Report: Deaf woman who reports a crime to 911 is treated like a criminal

TACOMA, WA—A deaf crime victim who called 911 to report being attacked in her home ended up being shot by police with a Taser, arrested, and left in jail for more than two days without an interpreter, according to an August 5 report by Chris Halsne, an investigative reporter with KIRO-TV in Tacoma. She was…

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Indiana won’t stop licensing hearing aid dispensers

INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana’s law licensing hearing aid dispensers dodged a bullet last week when a bill that would have deregulated dispensers and several other occupations was withdrawn. The proposed law would have eliminated a number of state boards, including not only the Committee of Indiana Hearing Aid Dealers, but also agencies regulating dietitians, cosmetologists, barbers security guards,…

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Tennessee law covers hearing aids for kids

NASHVILLE–Tennessee has joined the growing number of states that are requiring private insurers to provide coverage for hearing aids for children.  Last week, Governor Bill Haslam signed legislation requiring  insurance policies to cover up to $1000 per individual hearing aid per ear, every three years, for any child covered as a dependent by the policy…

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