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Medicare Coverage of Hearing Aids

The time has come to let your Senators and Congress
members know that hearing healthcare matters!

Click here for a sample of what you can email to your national representatives. Visit their official websites to send your emailed comments. Or visit their Facebook pages.

  • Tips for your email. Make your email short and to the point. Emphasize your personal experience with hearing aids, and your support for Medicare coverage of hearing aids.

 HLAA's NEW Feature!

Chapter and State Meetings, Educational and Product/Service Meetings and Webinars...

...from HLAA National and
HLAA Chapters ​across the U.S.

...all in one place, and open to anyone!

NOTE:  Meetings are listed in PT, MT, CT, and ET, so be sure you tune in at the correct time
Colorado Topics are Posted Here
AND, Hearing-friendly Social Outings for Fun, Fellowship, and FOOD
With Gold Medals hanging from our necks, the HLAA-CS Chapter visits the Olympic Museum.
Geri stepped into LeBrons' life-size shoe print and stood next to his life-size image - not a match!
Geri, Bette, Duane, Vickie, Pauline (and friend)
Ok, they were not really gold medals, but they were high-tech visitor badges that activated personalized exhibits that each of us visited.
At final exhibit -

BIG Oops!
Sorry, Duane - we thought that was you with us!
HLAA launches our new branded HLAA Groups Online Communities

In addition to hosting our Facebook Official Community & Support group, we have added six special interest subgroups. Through each subgroup, you will connect to a nationwide community for support and sharing of ideas. Learn More and Join Here

The six subgroups to join are:
1. HLAA Advocacy—This group has been established to support advocates across the country.
2. HLAA GITHL (Get in the Hearing Loop)—The group is open to HLAA members, hearing loop advocates, installers, manufacturers and anyone interested in providing communication access to people with hearing loss via hearing loops. It is intended to be a clearinghouse of information about hearing loops and telecoil technology.
3. HLAA Leaders—The purpose of this group is to share useful information, our successes and tips for leading and developing HLAA Chapters and State Organizations in their efforts to support the mission of HLAA.
4. HLAA Newsletter Editors—This is a group for HLAA Chapter and State Organization newsletter editors.
5. HLAA Tech—This is an HLAA group focused on assisting chapters with all things technology-oriented such as virtual meetings, websites, social media and software programs.
6. HLAA VeteransThis is the group for the Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter. The chapter’s mission is to provide education, be an advocate for veterans with hearing loss and to provide a support system to help them to return and adjust to civilian life. Veterans with hearing loss and supportive friends and family members are encouraged to join the chapter and this group.

Advocacy At the State Level
Boulder Chapter Initiates Open Caption Movies in Colorado!
HLAA-CS will plan a Chapter outing to one of these theaters soon!
All Colorado Cinemarks
will show 

EVERY movie that comes with
Open Captions

TWO days EVERY week
through September 12th  

We need YOUR help for it to continue after that. It is so important for each of us to frequent these movies often and let management know how it benefited you! To find out more, click on the HLAA Colorado website here.
Advocacy At the Local Level
Pictured at right is HLAA-CS Vice President, Duane Gritzmaker, using the loop at the reception desk of Dr. Theodore Lawson of MDVIP in Colorado Springs and with Dr. Lawson during an office visit.  The Portable Induction Loop is truly portable as Dr. Lawson can pick it up at the reception desk and take it to the treatment room.
Looping the Springs!
Gleneagle Sertoma provided 10 portable hearing induction loops to doctors at medical, vision and dental offices in Colorado Springs.
And, this spring, Woodmen Valley Sertoma generously funded Pikes Peak Library District to install a hearing loop in the Community Room at ​East Library branch!
HLAA-CS Board Members, Duane Gritzmaker, Pauline Weiss, Geri Tierney, and Vickie Pacheco met with Lori Velie, Ent Service Area Manager, and Jill Lesney, Ent Westside Service Center, to give a demo and presentation about hearing loops for HLAA-CS and Ent members with hearing loss.

