*** UPDATE ***
House Votes to Pass HR 620
The US House of Representatives passed HR 620, 225 in favor of passage, and 192 against. You can see how your Representative voted at http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2018/roll080.xml
Now, the fight moves on to the Senate. HLAA will be monitoring the situation as it moves forward and will keep you informed.
February 12, 2018
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minnesota – January 2018 – The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Network of Consumer Hearing Assistive Technology Trainers (N-CHATT) received a generous donation from Harris Communications and several leading assistive technology manufacturers.
HLAA, along with several other consumer groups, have banded together in opposition of the proposed elimination of the requirement that wireless carriers file annual reports on hearing aid compatible handsets. The wireless industry argues that the requirements are no longer necessary because information about hearing aid compatible (HAC) phones is available on their websites and in stores that sell HAC phones and thus they are meeting or exceeding the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC’s) requirements for the number of HAC phones they must carry.
We don’t make changes cavalierly here at HLAA, so when we do, it’s with the vision of looking forward, keeping up with the times, and bringing you the most reliable and timely information. We take our mission of providing information, education, support and advocacy very seriously. But with changes in the market, technology innovation, and with person-centered care being the trend du jour, HLAA is leading the way.
HLAA is very much aware of the problems of not being able to hear well in the airport or on the plane and we have been working on this for years. There is no denying it has been a long slow process, but we are moving forward.
HLAA is pleased to announce its partnership with the Ida Institute.
“The Ida Institute is renowned for excellence and HLAA is pleased to partner with them. We appreciate that they value the consumer perspective and look forward to bringing concerns of people with hearing loss to their experts who are creating resources and tools. I saw first-hand during the seminar, The Hearing Journey how important it was to hear from organizations like HLAA,” said Barbara Kelley, HLAA executive director.
On August 18, 2017, President Trump signed the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 into law. With this groundbreaking legislation Congress and the President have sent a message to America that people with hearing loss need – and deserve – more affordable and accessible hearing health care.