HLAA-LA Chapter Meeting Saturday, April 23rd – CA Phones Town Hall Meeting

Hi Everyone,

CaptelOur next HLAA-LA Chapter meeting is right around the corner on Saturday, April 23rd from 10:00-12:00 pm. Same place and same time.

We are going to host a CA Phones Town Hall Meeting. Per their website, “Thanks to California Phones, from the California Telephone Access Program, it’s easier for everyone to stay connected. We offer free specialized phones that make it easier to hear, dial and call. Over half a million Californians are already enjoying California Phones.”
http://www.californiaphones.org

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FDA Approves Sale of Laser Hearing Aids

Some interesting news regarding the sale of laser hearing aids.

http://www.earlenscorp.com/technology/device/

News in Brief | February 2016

Laser Hearing AidsFDA Approves Sale of Laser Hearing Aids
The ASHA Leader, February 2016, Vol. 21, 13. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB2.21022016.13

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved the marketing of a hearing aid that uses a laser diode and direct vibration of the eardrum to amplify sound.

The device uses a phenomenon known as the optoacoustic effect, in which some of the photons of certain types of light are absorbed and their energy is transformed into sound-generating waves when the light strikes a surface. About 10 years ago, scientists began exploring how this ability to “hear” light could be used in hearing aids.

ADA Information Hotline

Here is a helpful post on a blog for people with hearing & vision loss.

The United States Department of Justice operates a toll-free Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information Line to provide information and materials to the public about the requirements of the ADA.

If you’d like assistance understanding how the ADA applies to your situation, ADA Specialists are available Monday through Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM.

1-800-514-0301 (Voice)
1-800-514-0383 (TTY)
Calls are confidential
And a link to ADA resources

http://www.ada.gov/ada_info.htm?blm_aid=17419

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