Ent Westside Service Center on West Colorado Avenue now has a countertop hearing loop. The portability with this unit allows it to be taken to teller windows or private rooms enabling us to clearly hear conversation with bank employees.
Advocacy At the Federal Level
Lise Hamlin,
Director of Public Policy
Hearing Loss Association
of America
Over-the-Counter Hearing Devices
Rules and Regulations are Long Overdue
With the Over-the-Counter (OTC) Hearing Aid Act of 2017, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), was charged with the responsibility of drafting the proposed rules, and issuing regulations by August 2020, which has not been met.

On July 9, 2021, President Joe Biden issued a directive specifically calling out the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to consider issuing proposed rules within 120 days for allowing hearing aids to be sold over the counter.

In January 2021, HLAA sent a letter to Commissioner Hahn of the FDA urging swift action to put regulations in place that will set in motion the development and sales of actual Over-the-Counter (OTC) hearing devices.
With the rules in place, adults with mild to moderate hearing loss will have the opportunity to access hearing devices that could benefit them and be affordable as well.

On July 13, HLAA met with Steven Cha, counsel to HHS Secretary Becerra, along with AARP and Bose to discuss OTC hearing aids and when the proposed rules would be issued.

HLAA reasons that without rules, who will consumers turn to if some of these products are not safe or effective? Rules will bring certainty to the marketplace as well as protections for consumers.
Do You Believe Everything You Read
on the Internet or See on TV?
by Barbara Kelley, Executive Director
Hearing Loss Association of America

Beware of Misinformation

To be very clear, these, are intended for adults with mild to moderate hearing loss.

Unfortunately, the reporting on TV was misleading and downright incorrect in some cases. For example, “Good Morning America” on ABC reported that OTC hearing devices would benefit millions with “extreme hearing loss.” This type of reporting is misleading and causes more confusion. While some will be able to self-diagnose and self-fit a hearing device when it is approved by the FDA, it will not be an option for all. There’s also danger when people with more severe hearing loss wait for devices that are not intended for their use and would mostly likely not address their unique hearing loss.

We have hopes for OTC devices, in that, some people might take a first step to address their hearing loss, even if it’s just some hearing enhancement in specific situations. We know that hearing loss is linked to depression, isolation, falls, anxiety and cognitive loss. Better to address hearing loss sooner rather than later.

We are pleased to see that President Biden understands the importance of issuing these rules. It’s also great to see the media shine a light on hearing health because hearing loss is either untreated or undertreated. But, people must have accurate information so they can make choices. We also want these devices to be safe, effective and have consumer protections. Read HLAA’s recommendation to the FDA on OTC hearing aids.

Hearing Aids, Over-the-Counter, Direct to Consumer and Connectivity (video) by Thomas Powers, Ph.D., from the HLAA Virtual 2021 Convention
Hear Well. Stay Vital. Get your hearing checked today!

HLAA is the Nation's Voice for People with Hearing Loss. We strive to be a reliable resource you can count on.

For questions or more information, contact your local or State HLAA organization, or email HLAA at
July 22, 2021,
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
The Colorado Springs Independence Center
the 31st anniversary celebration of
the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
PS: attend in jammies, or anything you want - It's virtual!

To receive an access link to the event, click here

CCDHHDB is pleased to announce a new position, Communications Specialist, housed under Outreach and Consultative Services. For more information and to apply, click here.
Now, click image below and ENJOY! (turn on volume and sing along)
In Memorium
Mark Ross, 94
After Mark's hearing deteriorated due to a combination of war injuries and an inherited condition, he became determined to help people like himself and pursued a career in audiology. Mark received his PhD in Audiology in 1962 and launched a long and stellar career in audiology.

He taught at UCONN for many years, educating and inspiring an entire generation of future audiologists. He advocated for children with hearing impairment and their families, and was on the forefront of how audiology is practiced today. Known as the “father of aural rehabilitation*,” he received the highest honors in the field, authored countless articles over the years and was active in numerous organizations devoted to advocating for people with hearing impairment.

Mark is well known by HLAAers for his articles and workshops for HLAA. years. He received the Hearing Loss Association of America's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. Upon accepting the award, he said that the most gratifying time of his life had been since retirement and all the work he had been able to do in the field, including writing for Hearing Loss Magazine.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mark’s name may be made to the Hearing Loss Association of America (

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