February 2024 Edition
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?
Webinar: How Can Over-The Counter (OTC) Hearing Aids Help? - February 20 At 2-3pm EST
AARP and NIH experts answer questions about new devices available directly to consumers. To register, please CLICK here: Register
Free Virtual Deaf/Hard Of Hearing (DHH) Support Groups
The Bridgehaven Center for Peer Excellence is proud to offer free one hour groups focusing on the topics listed in this link: Topics
Webinar: Graphic Medicine And Universal Design - February 23 At 1-3pm EST
This seminar will explore ways in which comics and illustrations can help reduce barriers and increase understanding between clients and clinicians in healthcare settings. Please CLICK here to register: Register
Kentucky Hands & Voices Notification Of Events And Vacancies
Here is the online application form for our Board of Directors vacancies (pediatric audiologist or parent): Application Form
Also, 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!)
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 Fall 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
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
Please CLICK on the following link: KCDHH Communicator
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
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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