Hearing Loss Association of America – HLAA


Notes on HLAA Morris County January 2014 Meeting

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

 

Pat Dobbs our Chapter’s President talked about The “Hearing Loss Revolution” which is all about changing how we feel about ourselves.

Pat began her talk about how this was developed by sharing some background about herself: she was born with normal hearing, but began to lose hearing about the age of 20. She received her first hearing aids at age 25. Her hearing declined steadily through the years…. until the age of 60, when she received her first cochlear implant (C.I.) When considering a C.I., Pat described how she was so desperate – her hearing loss so great – that she didn’t need convincing, did not have trouble deciding with the least amount of information! Getting a C.I. was a turning point in beginning to recognize and to accept her loss. After that she was much more open about educating herself about all the resources available, and started to attend conventions, workshops….and join HLA.

In the first decades of hearing loss, particularly as a young adult, Pat described the long and difficult period of denial – hiding hearing aids, and dismissing any “help” such as the participating in SHHH – the old name for the Hearing Loss of Association of America (HLAA). She wasn’t “one of those ‘old’ people; didn’t want to associate with people with hearing loss; didn’t need assistive listening devices (ALDs); didn’t know anything about ADA law requirements, etc. This attitude resulted in many years of “pretending” to hear what wasn’t heard, creating more difficult and frustrating situations. Pat asked us the “nasty question”: “How many of you have pretended to hear?” Pat’s coping methods included becoming a “master of reading facial expressions” and using that to “pretend” to follow a conversation and hear!

This behavior of denial, ignoring one’s loss, and not letting people know your needs created more and more difficult situations …until one particular “outrageous” incident at her job – colorfully described by Pat – where she was yelled at for her hearing loss, got Pat to finally realize how she herself was creating her own problems. Being totally humiliated at work made her finally realize how not recognizing her own loss and  how not taking responsibility didn’t allow for ANY help….and from that experience began the questioning, “WHY be ashamed, why hide the loss, and then the transformative idea that we (those with hearing loss) have to change ourselves first, and therein lies our power.

After self-acceptance we can educate the public with equanimity (that is, with patience and without anger).  But first there is a lot to learn about one’s own loss and how to cope. Pat threw herself into learning all about the many kinds of ADLs, explaining that hearing aids only take care of the area up  to your arm’s length away, and after that ADLs are important supplements. Pat highlighted the new (induction) looping system, and had Dan Berke from Ahrens Hearing Center who set up a portable system for the meeting to say a few words about it…

Pat raised the question: “What does the general public think of people with hearing loss?” and discussed stereotyping, and misconceptions that we with hearing loss have to explain. Most people do not understand that a hearing aid/ C.I .s do not “fix” your hearing 100% — unlike eyeglasses – it is not a “magic wand;” hearing devices do not remove the loss.

The hearing loss population have to cope on a daily basis, to inform and educate people HOW to communicate. There was a lot of sharing about this among the audience. The main point was that you have to be specific, not just letting people know you have a hearing loss, but also tell people specifically what to do so you can communicate better –people just don’t know. This point was reiterated by those in the audience who do not have a hearing loss – they are frustrated, too, when the hearing impaired do not speak up and tell them what the needs are in communicating (and especially when they pretend to hear!) Many interesting examples of this point was shared among the audience.

Pat distributed handouts about the Hearing Loss Revolution ideas and principles. We have to be brutally honest about our loss, accept it without shame. This change in ourselves will make a positive difference in discovering the best communication strategies.

 

Pat ended the talk announcing workshops and classes that she will be holding:

1. Aural Rehabilitation Class
Thursday January 30, 12:30 – 1:45pm
Class Closed to Public
Kean University, Union, NJ

College Credit Course

1. Hearing Loss Empowerment; How to Improve Communication Skills for both people with Hearing Loss and their Communication Partners
Saturday, March 1, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Free
Unitarian Church in Summit, 4 Waldron Avenue, Summit, NJ

Communication between people with a hearing loss and normal hearing person can be challenging. Course gives tips that helps both parties learn to communicate better.

