A Report from the 2016 Consumer Electronic Show

Editor’s Note: As healthcare technology and consumer electronics devices continue to morph into new and exciting product categories, hearing care professionals are taking a more active role in their application. One of the most well-respected audiologists in the profession, Barry Freeman, attended last week’s CES in Las Vegas and submitted this eye-opening report for the…

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Hearing Tracker Forms Alliance with the Hearing Loss Association of America

AUSTIN, TEXAS — Hearing Tracker, America’s largest hearing provider directory, and the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), the nation’s leading organization representing people with hearing loss, have announced that they will be working together to help consumers more easily locate comprehensive hearing care providers online. The partnership was spearheaded by Cynthia Compton-Conley, PhD, the…

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New CDC Report on Disabilities Doesn’t Include Hearing Loss; HLAA Expresses Outrage

BETHESDA, MARYLAND — the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) expressed their outrage last week following the publication of a new study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on the prevalence of disability in the US. The study published by the CDC last month, Prevalence of Disability and Disability Type Among Adults, US, 2013, evaluated vision…

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HLAA Holds Annual Convention

By Brian Taylor, AuD The Hearing Loss Association of America’s (HLAA) 2015 Convention took place June 25 – 28 at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel in St. Louis, MO. Approximately 1,000 educators and hearing loss advocates were in attendance. As usual, talks and workshops addressed at the convention addressed wide ranging topics, such as employment…

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It wasn’t just a job: It was personal!

Dear Friends, As many of you have already read, I have retired from Hearing Health & Technology Matters (HHTM) after four extremely rewarding years as a founding editor. But before leaving the scene, I have some parting words for our readers, whom I have been writing for and about for longer than I could ever have…

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Celebrating 35 years, HLAA will honor Rocky Stone, Tom Harkin at 2015 convention

ST. LOUIS–The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) will celebrate the late Howard E. “Rocky” Stone, its charismatic founder, and also honor former Senator Tom Harkin, another hero of the disability rights movement, during its annual convention June 25-28 at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel.   REMEMBERING ROCKY STONE Since last fall, America’s leading…

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Institute of Medicine panel seeks ways to make hearing care more accessible and affordable

By David H. Kirkwood WASHINGTON, DC—As part of an ambitious, two-year study to identify ways to make hearing health care (HHC) for adults more accessible and affordable, a 13-member ad hoc committee of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) will hold a daylong open session on Monday, April 27. IOM, the health arm of the National…

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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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Hearing Industries Association leads an all-out effort for hearing aid tax credit

WASHINGTON, DC—When the Hearing Industries Association (HIA) holds both its biennial Hearing on the Hill and its annual meeting here this week, the trade association will be focused on passage of the Hearing Aid Tax Credit bill (S. 315). Although similar legislation introduced in the past several sessions of Congress has never been enacted despite…

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