Hearing Loss Association of America Washington State
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.
We’re dedicated to helping people with hearing loss live their best lives. We provide support and hearing technology education. And we remove barriers, encourage communication access, and advocate for a world that allows everyone to participate equally, regardless of their ability to hear.
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News & Events
Hearing Aid Coverage in Washington State
Will Washington State insurers soon be required to cover hearing aids under the ACA guidelines?
Maybe. A recent 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision (Schmitt v. Kaiser) could result in hearing aids be mandated as “essential health benefits.” The case has been sent back to trial court to decide if excluding hearing aid coverage predominately impacts people with disabilities, according to attorney and hearing loss advocate John Waldo, writing with Trevor Finneman in the HLAA-California September 2020 newsletter.
Read Waldo and Finneman’s update, which includes analysis of how a 1985 Supreme Court decision may play a role in the next ruling.
Coronavirus and Hearing Loss
20% of the population has hearing loss, many of them older adults who may be susceptible to COVID-19 and may also be less adaptable to the changes that are coming quickly. Here are some tools to help. See our page on Coronavirus and Hearing Loss.
Current E-News from HLAA-WA
In the September 11, 2020 version of our bi-weekly e-news…
- A coronavirus webinar with HLAA Executive Director Barbara Kelley
- The Experience HLAA videos are now online
- A Veterans Across America Virtual Chapter meeting
- Advocacy works. Thank you!
- HLAA-Whatcom County chapter meeting
- Hearing aid insurance coverage legal update
- A disability candidate forum
- Coronavirus and hearing loss: today’s school environment, clear mask problems, better masks for hearing aids and glasses
- Alexa, show me the captions
- A special live-captioned film festival event
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Celebrating 30 Years of the ADA:
Washington State Government Candidates Forum
Talk directly to Washington State political candidates about what’s needed for people with hearing loss. Submit a question when you register, and you might be selected to ask your question live.
Online Washington State Government Candidates Forum
September 23, 2020, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Zoom, with captions and ASL
Newest Edition of Sound Waves
Sound Waves is our award-winning quarterly printed newsletter, currently on hiatus. The most recent issue is below. Please click here for Sound Wave archives.
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.
Buying Hearing Aids in Washington
(What to expect)
Our new and updated flyer Buying Hearing Aids in Washington (What to expect) is now published.