Julie Olson HLAA in Wisconsin/Appleton
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Steve, 2nd paragraph, last sentence. Did HLAA call for telecoils in their comments to FDA or didn’t they? The wording is confusing. Thanks for clarification of this sentence: “You'll recall HLAA did even call for telecoils in the devices in their comments to the FDA re the proposed rules for OTC hearing aids last summer.”
From: HLAATech@... <HLAATech@...> On Behalf Of Stephen O. Frazier
Sent: Monday, October 31, 2022 11:14 AM
Subject: Re: [HLAATech] [HLAAGITHL] Strong support of telecoils by IFHOH, Budapest Declara tion #Advocacy #Telecoil
Ron - You have been very effective in presenting your thoughts re the lack of aggressive advocacy for telecoils on the part of the national office in regard to hearing care providers and hearing aid manufacturers but you've been preaching to the choir. You say you are not the one to lead an effort on marketing HLAA and possibly of developing a plan to reach out to the hearing care and hearing aid manufacturing industries on the need for telecoils but you could, I believe, very effectively share your thoughts on these matters not with us choristers but with the board of directors.
Email addresses for the board members don't seem to be made public but an open letter to all board members via Barbara Kelley detailing your thinking would certainly do no harm. She would obviously share it with the board. Others on this list could do likewise and such letters might result in the board's consideration of a policy that would be more aggressive in the pursuit of recognition of the endorsement and promotion of telecoil technology on the part of those industries. This would be particularly helpful for the OTC hearing aid manufacturers who have been oblivious to the support of and need for telecoils on the part of educated hearing care consumers. You'll recall HLAA did even call for telecoils in the devices in their comments to the FDA re the proposed rules for OTC hearing aids last summer.
As for practitioners, in their "statement of strategic intent" in 2012, the HLAA board said the association should encourage providers to follow best practices and that clinicians should offer a wide spectrum of devices and treatments, know how they work, and base care on an assessment of each person’s hearing and lifestyle needs. I don't recall ever seeing a report to the membership on if, when and how such encouragement was and/or is being provided. I'm sure such a report would be eagerly read by many of us.
In advocating for telecoils, every voice counts - don't quite yours...
Stephen O. Frazier, Hearing Loss Support Specialist
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