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February 1, 2022

Hello!


In our February 1, 2022 issue, we share with you. . . .
  • Update on the Washington State hearing aid coverage bill (1854)
  • Where to find a hearing-friendly movie theater
  • Hearing aids that may help with tinnitus
  • HLAA's push for consumer protection for over-the-counter hearing aids
  • A hearing loss research study you may qualify for
  • Our next HOPE meeting tomorrow, February 2, 2022
  • Job search webinar for people with hearing loss
Hearing Loss Advocacy
 
Update: Washington State Legislative Session, Feb. 1, 2022

What: House Bill,1854 requiring private insurers to cover hearing aids for adults and children Washington  State
 
Wins to Date: The bill has a hearing in House Health Care and Wellness Committee on February 2, 2022.
  • As of February 1, 2022, 181 people have signed up as PRO. Thank you to everyone for your advocacy!
  • HLAA-WA will attend, but may not be called upon to testify. We will send an update following the hearing.
Next Steps: The goal of this week’s hearing is to demonstrate the need and widespread support for the legislation. Afterward, the Health Care & Wellness committee will decide on what's next for the bill. 

Actions You Can Take to Help:  If you haven’t already.... We encourage you to share personal stories of how your hearing aids help you or people you love. Highlight the personal financial impact and the amount you have spent on hearing care. If you or someone you love can't afford hearing aids, please share that.
 
Washington State Hearing Loss News

Back to the Movies? Here's Where You Can Find Hearing-Friendly Theaters
 

Movie houses across the country are slowly opening up. If you miss the smell of freshly buttered popcorn and big-screen magic, check out our guide to hearing-friendly movie theaters in Washington State.

Note that as part of our advocacy, we're working with lawmakers, state government, other advocates, and cinema owners to bring more open captioned shows to Washington State. We've signed a letter of support for a budget proviso that would explore possible programs and solutions. Stay tuned.
Let's Talk Hearing Tech

Some Hearing Aids Can Help Your Tinnitus
 

Tinnitus refers to a ringing, roaring, or other unwanted nose in your ear. It can be debilitating, annoying, or anywhere in between. But there are ways to minimize tinnitus so it's less bothersome. Some hearing aids may help mask it. 

In this recent article, The Sound Guys recommend the best hearing aids for tinnitus
News from HLAA Headquarters

HLAA Urges the FDA to Prioritize Consumer Protection for Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids
 

Consumer protections, a 45-day trial period, and clear labeling were among the recommendations that HLAA submitted to the FDA during the comment period for over-the-counter hearing aid rules.

The FDA will eventually set rules for these OTC hearing aids, which are designed so that people with milder hearing loss have easy, affordable access to hearing help. 

Read HLAA's full letter to the FDA here.
Hearing Loss in the News

Help Researchers With a Study About People Who Have Hearing Loss But No Cochlear Implants
 

 
Stanford researchers are hoping to learn more about people with severe to profound hearing loss who do not wear cochlear implants. The research team has put together a 5-minute survey to screen people for future interviews. Participants selected for a video interview will be paid a $50 gift card in appreciation of their time.
 
Hearing Loss Events
Next HOPE Meeting TOMORROW, February 2, 2022
 
 
As we slowly emerge from the pandemic, how's your hearing? Are you struggling to hear at the doctor, or at the local theater? Wondering if technology might help you, but you don't know where to start?

Our Hearing Other People's Experiences (HOPE) meetings provide a safe, encouraging virtual environment for people with hearing loss —and their friends and family—to ask questions and to share tips and support. All meetings are free, captioned, and facilitated by a caring team of hearing loss advocates. Join us as we encourage and support each other and learn to thrive with hearing loss. 
 
Our HOPE Crew hosts valuable and enjoyable Zoom meetings the 1st Wednesday of each month at 4:00 p.m.  We’ll be looking for you!
Register for the February 2, 2022 HOPE meeting
Job Search Help & Empowerment for People with Hearing Loss Webinar on Tuesday, February 8, 2022
 

 
How can the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) help people with hearing loss find work, stay in their current jobs, improve their performance, reduce stress, and more?

This webinar is part of HLAA's Task Force on Employment, which helps employers and people with hearing loss with hearing accommodation, techniques, technologies, and more.
Register for "Your Partner in Employment" webinar here
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HLAA and HLAA-Washington can connect you to the people, technologies, and programs that can help you live your best life, regardless of your ability to hear. Because life is worth hearing.
 
As an HLAA member, your dues help to support our hearing loss programs, boost our advocacy efforts, and help you stay connected. Member benefits include product discounts, reduced convention registration fees, help with the latest hearing loss tech, and HLAA's award-winning quarterly magazine, Hearing Life. 
 
Your HLAA membership automatically includes a membership in HLAA-Washington. Dues start at $45 a year, and veterans can join free for a year.
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