Hi Ginevra - You're absolutely right in your assessment
that hearing care providers are a big roadblock in raising
awareness and availability of telecoils and loops. In my
opinion they are the biggest one and I don't see that the
situation has improved much over the last 20 years.
"Unfortunately, a recent survey showed that less than
50% of all hearing aid dispensers even mentioned the
possibility of a telecoil to their clients. Dispensers
cannot, of course, require that their clients include a
telecoil in their hearing aids, but people can be given
enough information so that they can make an informed
choice. Many people would be more than willing to accept
the need for a slightly larger hearing aid if the
potential benefits of a telecoil were explained to them."
I believe that, since the advent of Bluetooth the
percentage could even be smaller and, in reaction to
looping advocacy, some providers go a step further and try
to discourage clients from having the technology included
in their HAs.
They're often ignored and violated but state
regulations mandating telecoil counseling prior to the
dispensing of hearing aids help. Only a handful of states
have such regulations - many as a result of HLAA chapter
advocacy - and that's what's needed elsewhere to overcome
what is sometimes the outright refusal of some providers
to provide such counseling.
Members of this and other HLAA lists and their local
chapters are the logical leaders of such efforts in any
state that does not have such a requirement. I believe
it's way past time for HLAA chapters to step up and take
action on this issue as we did here in NM and others have
done in IN,UT, RI, DE etc.
Frazier, Hearing Loss Support Specialist
GET IN THE HEARING
Association of America
---------- Original Message ----------
From: "Ginevra Ralph" <GRalph@...>
Subject: Re: [HLAAGITHL] HLAA Not Promoting Telecoil &
Hearing Loops #Advocacy #GITHL-Toolkit #hearingloop
Date: Mon, 05 Sep 2022 08:03:28 -0700
one roadblock continues to be hearing specialists –
maybe we could picket their conventions…
though, do you have a relationship with your own
provider that you could ask some probing questions such
- · Do
you tell all your clients about telecoils?
- · Do
you include telecoil as a default in new devices or
does the client have to request it?
- · Do
they need to request Bluetooth or is it automatic?
- · How
many looped sites in our area would it take for our
local specialists to stop saying “nothing’s looped”?
- · When
do you activate a telecoil in a new pair of hearing
aids and do you teach the client how to use it in a
looped exam space? [We have had customers show up with
telecoils but they can’t use the program!!]
everyone in a chapter asked their provider questions
like this, it can provide both some local advocacy
strategies and collective ones if you share the answers
with all of us on your websites. [Do you suppose the
answers swould be different in the UK compared to the
The Shedd Institute, Eugene OR