October 2021 Edition

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alert!  The latest information in Kentucky: Latest Information

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Hearing Loss and Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources: Resources

Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH): KCDHH

What's New In This Edition?

This website is updated daily and every month new topical articles are added:   What's New?

Special Item: Podcast Featuring Barbara Kelley, HLAA Executive Director

Please CLICK here: Podcast

Action Alert! Medicare Coverage Of Hearing Aids!

You may be aware that there is a movement afoot to expand Medicare to include hearing health care. That would mean for the first time, people who rely on Medicare to pay their medical bills would also be able to turn to Medicare to cover the cost of hearing aids and related services. The time has come to let your Senators and Congress members know that hearing health care matters! Please CLICK on the following link: Action Alert!

HLAA Zoom Event: "We Hear You. Now Hear Us"- October 28 2021 At 7 - 8:30pm EST

Join us for an Encore Talkback with the filmmakers of the award-winning documentary, “We Hear You.” The film is about four people living with hearing loss talking about their hearing journey. Executive produced by HLAA members Holly Cohen, Shari Eberts and Roxana Rotundo, and also featuring HLAA member Toni Iacolucci, “We Hear You” was named Best Film on Disability in the June 2021 awards of the Cannes World Film Festival. Please CLICK on the following link to register: Register HERE!

HLAA Receives Award from the TSA Recognizing Consumer Advocacy Partnership

On September 19, HLAA received the good news that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was presenting its annual Coalition Partner award to HLAA during the agency’s 19th annual Disability and Multicultural Coalition Conference. Please CLICK on the following link: Reward

HLAA Hearing Life E-News: 

Hearing Life E-News keeps readers up to date with the latest information on hearing loss: HLAA Hearing Life E-News


Articles on subjects of immediate importance that have recently been announced appear in this section: STOP PRESS

Local Chapter Virtual Meeting Recordings:

Many chapters meet VIRTUALLY at present. See captioned video recordings here: Local Chapter Virtual Meeting Recordings

URGENT: Questionnaire For Kentucky's Deaf-Blind Constituents

We Need YOUR Input!

KCDHH’s Deaf-Blind Community Study Group is launching its “Questionnaire for Kentucky’s Deaf-Blind Constituents” TODAY! This confidential questionnaire will help determine if accessibility issues are prohibiting Deaf-Blind individuals and individuals with a combined hearing and vision loss from obtaining local and state services in Kentucky. Feedback will be used to guide further positive changes for these constituents. The deadline for completing the questionnaire will be Friday, October 29. Please forward this information to anyone who is part of the Deaf-Blind community in Kentucky who may be interested in participating. Please CLICK here to access the questionnaire: 

Survey on Improving the Health Care System - A Call To Action

Be part of the solution! Participate in research that investigates the impact of communication access on the quality of health care! The Johns Hopkins University Disability Health Research Center is seeking respondents who are age 60 or above, have age-related hearing loss and have seen a health care provider within the past two years to complete a 15-minute web survey on improving the way the health care system cares for your community. To learn more, please CLICK on the following link: Details

See How Much Fun We Have At Our Local Chapter Virtual Meetings!! Come And Join Us!

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Read Linda bilodeau's Special Article: "Anxiety And Hearing Loss"

Linda has grappled with hearing loss since 1978. Through it all, she has faced denial, acceptance, curiosity, trust, and hope. She has felt annoyed, angry, and frightened. She has encountered despair, loneliness, and envy. She has experienced panic attacks. Does that all sound familiar to you? Over the years she has met understanding people, kind souls who have helped her a great deal and others who thought she had nothing short of an invisible plague.

As a way of coming to terms with her hearing loss, she decided to put her feelings about her disability down on paper. Her hope is to better understand herself. Perhaps you will find a little something in her meanderings that will help you, too!  Please CLICK on the following link to visit her new section, called "Meandering Through a Hearing World", and enjoy reading her new article for this month: 
Meandering Through A Hearing World

The Need To Provide Free Captioning For People With Hearing Loss When Using Videoconferencing Platforms

At the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, hearing health advocate Shari Eberts penned an open letter to video conferencing companies asking for free captioning services.The letter turned into a petition with 58,000 signatures and countless comments from people with hearing loss. Google and Microsoft both took their automatic speech recognition captions out from behind a paywall. But Zoom, the clear favorite platform to connect workplaces and loved ones during the pandemic, is lagging behind. Please CLICK on the following link: The Need To Provide Free Captioning

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