2. Hearing Loss Empowerment Class (Limit of 9 People – Registration Required)
Tuesdays – March 4, 11, 18, & 25
4 sessions – 1/1/2 hours each session
Total Package $100.00
Location: 43 Spring Garden Drive, Madison, NJ

Class is based on the Hearing Loss Revolution and its 9 Principles as well drawing from other disciplines.

3.  Improve the Communication Skills for both person with and without hearing loss
Thursday March 27th from 10:00-11:-00
Free
Morris School District Community School | Great Horizons
Convention Center Morris Plains, 51 Jim Fear Drive, Morris Plains, NJ

Communication between people with a hearing loss and normal hearing person can be challenging. Course gives tips that helps both parties learn to communicate better.

4.  Hearing Loss Association of America National Conference
Thursday – June 26 from 1:30 – 2:45
Registration for Conference Required
Convention Center, Austin, TX

Talk is on the development of the Hearing Loss Revolution and its 9 Principles.

 

 

HLAA-Morris County Meeting January 2014

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

HLAA MorrisCounty

January 11, 2014 Meeting Announcement

Saturday, January 11, 2014
10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

Madison YMCA (Please Note)
11 Kings Road
Madison, NJ

Captioning Provided by DDHH
Assistive Listening Devices and Temporary Hearing Loop

Pat Dobbs, Chapter President, and Hearing Loss Advocate and Coach will share her new The Hearing Loss Revolution and 9 Positive Principles. This is designed to Empower People with Hearing Loss. It provides strategies for better hearing and positive feeling about our hearing loos.

People with t-coils on their hearing aids or CI will have unique opportunity to benefit from our portable HEARING LOOP and hear speakers clearly!

Future Meetings:
March 8 – Katherine Bouton, author, “Shouting Won’t Help- Why I and 50 Million Other Americans Can’t Hear You”
May 31 – Richard Einhorn, renowned composer talks about his hearing loss
July 12 – Pot luck Picnic

Contact Information:
Pat Dobbs
973.479.8083
email: pat@HearingLossResourceCenter.com
blog:www.HearingLossResourceCenter.com

Hearing Loss Association Morris County Chapter November 11, 2013 Notes

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

Our special guest speaker was Jed A. Kwartler MD, MBA. He is very special to me as
he performed my very successful cochlear implant. 

He is director of the Ear Specialty Center at Summit Medical Group in Berkley 
Heights, NJ. Plus he is involved in clinical trials research related to ear 
disorders. His talk was entitled "Update on Hearing Rehabilitation Options” 
was very informative. 

He reviewed the range of hearing rehabilitation options beyond hearing aids 
including bone conduction devices, middle ear implantable hearing aids and 
changing trends in cochlear implant technology. 

Although there are several types of corrective surgeries, Cochlear Implants 
are the most commonly performed operations as they are so successful.

To learn more about his presentation click here to view his powerpoint 
presentatiton:
https://www.dropbox.com/l/yv97RZM5e8EK9sG3yDMJmc?text=1

 



Walk4Hearing October 20, 2013

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

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We’re excited because this is the first year that the Morris County Chapter has had their own team for the Walk4Hear. Our name is HearOs.

It was a beautiful day, a beautiful turnout and we exceeded our goal

 

YAHOO!!!!!

 

 

 

Chapter Announcement

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

HLAA MorrisCounty 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, November 9, 2013

10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

 

Madison Library –New Location

39 Keep Street, Madison, NJ 07940

Library is right behind the YMCA

 

Captioning Provided by DDHH and

Assistive Listening Devices provided

 

Our special guest speaker Jed A. Kwartler MD, MBA. His specialty is in Otology and Neurotology. He is director of the Ear Specialty Center at SMG, & is involved in clinical trials research related to ear disorders.

His talk is entitled “Update on Hearing Rehabilitation Options”. He will review the range of hearing rehabilitation options beyond hearing aids including bone conduction devices, middle ear implantable hearing aids and changing trends in cochlear implant technology.

