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Hearing Loss Association of America - Motorcycles and Hearing Health #HLAA News #hlaa

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Motorcycles and Hearing Health

By Tim Browning

Kevin H. Franck, Ph.D Chair of the HLAA Board of Directors. On the Road with Kevin I like to ride my motorcycle. I’m aware of its risks. In part, because the first thing people tell me when they hear...

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Re: #cal-notice #Legislation #Legislation #cal-notice

Tim Browning
 

Thanks for the update Nanci. Do you have a link or more information about the bill for us to share with our chapters?


Hearing Loss Association of America - 2021 #HLAA News #hlaa

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2021

By Tim Browning

HLAA is appointed for another term to serve on the Federal Communications Commission Disability Advisory Committee. Representatives are Lise Hamlin, director of public policy and barbara Kelley,...

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Hearing Loss Association of America - Action Alert: Medicare Coverage of Hearing Aids–Congress Needs to Hear from You! #HLAA News #hlaa

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Action Alert: Medicare Coverage of Hearing Aids–Congress Needs to Hear from You!

By Lise Hamlin

  Let Congress Hear from You! HLAA has been meeting with members of Congress, encouraging them to vote YES! to expand Medicare to include hearing aids and services. New legislation is coming up soon...

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Hearing Loss Association of America - Understanding the Cost of Hearing Aids #HLAA News #hlaa

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Understanding the Cost of Hearing Aids

By Barbara Kelley

Barbara Kelley Executive Director Hearing Loss Association of America. Follow Barbara on Twitter: @BKelley_HLAA There are many questions about the cost of hearing aids. This blog post, “Understanding...

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Hearing Loss Association of America - Happy National Nonprofit Day! #HLAA News #hlaa

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Happy National Nonprofit Day!

By Tim Browning

Carrie Johnson Director of Communications Hearing Loss Association of America August 17 is National Nonprofit Day! We celebrate, acknowledge and thank all the volunteers in our HLAA Chapters across...

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Hearing Loss Association of America - Barbara Kelley Was Overheard Saying . . . #HLAA News #hlaa

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Barbara Kelley Was Overheard Saying . . .

By Barbara Kelley

HLAA Executive Director Barbara Kelley spoke with Colleen Chapman on Episode Two of Frequency Therapeutics “Overheard at Frequency” podcast. The conversation focused on advocacy victories and ongoing...

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Hearing Loss Association of America - Missing Lily #HLAA News #hlaa

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Missing Lily

By Kevin Franck

Kevin H. Franck, Ph.D Chair of the HLAA Board of Directors. I had a dog named Lily – a cockapoo (though in Australia they’d call her a spoodle). She passed away recently. Like many of you who have...

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Hearing Loss Association of America - How to View Award-Winning Hearing Loss Documentary “We Hear You” #HLAA News #hlaa

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How to View Award-Winning Hearing Loss Documentary “We Hear You”

By Carrie Johnson

Carrie Johnson Director of Communications Hearing Loss Association of America Lights . . . camera . . . action! HLAA is hosting an exclusive “We Hear You” Zoom Event featuring a Talkback with the...

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Hearing Loss Association of America - Join Me When the Stars Come out on September 23 #hlaanews

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Join Me When the Stars Come out on September 23

By Tim Browning

Barbara Kelley Executive Director Hearing Loss Association of America. Follow Barbara on Twitter: @BKelley_HLAA “Stargazing is a free, constantly changing show that allows for great conversation and...

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Hearing Loss Association of America - Welcome Back, HLAA Chapters and State Organizations! #hlaanews

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Welcome Back, HLAA Chapters and State Organizations!

By Carla Beyer-Smolin

Dear Chapter and State Leaders, Welcome back to a brand new season! There is lots of exciting activity in the HLAA Community. HLAA Chapters and State organizations continue to be resilient,...

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Hearing Loss Association of America - HLAA Position: Database Coordinator #hlaanews

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HLAA Position: Database Coordinator

By Tim Browning

The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization representing people with hearing loss. HLAA opens the world of communication to people with hearing loss...

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Hearing Loss Association of America - HLAA Position: Digital Communications Associate #hlaanews

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HLAA Position: Digital Communications Associate

By Tim Browning

The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization representing people with hearing loss. HLAA opens the world of communication to people with hearing loss...

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Hearing Loss Association of America - Have you seen the latest Hearing Life E-News? #hlaanews

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Have you seen the latest Hearing Life E-News?

By Carla Beyer-Smolin

Dear HLAA Leaders and Community, Have you seen the latest Hearing Life e-News? Sign up to have Hearing Life e-News delivered to your inbox twice per month. Hearing Life e-News keeps readers and HLAA...

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VISOR COMMUNICATION CARD for TRAFFIC STOPS

Judy Alden
 

 
Hi all,
 
Thanks to Lisa Yuan, HLAA-DC Board Member for creating this Visor Communication Card.  We researched various iterations and think you will find this very up-to-date and user-friendly.  The Visor Communication Card is not copyrighted.  You are welcome to share with your chapters.  It is a very useful tool to for self-advocacy in an often stressful situation.  Please let us know if any questions.

HLAA-DC has created car visor communication cards to help people with hearing loss communicate with and understand law enforcement officers if they are pulled over while driving. The cards can facilitate clear communication and reduce misunderstandings between you and the officer.

