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HLAA Opposes Wireless Industry’s Proposal to Eliminate Annual Reports to the FCC

Dec 22 2017

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.

Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 Signed into Law

Oct 13 2017

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.

U.S. House of Representatives Passes the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 Bringing Affordable and Accessible Hearing Health Care Closer to Reality

Jul 12 2017

The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017. With the passage of this groundbreaking legislation Congress has sent a message to America that people with hearing loss need – and deserve – more affordable and accessible hearing health care. The Senate should be voting on the bill before the end of the summer.

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HLAA Supports Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Legislation

Mar 21 2017

Members of Congress Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Make
Hearing Aids Available Over the Counter

Washington, D.C., March 21, 2017- U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), today reintroduced legislation (S.670) to make hearing aids for those with mild to moderate hearing loss available over the counter (OTC).

HLAA Submits Written Testimony in Support of Increased Funding for NIH

Mar 14 2017

The first recommendation of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) report Hearing Health Care for Adults: Priorities for Improving Access and Affordability is to “Improve population-based information on hearing loss and hearing health care.” In short, we need more information and data about hearing loss to have a better understanding of, at a minimum, risk factors associated with hearing loss, hearing health care needs, and the impact of hearing loss and its treatment on health, function, economic productivity and quality of life.

HLAA Prioritizes Legislative and Advocacy Agenda for 2017; Takes Focus Off Hearing Aid Tax Credit Legislation

Feb 7 2017

Since 2003 HLAA has supported legislation that would allow consumers to receive a tax credit for the purchase of hearing aids. Several iterations of the tax credit bill have been introduced over the span of nearly 14 years, and none have passed. HLAA has therefore decided to focus its efforts and resources on initiatives that we believe will have a more far-reaching impact.

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FCC Opens the Door to Allowing an Alternative to TTY Technology

Dec 20 2016

HLAA Executive Director Barbara Kelley and Director of Public Policy Lise Hamlin attended the final Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Open Commission Meeting of 2016 on December 15. Several HLAA chapter members were in attendance as well, including Veronica Davila Steele, who heads up the new Prince George’s County (Maryland) Chapter; Russell Misheloff, leader of the Washington, DC Chapter; and Barry Kasinitz from the Montgomery County (Maryland) Chapter.

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