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Don’t Miss The Latest Technology At The HLAA Convention In Phoenix!

If you’re curious about new assistive hearing tech innovations, the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Convention in Phoenix is the place to be, June 26-29, 2024! Please CLICK on the following link: HLAA 2024 Convention

A Call To Action - Accessible Telehealth For People With Hearing Loss

Dear Colleagues,

We are sharing with stakeholders important information and a Call to Action that has the potential to impact communication accessibility in telehealth for people with hearing loss. 

A Call To Action Toward Achieving Accessible Telehealth

Two things you need to know: 

(1) The Communications Video and Technology Accessibility (CVTA) Act has the potential to impact compliance with the ADA requirement providing for effective communication in healthcare settings. When a healthcare provider uses telehealth services, these platforms must include the ability to provide captioning to accommodate people who need them.

(2) A recent order issued by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) requires that by September 3, 2024, video conferencing platforms, including telehealth platforms, ensure they are accessible to people with disabilities.  For people with hearing loss, that means having access to captioning.
Two actions you can take:  

(1) Write to your senators and congresspersons and ask them to co-sponsor CVTA.
(2) Share with your healthcare provider your need for captions in telehealth appointments. Ask your provider to communicate with their platform provider to ensure captions are included in the build used for telehealth services.

We hope you will answer this Call to Action and share with your networks. 

Peggy Ellertsen & Toni Iacolucci
Strategic Team, HLAA Communication Access in Health Care
healthcareaccess@hearingloss.org


CVTA Details And Template Letter

What's New In This Month's Edition?

This website is updated daily and every month new topical articles are added. Please CLICK here!: What's New?

Prepare Your Community For Disasters And Crises With Free Virtual Trainings - Register Here!

Now's the time to prepare for future disasters and traumatic community events. The Comprehensive Behavioral Health Preparedness Toolkit supports schools, faith organizations, local agencies,and other community groups to accommodate the behavioral health needs of individuals as they prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural disasters and school crisis events. Please CLICK on the following link: Comprehensive Behavioral Health Preparedness Toolkit

Unleash Your Inner Champion - U of L Hear Camp 2024

This year's camp will be Thursday-Friday July 18th-19th and Sunday July 21st. This year's theme is olympics, "Unleash Your Inner Champion '', so have your camper ready to be active and have fun! Our goal is to create an environment where the kids can feel included and understand their hearing loss doesn't hold them back (at Hear Camp or anywhere else!). Hear camp is geared towards children with hearing loss, however is inclusive to anyone K-5th grade. We believe educating those without hearing loss is also an important part of our job! With that being said, we encourage friends, families, classmates, etc to sign up for Hear Camp as well! Please CLICK on the following links: Details Register 

Special Article: What People With Hearing Loss Can Learn From Professional Musicians

I was honored to serve as a panelist for The Joy of Music/Loving Your Ears Research Symposium at the HLAA 2023 Convention in New Orleans. It was clear from all the questions the panel received that music listening is an important topic for people with hearing loss. Even though I am a cognitive neuroscientist researching music perception with hearing loss, I found myself leaning on my conservatory training as a classical pianist when answering many of the questions. Please CLICK on the following link: Special Article

KCDHH Communicator

Please CLICK on the following link: KCDHH Communicator

Kentucky Hands & Voices Notification Of Events

We are taking applications for our Family Weekend Retreat at Center for Courageous Kids in Scottsville on April 26-28. This is FREE for families to attend. The DHH child must be between 5-17. ASL interpreting will be provided for the weekend. The application can be accessed here: Click HERE!

Also,  one of our SUPER fun events is coming up in May. Registration is open for the SuperHEARo 5K that will take place in Richmond at White Hall State Historic Site on May 18. We have lots of families, Deaf adults, and the general public attend...and you have a reason to dress up like a superhero! To register to walk or run, Click HERE!  (You can also register for a virtual race if you don't want to make the drive to Richmond, or if a 5K isn't your thing, just come hang out!) 

New Hearing Aid Coverage And Class Action Lawsuit In Washington State Could Spark Wider Changes

There’s good news for residents of Washington state who wear hearing aids—a new law now requires some large group health plans to cover the cost of hearing aids and services. And some Kaiser Foundation Health Plan members may be eligible for reimbursement for their hearing aids under a recent class action lawsuit settlement if they act before April 2, 2024. These recent efforts illustrate the importance of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) and its community of local advocates to spur change across the nation. Please CLICK on the following link: New Hearing Aid Coverage

STOP PRESS:

Read articles on hearing loss subjects of immediate importance, that have recently been announced. Please CLICK here!: STOP PRESS

HLAA’s 2022 Annual Report Is Now Out!

