On Friday June 9, 2017, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will host a public dissemination meeting for the report Hearing Health Care for Adults: Priorities for Improving Access and Affordability at the Keck Center in Washington, DC. The meeting will begin at 9:00 am Eastern and last until approximately 3:30 pm Eastern.
Hearing aids are the primary clinical tool used for managing hearing loss. Feedback is needed regarding negative side effects of hearing aid use in adults. The survey takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.
The New York City Council passed an important bill supporting access to public spaces for people with hearing loss.
Intro 882-A, sponsored by Council Member Helen Rosenthal of Manhattan, provides for the installation of hearing loops in City-funded capital projects with an estimated construction cost of $950,000 or more. This includes new construction and renovation, and means that close to 300 projects will be looped across New York City, according to City Council Member Rosenthal’s press release.
Hearing loss is a widespread problem that has been associated with depression, isolation, and possibly, dementia. Age-related hearing loss has long been thought of as an inevitable part of getting older, more a nuisance than a life-altering medical condition—at least by those not experiencing it. But that’s all changing.
This recent Consumer Reports article discusses affordable solutions and what’s being done to give everyone access to treatment.