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Minnesota’s New Closed Captioning Law Takes Effect

August 4, 2016 in Captioning / Relay, Legislation

 

August 1, 2016
Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind & Hard of Hearing Minnesotans Bulletin

Good news!  Starting today, August 1st, Minnesota’s new closed captioning law goes into effect.  As of now, closed captioning is required to be kept on at all times in certain medical facilities.

The law applies to waiting rooms in hospitals, surgical centers, birth centers and some group homes.  The group homes affected are those that provide housing, meals and services to five or more people who are developmentally or physically disabled, chemically dependent or mentally ill.

Read more  . . . or view Signed/Captioned Video

PCAST Recommends Changes to Promote Innovation in Hearing Technologies

January 21, 2016 in Hearing Loss & Deafness, Legislation

 

Summary:
President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology letter report investigated age-related mild to moderate hearing loss.

OCTOBER 26, 2015 AT 1:10 PM ET
BY CHRISTINE CASSEL AND ED PENHOET

Untreated, age-related hearing loss is a significant national problem. With the population 65 and older in the United States expected to reach 80 million in the next 25 years, the number of people with hearing loss will rise dramatically. Already, a quarter of adults between 60 and 69 years, more than half of adults between 70 and 79 years, and almost 80 percent of those older than 80 years have difficulty hearing – that’s almost 30 million Americans. Only a small fraction of this group seek out and use assistive hearing technologies, including hearing aids, and that rate is even smaller among low income and racial and ethnic minorities.

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) believes there is an opportunity to enhance the pace of innovation, decrease cost, and improve the capability, convenience, and use of assistive hearing devices for individuals whose hearing has diminished in a mild to moderate way with age. Today, we delivered a letter report to the President, Aging America & Hearing Loss: Imperative of Improved Hearing Technologies, that examines these issues and includes several recommendations as part of our larger study about how technologies can help Americans remain independent as they age.

Read ALL  . . . PCAST Summary

The Audiology Elephant – By Angela Loavenbruck

January 21, 2016 in Community News, Legislation

 

 

Hearing Health & Technology Matters
By Angela Loavenbruck

In my last entry, I examined the mythical elephant PCAST created in its examination of the hearing healthcare system. The creature seemed to be purely product – no professional services needed – and closely resembled the vision of the Consumer Electronics Association and PSAP manufacturers.

In many ways, the PCAST report is the epitome of the commoditization of hearing healthcare.

The word audiologist was barely used in the report while the more generic “dispenser” and “hearing health care provider” were used more often. Without any evidence whatsoever, the PCAST vision delegated those with mild to moderate hearing loss – the largest category of hearing impaired individuals – into a category where self-diagnosis, self-fitting and self-adjusting are all that is needed.

Read More . . . hearing healthcare system

FDA is extending public comment time for Hearing aids

January 8, 2016 in Hearing Aids, Legislation, Technology

 

The Hill
By Tim Devaney – 01/06/16

Hearing aids: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is delaying new guidelines for hearing aids.

The FDA issued draft guidance for “hearing aid devices and personal sound amplification products” in 2013 but is now reopening the comment period to give the public more time to discuss.

The public has 120 days to comment.

Source The Hill