hearing Loss Association of Washington
To open the world of communication to people with hearing loss by providing information, education, support and advocacy.
All aspects of life will be accessible to people with hearing loss.
HLAA-WA is affiliated with the Hearing Loss Association of America (formerly Self Help for Hard of Hearing, Inc.). HLAA is dedicated to the wellbeing of people who do not hear well, whatever their age, whatever their communication style. It is the nation’s largest organization for people with hearing loss.
Legislature Addresses Need for Telecoil & Bluetooth Information
During the 2019 legislative session, HLAA-WA advocated for SB 5210, regarding notifying purchasers of hearing instruments about uses and benefits of telecoil and bluetooth technology. As introduced, the bill would have required any person who engages in fitting or dispensing hearing aids to inform their customers – prior to fitting – of the uses, benefits and limitations of Telecoil-enabled and Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids.
In the process of being considered by the Legislature, the bill was amended. It now requires the Department of Health to establish regulations for what any person who engages in fitting or dispensing hearing aids should inform their customers about.
The bill was passed in final form on April 19, 2019 and will be signed by the Governor soon. Read the final bill here.
City of Seattle Enacts TV Caption Ordinance
On April 15, the City of Seattle enacted an ordinance that, when it takes effect, will require televisions in places of public accommodation have captions turned on. This will benefit those with hearing loss as well as people with other reasons to need visual support for what is being said. Read the ordinance here.
Current E-News From HLAA-WA (Web Edition) April 12, 2019
In this edition:
- City of Seattle Residents – Library Levy Meeting Tomorrow
- City of Seattle Proposing Captions on all Public TVs
- Legislative Update
- John Allen Gives Technology Lesson
- In the News
- Whatcom County Chapter Meeting
- Coming Soon…GiveBIG
- Welcome to My World – Vancouver Session
- Save the Date: HLAA-OR Meeting
- Join or Renew Your Membership
Current Edition of Sound Waves
Buying Hearing Aids in Washington
(What to expect)
*New* August 22, 2018
Our new and updated flyer Buying Hearing Aids in Washington (What to expect) is now published.