HLAA KY Chapters Website March 2021 Edition

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

COVID-19 has been detected in Lexington, KY:  Helping Lexington Learn About COVID-19  

From the National Association of the DeafMessage

BE SAFE! Wear a protective face mask! Here is a quick and simple way on how to make one: Instructions

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?

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:

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

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

Don't Miss These Future Webinars And meetings!

HLAA Webinar "Hearing Accessibility And The Law"- Wed. 10th March 7pm EST. Register HERE!

HLAA Greater St. Louis Chapter Virtual Meeting With Gael Hannan - "How To Be That Fabulous Person With Hearing Loss" - Sat. 13th March 2pm EST. Register HERE! 

HLAA And World Hearing Day - March 3rd 2021

As the global health community recognizes World Hearing Day on March 3, the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) will use this year’s international observance to spotlight the domestic toll that untreated hearing loss takes on adults in the United States—as well as the disparities in hearing health care in communities of color. We are pleased to share the ASHA-HLAA Member Digital Toolkit with our community. Please CLICK on the following link: World Hearing Day

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Read Linda bilodeau's Special Article: "A Cochlear Implant Assessment"

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

MASK UP KY! Free Clear Masks Still Available

Thanks to a grant and generous sponsors, the Kentucky Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (KCDHH) has been able to partner with various agencies who work directly with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to provide the ClearMask for FREE.

Teachers, interpreters, employers, mental health counselors, hospitals, clinics, medical providers and nursing homes should visit the KCDHH website https://www.kcdhh.ky.gov/mask/clearmask.html for more information. KCDHH recommends deaf and hard of hearing individuals/parents of deaf and hard of hearing children request two ClearMasks so they may take them to appointments to ask doctors and others they meet with to wear them.

Learn About CMV and Bella's Bill!

Congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection is a major cause of childhood deafness. Most CMV infections are not diagnosed without newborn screening, resulting in missed opportunities for directed care. Please CLICK on the following link: Bella's Bill

Little Ears Hearing Center Offering Counseling

Are you looking for some support? Struggling with your child’s behaviors during the pandemic? Concerned about the emotional impact on your family?

Little Ears Hearing Center, 1050 E Market Street, Louisville, is  offering FREE counseling and consulting sessions to parents of children with hearing loss, ages birth to 5 five years old.

Meetings are held by phone or Zoom and last through March 31.

Little Ears is part of Open Arms Children's Health, a Service of Home of the Innocents.

For more information, contact Dr. Shelley Moats at 502-596-1134 or 
smoats@homeoftheinnocents.org to get more information or visit  their website.  https://www.openarmschildrenshealth.org/little-ears/

Ideas For Activities At Home During COVID-19 Pandemic

This section houses resources and supports that families of children with deaf-blindness can use to help them navigate services and everyday life. Resources are also available to assist children to continue to learn while having fun. Please CLICK on the following link: Resources For Families of Children With Deaf-Blindness

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

HLAA's Concerns For Consumers Reaches The FDA

Following the signing of the Over-the-Counter (OTC) Hearing Aid Act of 2017, the FDA was on track to issue regulations by the law’s deadline of August 2020. That deadline has come and gone without new rules in place. During this period, bad actors have stepped in to fill this vacuum and begun to advertise OTC hearing aids on television and on the internet, even though there are no products that can claim to be OTC hearing aids, according to the FDA Hearing Aids | FDA Please CLICK on the following link: HLAA's Concerns For Consumers Reaches The FDA

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