HLAA KY Chapters Website January 2021 Edition
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Read Linda bilodeau's Special Article: "New hearing Beginnings"
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
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
Join The HLAA Giving Challenge!
The HLAA Giving Challenge is about so much more than raising money in the short term. It’s about the future of HLAA and building our capacity as an organization to better help people like you, and those you love, who are determined to live their best lives with hearing loss. Please CLICK on the following link: The HLAA Giving Challenge
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
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
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