Released at our recent convention in New Orleans, this report details our impact and strategic plans moving forward. Read how our donors, members, sponsors and Hear for Life partners have helped improve the lives of millions of people with hearing loss in the last year. With your generosity and participation, we’re elevating hearing health and accessible communication and strengthening our community of support across the country. Please CLICK on the following link: HLAA's 2022 Annual report

Statewide 988 Awareness Survey

The following is a short, anonymous survey to gauge Kentucky residents’ awareness of the new 3-digit line, 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. We appreciate you taking the time to complete this questionnaire. Please CLICK on the following link: 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline Survey

HLAA Action Alert! Urge Your Representatives in Congress to Pass This Important Law!

On July 25, 2023, Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) and Representative Anna Eshoo (D-CA-16) reintroduced the Communications, Video and Technology Accessibility Act (CVTA) bill, coinciding with the 33rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which became law July 26, 1990. It's purpose is to update digital accessibility for current technologies. HLAA advocated and fully supports this important modernization of the original 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA), which was signed into law in 2010. Your help is needed to pass this critical legislation. Urge your representatives to support CVTA today by clicking on this link: CVTA Action Guide

Deaf And Hard Of Hearing Services (DHHS) Biennial Report 2021 - 2023

During this report period, the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services program navigated a global pandemic that required isolation to control the spread of COVID-19. As a result, the world became more aware of the need for access to services. Kentucky relied on the belief, "We will get through this. We will get through this together." We learned the importance of human connection and the challenges of isolation. For individuals who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Later Deafened, DeafBlind, or DeafDisabled, the pandemic brought additional communication challenges. We could not touch. We masked. We went virtual. We were afraid and life was uncertain. The DBHDID Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services program worked hard to connect with individuals and providers virtually, to address workforce shortages and to mediate the social and emotional effects of the pandemic. This report reflects those efforts as well as the challenges and opportunities ahead to create a more equitable and resilient system of care for individuals with hearing loss across the Commonwealth. Please CLICK on the following link: Biennial report

Hearing Life Magazine Spring Issue Now Available!

Please CLICK on the following link: Hearing Life Magazine

HLAA Hearing Life E-News:

Hearing Life E-News keeps readers up to date with the latest information on hearing loss. Please CLICK here!: Hearing Life E-News

Hear This!

This blog shares ideas and information from HLAA’s Executive Director Barbara Kelley and other HLAA thought leaders on the importance of hearing health. Please CLICK on the following link: Hear This!

HLAA IN Action - HLAA Promotes Consumer Protection in Comments for New Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Rule

HLAA filed comments to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on its proposed rule establishing Over-the-Counter (OTC) hearing aids.  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. Please CLICK on the following link: HLAA In Action

Over-The-Counter (OTC) Hearing Aids Now Available!!

Over-the-Counter (OTC) hearing aids are now available directly to consumers, without a prescription. The FDA released its final rule, clearing the way for this new class of devices to hit the market. OTC hearing aids are designed for adults with mild to moderate hearing loss only. Please CLICK on the following link to learn more: OTC Hearing Aids

Google Maps Now Includes Hearing Loops

Thanks to a joint effort by HLAA’s Get in the Hearing Loop (GITHL) program and Google, you can now use the Google Maps app to find out before you go if a hearing loop is available at a business or venue. Please CLICK on the following link: Google Maps Now Includes Hearing Loops

HLAA National Facebook : Click HERE!

HLAA Kentuckiana Chapter Facebook: Click HERE!

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

IDA Institute Newsletter

Please CLICK on the following link: IDA Institute Newsletter

COVID-19 Update For Kentucky

For the official Team Kentucky source for information concerning COVID-19, please CLICK here!: COVID-19 Update

Tornado Disaster Resources For Deaf And Hard Of Hearing Individuals In Western Kentucky

Please CLICK here!: Tornado Disaster Resources

Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund

Governor Beshear has established the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund to assist those impacted by the floods and the severe weather system beginning July 26, 2022. All donations to the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund are tax-deductible and donors will receive a receipt for tax purposes after donating. Please CLICK on the following link: Flood Relief

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