The visor communication card is free to download and print here: HLAA-DC police visor card.pdf. Use regular letter-sized paper to print, then fold at the center dotted line and trim along the borders. You should end up with a two-sided, 3.75”x9.75” card.

Place the card on your automobile’s sun visor above the driver’s seat, so that if you flip down the visor, the card will be visible. You can use clips or rubber bands to secure it in place.

How to Use the Visor Card If You are Pulled Over
Stay calm. Place card in window, or flip down your sun visor so the visor card is clearly displayed. Remain in the car with your hands on your steering wheel at 10 and 2, until you have established communication with the police officer. Make sure the officer notices your visor card. 

Do not make quick gestures or reach for your license and information before you have a clear request from the officer. Police can misconstrue your actions as reaching for a weapon if they cannot see your hands. 
 
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Re: VISOR COMMUNICATION CARD for TRAFFIC STOPS

Carolyn Odio
 

Thanks so much for sharing Judy! I know that Michigan and Washington also have a visor card. Washington was handing them out to the Police Officers to carry with them for traffic stops! I will attach both as well just as an FYI. I am wondering if other states have one as well?
--
Carolyn J. Odio
HLAA Washington State
Resident Council Rep & 
Hearing Loss Group at www.panorama.org

(703) 725-8292 iPhone/Text 
Residence: 1835 Circle LN SE, Apt 425, Lacey, WA 98503


Re: VISOR COMMUNICATION CARD for TRAFFIC STOPS

Eloise Schwarz, Sun City Center Chapter, FL
 

Hello,  We had them in Wisconsin and will be making them here in FL for our communities.  They are a terrific tool for the deaf/hard of hearing people.  
Our own 55+ community police dept love them as do the citizens

Eloise Schwarz, Retired RN
2020 SCC Community Champion
HLAA Sun City Center Chapter
SCC Committee Leader
3rd Tuesday @ 12:30 PM
414-807-4373 iphone
414-509-1002 InnoCaption+

Member of So Hillsborough Co
 - Chamber of Commerce
 - Ambassador


On Thu, Jan 13, 2022 at 12:21 PM Carolyn Odio <carolyn@...> wrote:
Thanks so much for sharing Judy! I know that Michigan and Washington also have a visor card. Washington was handing them out to the Police Officers to carry with them for traffic stops! I will attach both as well just as an FYI. I am wondering if other states have one as well?
--
Carolyn J. Odio
HLAA Washington State
Resident Council Rep & 
Hearing Loss Group at www.panorama.org

(703) 725-8292 iPhone/Text 
Residence: 1835 Circle LN SE, Apt 425, Lacey, WA 98503


--
Eloise Schwarz, Retired RN
2020 SCC Community Champion
HLAA Sun City Center Chapter
SCC Committee Leader
3rd Tuesday @ 12:30 PM
414-807-4373 iphone
414-509-1002 InnoCaption+
Member of So Hillsborough Co
 - Chamber of Commerce
 - Ambassador


Over the Counter Hearing Aids #Government #hlaa

Lise Hamlin
 

HLAA will be filing comments to the Food and Drug Administration on its proposed rule establishing over-the counter hearing aids due January 18, 2022.  Once finalized by the FDA, consumers 18 and older with mild to moderate hearing loss will be able to purchase hearing aids at retail and online outlets. 

In our comments, HLAA told the FDA that the labeling both outside and inside the package needs to inform consumers whether a smartphone or other technology is needed to set up and use the OTC hearing aid.  The comment letter also asks the FDA to require labeling that informs consumers about OTC hearing aid compatibility with wireless phones and audio connectivity options such as telecoil or Bluetooth.  HLAA also asks FDA to require a free 45-day trial period for purchasers to receive a full refund if the OTC hearing aid does not meet their needs. 


Other issues in the comment letter address the classification of self-fitting hearing aids and the importance of usability without professional intervention. It also notes the need to pay particular attention to the needs of two populations that stand to gain from OTC hearing aids: underrepresented minorities (low income and people of color) and older Americans.


Anyone can file comments with the FDA in this proceeding. If you would like to file your own comments, go to Regulations.gov.  If you would like an advance copy of HLAA’s draft comments to help you draft your own comments, contact LHamlin@...


Re: VISOR COMMUNICATION CARD for TRAFFIC STOPS

Judy Alden
 

We’re glad to know these chapters are providing visor cards!  In researching, there are various iterations including some jurisdictions (Eg Chesterfield VA) providing to law enforcement and constituents. 

Personally, I was stopped by a rookie officer a couple years ago and the incident could have readily escalated. Now I keep the visor card in my car. 


COSTCO Hearing Aid Centers need Countertop Hearing Loops!

Carolyn Odio
 

Here is the background of this Counter Loop Telecoil advocacy effort:

Advocacy Opportunity

The Costco Annual Meeting is coming up on Jan 20, 2022. If you have at least one share of COSTCO stock, would you be willing to attend the on-line meeting and put a question in their Q&A box? It would just be submitting a question. You would not be seen by the other participants. And the response, to that question, comes after the meeting is done. See the details in the link above. Let's Loop COSTCO ;)

Carolyn J. Odio
HLAA Washington State
Resident Council Rep & 
Hearing Loss Group at www.panorama.org

(703) 725-8292 iPhone/Text 
Residence: 1835 Circle LN SE, Apt 425, Lacey, WA 98503

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