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Save the Dates! Oct 27 Annual Meeting. Oct 28 Chapter Workshop Development.
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Participate in the evaluation of new Assistive Listening Devices at the Overture Center!
The Overture Center is installing a new sound system in its building including assistive devices for the hearing impaired. A committee of the local HLAA has been working with Overture management to assure that the new system will perform as intended. With that goal in mind, Overture management and the HLAA committee is seeking at least 50 members of the hearing impaired community to participate in an evaluation of the new sound system assistive devices.
The evaluation of the new assistive hearing devices will take place at Overture Center on August 21 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and will be coordinated with the HLAA committee. Participants will be asked to listen to several live presentations simulating the types of shows that Overture schedules and then rate the quality and usefulness of the devices and their listening experience. This information will be used to modify the sound systems as needed to meet the needs of the hearing impaired community.
If you are interested in participating in the evaluation, whether you attend Overture theater performances or not, please RSVP to Jack Spear at email@example.com before August 14 to confirm your willingness to participate. Those without email may write to him at 9 Dumont Circle, Madison WI 53711.
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HLAA WI State Board
If you would like to use your skills on our board, please consider filling out the form below. Whether you have experience on a board or not, it is always a good way to stretch yourself and help many in our state with hearing loss. Please download the form below, fill it out and return it following the instructions given.
Senate Passes the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017
Bethesda, MD: On August 3, the U.S. Senate passed the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017. The bill was already passed by the House of Representatives on July 12. With this groundbreaking legislation Congress has sent a message to America that people with hearing loss need – and deserve – more affordable and accessible hearing health care.
The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) has supported the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act since it was introduced in the Senate by Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) in March of this year. The companion House bill was introduced by Representatives Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN).
“Senators Warren and Grassley and Representatives Kennedy and Blackburn – among many others – have worked tirelessly to ensure passage of this bill,” said Barbara Kelley, HLAA executive director. “It is no secret that passing any type of legislation can many times be a long and laborious process because of party disagreements. However, this bill has moved quickly through Congress because both sides of the aisle realize how critically important and badly needed affordable and accessible hearing health care is to consumers.”
The Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 would make certain types of hearing aids available over the counter to adults with mild to moderate hearing loss. In addition, the proposed legislation would require the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate this new category of OTC hearing aids to ensure they meet the same high standards for safety, consumer labeling and manufacturing protection that all other medical devices must meet. This will give consumers the option to purchase a safe, high-quality FDA-regulated device at lower cost.
The mission of HLAA is to make the nation accessible to people with hearing loss through education, information sharing, advocacy & peer support.
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