LEGISLATION RELATED TO TELECOILS & BLUETOOTH IN HEARING AIDS PASSED
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.
HLAA-WA thanks bill sponsor Sen. Guy Palumbo and companion bill sponsor Rep. Laurie Dolan as well as all of the legislators who voted for the bill on final passage.
For background about the need for this legislation, and a good information piece to share with your legislators, see this flier: Support Telecoil-Bluetooth Legislation
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GET PEOPLE TO USE A MICROPHONE IN MEETINGS
People with hearing loss often can’t hear in meetings because there is no amplification. For those who say, “we don’t need a microphone; my voice is loud enough”, here is the rebuttal. Take a look at this video and pass it along to everyone who needs to see it.