be the most wonderful time of the year - or the most stressful! For people with hearing loss, the season's gatherings often mean struggling to connect with friends and family through tables of competing conversations and clattering dishes. Please CLICK on the following link: Holidays With Hearing Loss: 12 Tips For Families

Ring In The Holiday Season With A Hearing Test

Addressing hearing loss isn’t just about what you hear—it’s about how you feel and function, says the Better Hearing Institute (BHI), which is encouraging people of all ages to get their hearing tested this holiday season. Please CLICK on the following link: Ring In The Holiday Season With A Hearing Test

Hearing Loss And The Holidays

The holidays can be a rewarding time for everyone, the family bonding, the cool weather and who could forget all the amazing food! But it can also be a time of stress amidst all of those social gatherings, especially for those with hearing loss. Please CLICK on the following link: Hearing Loss And The Holidays

How To Cope With Every Musician's Nightmare: Hearing Loss

Waking up to find that he was suddenly and entirely deaf in his right ear, composer Richard Einhorn’s biggest worry wasn’t that he’d never work again. Nor was his greatest concern the spinning room and nausea, the way human voices sounded like screeching devils riding on crazed, squealing robots, or the piercing tinnitus, buzzing like a high-pitched, enraged refrigerator in his ear. Einhorn knew that he had only 30 percent hearing in his left ear, but didn’t know enough to worry about permanent damage to his other, “good ear.”Please CLICK on the following link to learn more: Every Musician's Nightmare

Are We Our Own Best Advocate?

In this article, our Editor makes us pose a question to ourselves about how much we self-advocate in order to achieve a better environment for dealing with our hearing loss. Please CLICK on the following link: Are We Our Own Best Advocate?

Hearing Loss In Worship

The older you get, the more likely you are to lose hearing. Most hearing aids and cochlear implants now come with telecoils. Your church can install hearing loop systems that deliver customized sound directly from microphones into T-coil hearing aids. Please CLICK on the following link for details: Hearing Loss In Worship 

Act Now! Fight A Serious Attack On The ADA!

The ADA is once again under attack by another "Notification" bill. The bill would erect major barriers to people enforcing their ADA rights gained 26 years ago. This bill is different than before: there is far more support for it, in both parties. Please CLICK on the following link for more details and act now: Act Now!

Educate Yourself So You Can Advocate For Your Child's Educational Needs

I have yet to find a parent who looks forward to meeting with school administrators to discuss accommodations for their child
who has a hearing loss. Educating yourself prior to the meeting can help alleviate some of the stress and frustration. You have probably
heard of an “IEP” and “Section 504,” but what do they mean? Please CLICK on the following link for more details: 
Advocating For Your Child's Educational Needs

HLAA Response to the FDA's Draft Regulatory Requirements For Hearing Aid Devices And Personal Sound Amplification Products (PSAPs)

Please CLICK on the following link: HLAA Response

Self-Advocacy Skills For Students With Hearing Loss

This article provides a list of useful resource material to assist students who have hearing loss to develop self-advocacy skills. Please CLICK on the following link to learn more: Self-Advocacy Skills

Fostering Self-Advocacy In Elementary-Aged Students With Hearing Loss

This article covers self-advocacy development in children, along with the progression and challenges presented due to the complex parameters of hearing loss. It introduces you to the instructional concepts of coaching and gradual release of responsibility in the student, the family, and school personnel when working with elementary-aged students. Please CLICK on the following link to continue: Fostering Self-Advocacy

Self- Advocacy Skills For Students With Hearing Loss

As a student, what self-advocacy skills should be learned by what age? How can we assess these functional skills? This article describes a suggested sequence for students to attain self-advocacy skills from preschool through grade four, after which students should be able to repair communication breakdowns and advocate for their listening and learning needs appropriately. Please CLICK on the following link to learn more: Self-Advocacy Skills For Students With Hearing Loss

Employees With Hearing Disability: Know Your Rights

When you have a disability you are likely to find yourself in situations where you have to serve as your own advocate. This is especially true if you have hearing disability and are still an active member of the workforce.  While many federal and state laws have been established to protect individuals with disabilities from discrimination and harassment in the workplace, ultimately it’s up to you to make sure you have access to all the resources, opportunities, and accommodations to which you’re entitled. Please CLICK on the following link for more details: Know Your Rights

Hearing Loss - Invisible No More!

As Chapter members of the Hearing Loss Association of America, it is our responsibility—and our moral imperative—to reach out to others who are beginning their journey into hearing loss, and to educate the hearing public about our condition and our needs. It is time to make hearing loss invisible no more! Please CLICK on the following link to learn how: Invisible No More!

Video: Hearing Loss Advocacy

In this small training video, Arlene Romoff, advocate, author and Center of Hearing and Communication (CHC) Board member, gives an enlightening five-minute video crash course presentation on hearing loss advocacy. Please CLICK on the following link: Advocacy

Standing Your Ground - HLAA's Advocacy In Action!

When a New York City police officer is told he can no longer do his job because he wears hearing aids, what does he do? He calls HLAA. Find out how Daniel Carione fought for the job he loved, got NYPD policy changed, and educated a lot of people about hearing loss. Please CLICK on the following link: Advocacy In Action

HLAA Advocacy/ News Alerts

The Hearing Loss Association of America advocates for equal access for approximately 48 million Americans with hearing loss. Please CLICK on the following link to keep up to date with advocacy/ news alerts: Advocacy/News Alerts