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Newly Developed Card Helps Drivers with Hearing Loss Improve Communication with Law Enforcement

DETROIT, MICHIGAN — A new communication tool has been released by the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) that aims to improve communication between law enforcement and people who are deaf or hard of hearing. The new tool, which has received support by the state’s major law enforcement organizations, is a card that is designed…

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Update: Key Stakeholders Weigh-in on PCAST Letter to the President

On Monday, October 26, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released its official report to the President about hearing technologies and mild-to-moderate hearing loss in older adults. HHTM originally posted news of the report on October 25. Since the original HHTM story, several key stakeholders have weighed-in on the implications of…

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Bill would create a demonstration program for deaf/hard-of-hearing U.S. Air Force members

    By David H. Kirkwood WASHINGTON, DC—Since its enactment in 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has made public accommodations, telecommunications technology, and the workplace more accessible to countless people with hearing loss. For example, just last month, the New York Police Department, following the lead of departments around the country, opened its…

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NYPD settles suit by lifting ban on cops using hearing aids

By David H. Kirkwood Two veteran New York Police Department (NYPD) officers’ 5-year legal battle to return to active duty wearing their hearing aids ended in victory on March 9 when they agreed to a settlement of the suit they had filed against the City of New York in 2010. It was a victory not…

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Drug store chain agrees to improve access for people with hearing loss

    NEW YORK—Customers with hearing loss will soon be able to communicate better with pharmacists at the 101 Kinney Drugs stores in New York State.   Under an agreement announced March 12 by NYS Attorney-General Eric Schneiderman, each Kinney Drugs store will provide assistive listening systems and qualified sign-language interpreters, as required by law.…

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NIOSH awards recognize efforts to make workplaces more hearing-healthy

      NEW ORLEANS–When noise in the workplace makes the news, it’s usually either because OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) has charged an employer with violating its noise regulations or workers are suing an employer for causing damage to their hearing. Last week, though, two companies were cited for doing the right…

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Harvard, MIT sued for not captioning online videos; plaintiffs claim ADA violation

  BOSTON–The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) has sued Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for allegedly violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 by failing to provide adequate captioning for the vast array of online content they make available to the general public, including…

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Connecticut city rules that hearing aids should be no bar to police work

BRIDGEPORT, CT—Vincenzo Mirci, a 9-year military veteran, won the right to pursue his goal of becoming a police officer when, last November, the Bridgeport Civil Service Commission overturned an earlier decision by the city that he could not serve because he was unable to pass a hearing test without the hearing aid he wears in…

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AARP launches a Hearing Resource Center

  WASHINGTON, DC—If more than 25 million of your members have a hearing loss, it really does makes sense to offer them information about the condition and how to address it. That’s just what AARP announced last week that it was doing with the launch of its Hearing Resource Center. The purpose of the online…

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Agreement paves way to full access to movies for people with hearing loss

WASHINGTON, DC—The future is looking a lot brighter for deaf and hard-of-hearing movie enthusiasts, thanks to an agreement announced on November 21 by four national advocacy groups for people with hearing loss and the National Association of Theater Owners (NATO). If the Department of Justice (DoJ) accepts the recommendations from the Hearing Loss Association of…

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