Better Hearing Institute’s new web site is designed to inspire consumer action

WASHINGTON, DC–The Better Hearing Institute (BHI) unveiled a renovated web site this week, as part of its broader effort to inspire a more action-oriented outlook on the state of hearing loss in America. The institute, which is the educational arm of the Hearing Industries Association (HIA), recognizes the substantial link between hearing health and active…

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Fair housing group finds that people with hearing loss often face discrimination

WASHINGTON, DC–The National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) charges that owners and management companies of major housing complexes in six states are discriminating against people who are deaf or hard of hearing. NFHA announced on January 9 that it had filed eight complaints with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) against companies in…

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Nationwide survey asks consumers how they like hearing loops

Anyone who has used a hearing loop system with their hearing aid or cochlear implant is invited to click here to take part in a survey being conducted by the Hearing Loss Association of America to assess consumers’ experiences with loops.   By David H. Kirkwood Over the past decade, the Let’s Loop America movement…

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Deaf medical student wins suit; Creighton must give him the accommodations he demanded

OMAHA—A medical student’s long battle to receive the accommodations for his hearing loss that he says he needs to graduate from Creighton University Medical School is nearing a successful conclusion. As discussed in several posts at HearingHealthMatters.org since 2012, Michael Argenyi, who wears a cochlear implant, applied to Creighton University in 2008 as hearing impaired.…

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Airline fined for not making safety video accessible to patients with hearing loss

WASHINGTON, DC—Few seasoned flyers pay much attention to the in-flight safety video or demonstration that is presented at the start of every commercial flight. However, that doesn’t excuse airlines from presenting them—and in a way that is accessible to passengers who can’t hear. That’s why in September the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) fined Virgin…

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After the return of the BTE, can an eyeglass hearing aid renaissance be far behind?

  By David H. Kirkwood BLACKSBURG, VA—The answer to that question is decidedly yes, very far behind. To be sure, behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids, which were the dominant style in the U.S. in the 1960s and then dwindled to less than 20% of the market in the early 1990s, did launch a dramatic comeback over…

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Student expelled from college nursing program because of hearing loss prevails in court

SPRINGFIELD, MO—Michael Argenyi is not the only would-be health care provider who took his college to court on charges that it had failed to accommodate his hearing loss as required by law. In Springfield, MO, Jessica Wells, who had been studying for an associate’s degree in nursing, sued Cox College of Nursing after it threw…

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Loop advocate wins ASHS alumni award

MESA, AZ—Juliëtte Sterkens, AuD, a Wisconsin audiologist and a leading advocate for the use of hearing loops, has been selected as Humanitarian of the Year by the Alumni Chapter of A.T. Still University Arizona School of Health Sciences. Sterkens received her doctorate of audiology from ASHS. Earlier this year, the Hearing Loss Association of America…

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Deaf plaintiffs accuse NYC Starbucks of blatant discrimination

NEW YORK–Since its founding in Seattle 42 years, Starbucks Coffee has grown into the largest chain of coffeehouses in the world, with more than 20,000 stores in more than 60 countries. It has also built an enviable reputation as a progressive, socially conscious company with one of the most admired brands in the business world.…

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Committee approves new, stricter standard for hearing loop installations

WASHINGTON, DC–“One small sentence in a code book of thousands but one giant leap for people with hearing loss.” That was how Juliëtte Sterkens, AuD, hearing loop advocate for the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), assessed an action taken by an ICC/ANSI committee on July 17. That “small sentence” approved by the ICC/ANSI  (International…

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