 

Future Meetings:

January 11- Pat Dobbs, Hearing Advocate &  Coach talks about Hearing Assistive Technology

March 8 – Katherine Bouton, author, “Shouting Won’t Help- Why I and 50 Million Other Americans Can’t Hear You”

May 31 – Richard Einhorn, renowned composer talks about his hearing loss

July 12 – Pot luck Picnic

 

 

 

The Shakespeare Theatre of NJ Open-Captioned Performance of “Our Town”

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

ShakespeareTheatre of NJ
MADISON, NJ—The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s upcoming production of Our Town will include an exclusive open-captioned performance on Sunday, November 10th at 2 p.m. Captioning will be provided by c2 (caption coalition) inc, a 501(c)(3) non-profit company which utilizes Live Performance Captioning (sm) for Hard of Hearing and Deaf patrons at live theatrical and cultural events. For tickets or for more information, call the box office at 973-408-5600 or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org. The Shakespeare Theatre’s Main Stage, The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, is located at 36 Madison Avenue (at Lancaster Road), in Madison.

Our Town begins performances on October 17 and runs through November 17 at the Theatre’s Main Stage – the F. M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre. The production celebrates the 75th anniversary of a beloved, Pulitzer Prize-winning, American classic. Our Town has become an idyllic symbol of our collective national past – a time and place where decency, friendship and wholesome values were the norm – an America untainted by the greed, corruption, pollution and violence that now darken our horizon. The ordinary citizens of the ordinary town of Grover’s Corners weave an extraordinary and timeless tale about life, love and mortality.

Accessibility
The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre is barrier free with access into the Theatre via a ramp and elevator access to all floors. Wheelchair seating and transfer seating is available. Braille and large print programs are available. Infrared listening devices are available free of charge.

The Shakespeare Theatre’s commitment to accessibility also includes an audio-described performance on Saturday, November 2nd at 2 p.m. for those who are blind or have visual impairments. Audio description enables patrons to hear, through an FM transmitter, a live description of the action on the stage. A pre-performance sensory seminar is offered that allows patrons to explore props, costumes and set pieces to further enhance their live theatrical experience. The service is offered free of charge.

Special Performances
The first preview performance of Our Town on Thursday, October 17 at 8 p.m. offers opportunities for reduced-price tickets, as an incentive to first-time theatergoers. For those who would otherwise not be able to afford a night at the theatre, the first preview performance is Pay What You Can night – pay what you are able for that evening’s 7:30 p.m. preview performance. Offer is subject to availability. Call the box office at 973-408-5600 for details.

For no more than the cost of a regular ticket, Symposium Series performances include the addition of a free post-play discussion with the cast and artistic staff, on Tuesday, October 22nd at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, October 26th and Saturday, November 2nd at 2:00 p.m.

On Thursday, October 24th, The Shakespeare Theatre presents the popular education program Know the Show. From 7:00 to 7:30 p.m., members of the artistic staff will present a pre-performance talk that provides background information and an insider’s perspective on Our Town.

General admission to Know the Show is $5 for the general public, $4 for subscribers and ticket package holders. Tickets to that evening’s 8:00 p.m. performance may be purchased separately.

Tickets & General Information
Performances are Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. For tickets or more information, call the box office at 973-408-5600 or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org.

The Shakespeare Theatre’s 2013 Season
The 2013 season will close with William Shakespeare’s Pericles, a fantastical odyssey epic filled with perilous adventures, courageous acts, and a thrilling and climactic rejuvenation. Pericles will begin performances on December 4th and continues through December 29th. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 973-408-5600 or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org.

The acclaimed Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is an independent, professional theatre company located on the Drew University campus. One of the leading Shakespeare theatres in the nation, serving 100,000 adults and children annually, it is New Jersey’s only professional theatre company dedicated solely to Shakespeare’s canon and other world classics. Through its distinguished productions and education programs, the company strives to illuminate the universal and lasting relevance of the classics for contemporary audiences.
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The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s programs are made possible, in part, by funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional major support is received from The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the F. M. Kirby Foundation, The Edward T. Cone Foundation, The Shubert Foundation and Drew University, as well as contributions from numerous corporations, foundations, government agencies and individuals. Crystal Rock Water is the company’s official water provider of The Shakespeare Theatre. Sages Pages is the official bookstore of The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.

