The HLAA Network: Chapters and State
The Hearing Loss Association of America reaches people with hearing loss through its network of chapters and state organizations. All HLAA state and chapter organization volunteer leaders have direct experience with hearing loss. Joining your state and/or local HLAA organizations helps augment your experience with HLAA and learn more about coping with hearing loss.
How Do I Communicate with Doctors, Nurses, and Staff at the Hospital During COVID-19?
During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, going to the hospital will be very different than it has been in the past. It may be difficult to see or hear your doctors and nurses and you most likely will not be permitted to have anyone with you.
It is important to plan how you will be able to communicate with doctors, nurses, and other staff at the hospital.
HLAA, in conjunction with several other organizations as well as individual experts, has put together an important guide. If you have a hearing loss, we encourage you to review it
Click HERE to find the guide on the National HLAA website
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We now have our two proposals formally introduced in the Wisconsin Legislature to help benefit hard of hearing people throughout Wisconsin.
Assembly Bill 615 (AB615) and Senate Bill 601 (SB601) relates to the installation of hearing loops in state buildings. More specifically, this proposal would require the installation of a hearing loop in any new state owned building or new renovation that has a meeting space for 15 or more people with an audible communication system. There are some exceptions allowed which are spelled out in the bill. Note that some type of assistive listening system is already mandated to be installed under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Wisconsin Building Code.
Assembly Bill 616 (AB616) and Senate Bill 604 (SB604) requires that hearing aid dispensers and audiologists inform their clients about options that provide a connection between the hearing instrument and an assistive listening system, that are enhanced by telecoils (which are specifically mentioned in the bill). This is simply a consumer education proposal to require the sellers (audiologists or hearing aid dispensers) to inform, discuss and instruct their clients about telecoils and other options. Too often the issue of telecoils, hearing loops and assistive listening systems that are mandated by the ADA are not discussed completely with clients. This bill hopes to correct that omission and ensure that a more complete conversation takes place.
For more info: https://www.hlaawi.org/legislation.html
Find your Senator: https://legis.wisconsin.gov/
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