Brenda Battat: A great act to follow

By David H. Kirkwood Last year, following Brenda Battat’s announcement that she would be retiring in 2013 as executive director of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), that organization sent out a press release about its search for her successor. It stated that applicants for the job should be “visionary, dynamic, diplomatic, highly competent,…

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Movie fans with hearing loss triumph in Washington State appeals court

By Fred Cohen HearingHealthMatters.org has published several posts on the Hearing News Watch blog in recent months discussing various aspects of accommodating hearing-impaired patrons of movie theaters. (See posts from April 5, 2012; May 2, 2012 ; and July 24, 2012. ) None of these focused on litigation in the area and there was no…

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High-Intensity Acoustic Devices as Weapons: A look at the Legalities

By Fred Cohen It began innocently enough. A Pittsburgh newspaper announces a settlement with a professor who suffered hearing loss in September 2009 during the Group of 20 economic summit. The professor was in Pittsburgh studying the possible impact of protests on monetary policy and was about 100 feet away from a Long Range Acoustic…

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Lawsuit leads to policy changes that accommodate deaf arrestees

By Fred Cohen Douglas Bahl, an advocate for the deaf, teaches American Sign Language (ASL) at the University of Minnesota. He reads English at a sixth-grade level, and usually communicates in ASL, though he uses a Blackberry handheld device to communicate by text and email. When Bahl communicates with non-ASL speakers in person, he typically…

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