GENERAL INFORMATION

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: Bonnie J. Monte

MAIN STAGE:
F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre
36 Madison Ave. (at Lancaster Rd.)
Madison, NJ
(on the campus of Drew University)

TICKETS & INFO: Call 973-408-5600 or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org

Our Town -SNAPSHOT
By Thornton Wilder
Directed by Joseph Discher

October 17 – November 17, 2013

Venue: F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Avenue at Lancaster Rd. in Madison

Performances: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Sundays at 7:30 pm; Thursday, Friday, Saturdays at 8 pm; Saturday and Sundays at 2 pm.

Tickets: Call the Box Office at 973-408-5600 or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org.

Previews: Thursday, October 17 and Friday, October 18 at 8 pm; Saturday, October 19 at 2 pm

Opening Night: Saturday, October 19 at 7:30 pm.

Post-Show Symposium Performances: Tuesday, October 22 at 7:30 pm; Saturday, October 26 and November 2 at 2 pm.

Know the Show: Thursday, October 24 at 7 pm.

Audio Described Performance: Saturday, November 2 at 2 pm.

Open-Captioned Performance: Sunday, November 10 at 2 p.m.

Closing performance: Sunday, November 17 at 2 pm.

HLAA Morris County Chapter Meeting Announcement

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

HLAA MorrisCounty

The Chapter’s Voice for People with Hearing Loss
Information ● Education ● Support ● Advocacy

CHAPTER MEETING

Saturday, September 21, 2013
10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

Madison YMCA
111 Kings Road, Madison, NJ 07940

Captioning Provided by DDHH and
Assistive Listening Devices

Please join us for our special guest speaker, Elizabeth LeBarron, HLAA State and Chapter Coordinator. Elizabeth will speak about what HLAA has done to support people with a hearing loss and what we can do as well.

Following the group meeting will be a business meeting to discuss our goals and how to achieve them. Meeting will be at Pat Dobbs’ home at 43 Spring Garden Drive. We will provide lunch.

Future Meetings:
November 9 – Dr. Jed Kwartler, Director of Summit Medical Group Otology/Neurotology
January 11- Pat Dobbs, Hearing Advocate & Coach talks about Hearing Assistive Technology
March 8 – Katherine Bouton, author, “Shouting Won’t Help- Why I and 50 Million Other Americans Can’t Hear You”
May 31 – Richard Einhorn, Renowned composer talks about his hearing loss

Contact Information:
Pat Dobbs
973.479.8083
email: pat@HearingLossResourceCenter.com
blog:www.HearingLossResource

HLAA, Morris County Annual Pot Luck Party July 13, 2013

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

About 20 people gathered together at Pat’s home for our Chapter’s Annual Pot Luck Party. The weather held out for us – maybe a little rain but never real bad. People bought delicious food to share. Some stayed outside to enjoy garden and some inside.

But either way the best part was getting to know each other better. Usually after meeting we each rush off, but this gave us the time for pure socializing and enjoying each other.

Our next meeting will be September 21st. We look forward to seeing you there. We’re excited because our guest speaker will be Elizabeth LeBaron from HLAA. More exciting info to follow.

Pictures speak better than words. These pictures were taken with my iPhone.

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HLAA Convention, June 27–30, 2013 in Portland, OR

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

People involved in spreading word on "Hearing Loops"

Loops & Telecoil Group 

 

 

Above is picture taken at convention of the Loops & Telecoil Group whose goal is to spread the word on “hearing loops”.

 
from Pat……. and the 2nd article is by Sandy Spekman

I attended the Convention staying at the Hilton Doubletree Hotel, an easy and pleasant 10-minute walk from the Conference Center. It was fun seeing so many people with hearing aids and cochlear implants. Also nice being with a group of people that gets what it’s like to not have perfect hearing – We would frequently tap one other on the shoulder to get our attention. Or at night my roomie and I would announce to each other that we were “going deaf” meaning taking out our Cochlear Implant for the night and in the morning announce when we were “turned on” – how cool!

The Conference was well organized and well attended (about 800 people of all ages) with excellent presentations and workshops. The meeting rooms were “looped” so attendees with telecoil equipped hearing aids and CI could hear with no difficulty. This year it included a farewell to outgoing HLAA executive director Brenda Battat, and an opportunity to meet the new Executive Director Designate, Anna Gillmore Hall.

