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November 7, 2016

Dear HLAA Friends and Supporters,

The sentiment about history was expressed by John Gardner and I know what he meant. I’ve been with HLAA for 28 years and what seemed to me over the years – doing the work of the day – was actually history in the making.

Please consider a donation today to so we can keep making history.

What Now?

HLAA is the only consumer-group sponsor for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine study on Hearing Health Care for Adults: Priorities for Improving Access and Affordability. HLAA will work to make the recommendations important to you a reality.

In brief, here are the recommendations. Read the explanation for each recommendation.

  1. Improve Population-Based Information on Hearing Loss and Hearing Health Care
  2. Develop and Promote Measures to Assess and Improve Quality of Hearing Health Care Services
  3. Remove the Food and Drug Administration’s Regulation for Medical Evaluation or Waiver to purchase a Hearing Aid
  4. Empower Consumers and Patients in Their Use of Hearing Health Care
  5. Improve Access to Hearing Health Care for Underserved and Vulnerable Populations
  6. Promote Hearing Health Care in Wellness and Medical Visits
  7. Implement a New FDA Device Category for Over-the-Counter Wearable Hearing Devices
  8. Improve the Compatibility and Interoperability of Hearing Technologies with Communications Systems and the Transparency of Hearing Aid Programming
  9. Improve Affordability of Hearing Health Care (includes Medicare coverage for hearing aids)
  10. Evaluate and Implement Innovative Models of Hearing Health Care to Improve Access, Quality, and Affordability
  11. Improve Publicly Available Information on Hearing Health
  12. Promote Individual, Employer, Private Sector, and Community-Based Actions to Support and Manage Hearing Health and Effective Communication

These recommendations will be the blueprint for our work going forward. People are looking to HLAA to take the lead, but we can only do it with a generous donation from you.

Some of you have a long history of supporting our work and we are deeply appreciative. We are working for you. Be part of our legacy of making history that helps better the lives of people with hearing loss.

Kind regards,
Barbara Kelley
Executive Director
Follow me on Twitter @Bkelley_HLAA

You can make a tax-deductible donation online today. HLAA is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. We also accept matching gifts from your employers. Thank you.

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