On October 17, Over-the-Counter (OTC) hearing aids were finally approved for consumers to learn, explore and try. With countless millions of people suffering with hearing loss and high hearing aids costs, this may potentially be a real game changer.
Please see the HLAA resources below to learn more about OTC hearing aids, if you need one, and how to approach finding hearing aids that you can feel happy with.
HLAA played a big role in not only providing guidance on OTC regulations and rules, but also getting the word out to the media and our consumers. It will take time to truly find what works for you, but your hearing wellness should be your top priority!
See what HLAA has been involved with in the OTC news!
The Los Angeles chapter is a proud recipient of proceeds from the ClearTech ULV all-in-one clean pen. The pen will clean numerous types of devices and equipment. This includes airpods, headphones and your hearing devices!
This pen was conceived by students at the University of La Verne led by Hannah David. Together, they formed their ClearTech ULV company with Hannah as the CEO with her talented team.
Learn more about this amazing product and place an order! This is for a good cause for a handy product to support not only the chapter, but the passion and drive shown by ClearTect ULV!
Topic: Cochlear Implants of Today with Cochlear Americas Date: Saturday, October 8, 2022 Where: Online Zoom Meeting Time: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. PT Audience: Open to all for this free event. Please pass along this invite to others!
NOTE: Make sure to note this replaces our typical fourth Saturday of the month meeting.
The U.S. Department of Labor wants feedback from persons who are deaf or with hearing loss and their experience accessing employment services through American Job Centers. They are looking for people who have recently used or interacted with American Job Centers who would be willing to share their input in an hour-long virtual listening session.
To participate in an hour-long listening session hosted by the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the Civil Rights Center (CRC), participants should have:
interacted with public or government-funded employment agencies, such as American Job Centers or One Stop,
had these interactions within the past five years,
used either a phone call, in-person meeting, or virtual meeting as part of this interaction.
Two meeting dates are set. Each meeting is 60 minutes long on Zoom platform and will include live/ASR captioning, CART captioning, and ASL.
Monday, September 12 at 3 p.m. ET Wednesday, September 14 at Noon ET
To participate or to learn more, contact *Michael Petrick, Program Manager at Economic Systems at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is looking for individuals who either wear hearing aids now, and are considering trying OTC hearing aids, OR who have never had hearing aids, and are now considering shopping for OTC hearing aids.
The purpose is with OTC hearing aids becoming the real deal in the middle of October, HLAA would like to have individuals share their journey and experiences with OTC hearing aids with millions of individuals who could find inspiration and hope. If you or know of anyone that might be interested in OTC and sharing, please reply to this post or email at email@example.com.
Topic: Learning all the great benefits of CTAP! Date: Saturday, August 27, 2022 Where: Online Zoom Meeting Time: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. PT Audience: Open to all for this free event. Please pass along this invite to others!
The California Telephone Access Program (CTAP) is an invaluable service that many individuals are unaware of or don’t fully understand the free services they may be entitled to. CTAP products are geared to meet many needs including telephones, amplifiers, ring-signal, speech devices, headsets, and many accessories. So much help is available, you just need to ask!
Please join us as Oskar Aguilar, from CTAP, will explain the program and benefits and get your questions answered. This service could make a difference for you and others you care about that could benefit.
On August 16, the FDA issued a final rule for over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids and how they will be sold to consumers. This is a big day for those with mild to moderate hearing loss as many more affordable hearing aid options will become available within the control of the consumer themselves.
This is a long-awaited FDA rule and couldn’t come soon enough for millions of Americans who have put off buying or even considering a hearing aid due to costs.
To get all your answers to your questions and to learn more, please visit the HLAA OTC site.
Google Maps has recently begun including hearing loops in the accessibility information on its website. This has received little notice from the national media or hearing loss–related entities but, for the hard of hearing, this is important news. A national database of looped venues has been a goal of hearing loop advocates for years and it’s finally becoming a reality. This action, a joint undertaking of the Get in the Hearing Loop Committee (GITHL) of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) and Google Maps, is the latest example of the growing awareness and availability of hearing loops in public places.
Check out this feel-good story about how a simple act of providing a hearing aid to someone in need can dramatically change their lives. Thanks to Starkey Cares, they helped make a huge and positive impact for Branden Thibodeau, a Special Olympics softball player.
We had a wonderful presentation and discussion covering the family dynamics and challenges faced with hearing loss. Dr. Jen Anfinson was kind enough to put together and present to our audience with many interesting topics and Q&A.