New to the conference this year was a full day tailored to honor and educate veterans and their families. Programs were offered to educate attendees about assistive technology available for everyday situations and how to successfully navigate relationships with spouses or partners. Attendees were able to participate in an open forum with hearing health care professionals.

It was announced that HLAA has been selected by the International Federation of Hard of Hearing People (IFHOH) to host their next Hearing Loss Congress in June 23–26, 2016 out in Washington DC. This will be an excellent opportunity to learn about and discuss issues that are impacting people with hearing loss worldwide and to learn from different countries’ their individual perspectives and possible solutions.

The keynote speaker at the convention was Howard Weinstein the inventor of Solar Ear. After a series of life-changing events, Howard took a volunteer position with the World University Service of Canada. He worked in a community for people with disabilities in Botswana. After being there a few years, he implemented a start-up company where he employed people with hearing loss and physical disabilities. He produced 3 new products: a solar energy powered hearing aid, an analog solar charger and a rechargeable battery. He then replicated this company in Brazil with similar results. Through these programs Howard has created new access to hearing aids and improved social integration for the largely excluded population of low-income people with hearing loss in developing countries. Using the same hearing aid components as used in leading hearing aids, he was able to manufacture affordable hearing aids for a mere $79.

One of the convention guests was a young man, Jacob Landis the inspiration for “Jacobs Ride.” He had a dream to ride his bike to all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums around the country with the goal of raising $1 million for people with hearing loss who could benefit from a cochlear implant or other hearing device, but couldn’t afford one.

At the Welcoming session/open party on Thursday evening there was an open bar, plenty of food, free non-permanent henna dye tattoos and artists that would do caricature portraits. It was a good time to socialize, reacquaint with, and meet new people from different areas of the country.

On Friday morning there was a Research Symposium with the latest developments in Hearing Rehabilitation Research. There were workshops were on Advocacy, Assistive & Other Technology, Hearing Aids & Cochlear Implants, Relationships & Communications and State/Chapter/Development. There were also Demo Presentations on Captioned Telephones, Advances from CapTel, IBM – AbilityLab Media Captioner and Editor, Med-El Cochlear Implants, New Innovations in Cochlear Implant Technology, Cochlear America, Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), ClearSounds, Advanced Bionics, SoundCure and Serenade Tinnitus Treatment System.

Portland is a beautiful city with a wonderful Light-Rail Transportation System. After the closing awards banquet on Sunday I got on the train (reasonable at $2.50 per person) and traveled all over Portland which is a beautiful city. On Monday I took Amtrak to Seattle to visit with my cousin – sad to say leave but looking forward to next convention in Austin, TX.

Sandy’s Report of the HLAA Convention in Portland, Oregon
July 11, 2013

At the Opening Ceremonies, after listening to Howard Weinstein, inventor of the Solar Ear, talk about what he does in third world countries to help low-income people hear, I feel so fortunate to have been born in the USA. I’m also fortunate to have two cochlear implants. For more information on Howard Weinstein and the Solar Ear, go to: http://kopernik.info/en-us/story/howard-weinstein-solar-ear. It’s also amazing how one person can make such a difference in the lives of so many!

At one of the State/Chapter Development Workshops: Lessons from Los Angeles: Advocacy Made Easy, learned how another person, Malik B. El-Amin, was making a difference in Los Angeles: http://www.griottheatre.org/about/administration.html
In the Exhibit Hall, some new products I learned are:
• Dry Caddy, by Dry and Store, now manufactures a hearing aid/cochlear implant desiccant that it’s to travel with – light weight, no electricity is required, and it’s perfect for taking it to the beach or when traveling.

