Zina Jawadi, an HLAA board of directors member and well known throughout the world of HLAA, shares her personal hearing loss journey. Zina, currently a medical student at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, discusses the challenges she faces as a medical student and what she has learned to improve communication for all.
But like so many aspects of life, hearing health care was impacted by COVID, sometimes causing radical changes that could prove to be permanent. Four people deeply involved in the world of hearing health care—Sydlowski; Kate Carr, president of the Hearing Industries Association (HIA); Barbara Kelley, executive director of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA); and Donna Sorkin, executive director of the American Cochlear Implant (ACI) Alliance—provided personal insights into these changes, as well as initial expectations, surprises, hopes for the future, and silver linings.
Kelley also hopes the heightened awareness of hearing caused by facial coverings will lead to more patients getting the care they need.
“I want to drive more people to hearing health care. Hearing health is part of overall wellness.”
President Joe Biden’s new executive order, signed on Friday, July 9, includes a directive to HHS to consider issuing proposed rules within 120 days for allowing hearing aids to be sold over the counter. The executive order said that the four largest hearing aid manufacturers now control 84% of the market and that hearing aids, which cost more than $5,000 per pair, are “so expensive that only 14% of the approximately 48 million Americans with hearing loss use them.”
Watch how this could impact you in five different ways.
AB 5 – The “gig worker” bill affecting CART providers
AB435 – Locked Hearing Aids
effectively advocate for change at the State level.
Saturday, June 19, 2021
10:00 a.m. PT
Assembly Member Kevin Mullin
Speaker pro Tempore of the California State Assembly
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Do you know and understand what a “locked” hearing aid is? Perhaps you even have one and may not know it. Currently, there is an important assembly bill (AB435) in the California State legislature you should be aware of introduced by Assemblymember Kevin Mullin
“Locked” hearing aids are not consumer-friendly; they require you to return to the provider you purchased them from for repair and adjustments. This practice takes away your consumer right to choose a provider for proper follow-up and caring for your hearing aid. Many times, this policy is not explained at the time of purchase.