• ClearSounds is coming out with a new Quattro, which is an amplified Bluetooth neckloop for those with hearing aids or cochlear implants. The Quattro4.0 is the ONLY neckloop with a removable Bluetooth mic which offers the ability to hear clearly in any environment such as meetings, restaurants, etc. – See more at: http://www.clearsounds.com/product/quattro40-bluetooth-listening-system-pre-launch-sneak-peek#sthash.bFDOm6E0.dpuf

• At the Advanced Bionics booth, I learned that I can use my Neptune (swimmable speech processor) in the ocean. Previously, I thought I could only use it in fresh water or pools, not salt water. I’m happy to hear this, because I swim a lot.
• At the Hamilton Cap-Tel booth, I learned how to have the captions put on my IPhone will I’m also talking on it. I have CaptionCall at home, but I didn’t have captions on my IPhone until now. However, I can hear on the phone, so I really don’t need the captions (but it’s nice to know that it can be done).

At the Banquet, since Executive Director Brenda Battat is retiring after 27 years with HLAA, there was a film of people saying goodbye. This included HLAA office staff, friends, and other executives such as Claude Stout, Executive Director of TDI.
I participated in a research study by Gallaudet University for cochlear implant users who use the phone. It was a study to investigate the level of quality that will lead to effective use of video telephone services for lipreading. I found this study very interesting.

Interesting People I Talked to:

• Jeff Bonnell – the State Director of the HLA of Georgia. I connected him with someone in AARP who I’ve contacted about providing captioning for the AARP Convention, which will be held in Atlanta October 3-5.

• Ruth Warick – the President of IFHOH – International Federation of Hard of Hearing. Ruth, from Vancouver, will be attending the United Nations Conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities July 17-19, 2013 in NYC so maybe we will connect again then.

• Anna Gilmore Hall – the new Executive Director of HLAA

• Mitch Turbin, Ph.D. – he is a former classmate and friend of my husband, Hyman (Bronx Science High School class of 1969). Mitch presented at the Research Symposium: Latest Developments in Hearing Rehabilitative Research on the topic of group aural rehabilitation. Mitch lives in Portland, Oregon.

• Jacob Landis – Pat Dobbs and I happened to see him on the train going from the Portland Airport to the Double-Tree Hilton Hotel. Jacob is riding across the country to 30 baseball stadiums to raise money for cochlear implants. He presented at the Opening Session on his progress so far, riding in the rain, cold, heat, etc. to reach his goal. If you’d like to read about him or donate, go to: http://www.jacobsride.com/.

• Brenda Battat – since we each retired about the same time, we had a nice chat, which included Hyman, my husband. They talked about employee benefits, which Hyman specializes in.

There is so much more that I could add to this report, but you get a general idea of it. The entire convention booklet is also attached to this email. This was my 16th convention. Next year, it’s June 26-29, 2014 in Austin, Texas.
Sandy Spekman

New Hearing Aid Tax Credit Bill – Please Sign Link

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Please contact your representative! Click on the web site link at the end of the article.

New hearing aid tax credit bill would benefit people of any age
By David Kirkwood On April 9, 2013 ·

WASHINGTON, DC—Lead sponsors Rep. Tom Latham (R-IA) and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) were joined by eight co-sponsors in reintroducing Hearing Aid Tax Credit legislation into the Congress on March 21. These and other sponsors will work to ensure that the measure is considered during the 113th Congress, one in which major federal tax reform is likely.

This year’s bill, HR 1317, differs somewhat from similar measures introduced in previous sessions of congress in that the tax credit would be available to hearing aid purchasers of any age. Previous bills would have applied only to children and people 55 and older.

If the proposed bi-partisan legislation is enacted, it will provide a $500 tax credit per hearing aid purchased. The credit would be available every five years.

HEARING CARE COMMUNITY LOBBIES

A few weeks before the measure was re-introduced, the Hearing Industries Association (HIA) and the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) rallied support for it at HIA’s biennial Hearing on the Hill.

HIA and HLAA members formed teams to meet with over 80 members of the House and Senate and staffers to lobby for passage of HR 1317 and a companion bill in the Senate. Joining them were members of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Society and the International Hearing Society.

Andrew Bopp, HIA’s director of government relations, said, “Public support and House/Senate co-sponsorship are crucial to the tax credit’s passage. We urge all consumers and hearing professionals to contact their Congressional Representatives in support of the Hearing Aid Tax Credit.”

Voters can send a message to their representatives by going to a web site created for this purpose by the Better Hearing Institute