Hearing Loss: Stand Up And Be Counted

It is exciting to see hearing loss getting more attention. I recently wrote about the groundbreaking report from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) which declared hearing loss “a significant public health concern” and made a series of recommendations for “institutional, technological and regulatory change to enable consumers to find and fully use the appropriate, affordable, and high-quality services, technologies, and support they need.” You can read that post here.

Several members of the NAS report team were at the most recent HLAA Convention, and each encouraged the sponsors of the report to work together to spur action. “Without implementation of the recommendations,” one of the NAS team commented, “the report is not worth much more than the paper it is written upon.” I left the Convention feeling a growing sense of urgency from the attendees as well as the leaders in the industry that now is the time to make change happen.

I am happy to see Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) taking a first step to raise awareness of these issues with a petition at change.org entitled People with Hearing Loss: Join HLAA in the Fight for Affordable Hearing Health Care.” 

Now it is up to those of us with hearing loss to stand up and be counted. I encourage you to sign the petition to show support for more affordable hearing health care. You can also leave a comment on the site to explain why this issue is important to you. Please share the link with others who might want to sign too.

There is strength in numbers. Let’s show ours. Sign the petition here.

Thank you for taking the time to stand up and be counted.

8 thoughts on “Hearing Loss: Stand Up And Be Counted

  1. I have signed the petition. We are long overdue for legislation that makes hearing healthcare vital and affordable. Keep advocating!

    1. Shari Eberts – NYC – Shari Eberts is a passionate hearing health advocate and internationally recognized author and speaker on hearing loss issues. She is the founder of LivingWithHearingLoss.com, a popular blog and online community for people living with hearing loss and tinnitus, and an executive producer of We Hear You, an award-winning documentary about the hearing loss experience. Shari also serves on the board of directors of Hearing Loss Association of America. Shari has an adult-onset genetic hearing loss and hopes that by sharing her story she will help others to live more peacefully with their own hearing issues.
      Living With Hearing Loss says:

      Excellent! Thank you! We are long overdue.

  2. Clicked on Sign Petition…nothing happened….thank you for what you are doing in educating the hearing world and our general community and for your advocacy for those with hearing loss.

    1. Shari Eberts – NYC – Shari Eberts is a passionate hearing health advocate and internationally recognized author and speaker on hearing loss issues. She is the founder of LivingWithHearingLoss.com, a popular blog and online community for people living with hearing loss and tinnitus, and an executive producer of We Hear You, an award-winning documentary about the hearing loss experience. Shari also serves on the board of directors of Hearing Loss Association of America. Shari has an adult-onset genetic hearing loss and hopes that by sharing her story she will help others to live more peacefully with their own hearing issues.
      Living With Hearing Loss says:

      Thank you for reading!

    2. Shari Eberts – NYC – Shari Eberts is a passionate hearing health advocate and internationally recognized author and speaker on hearing loss issues. She is the founder of LivingWithHearingLoss.com, a popular blog and online community for people living with hearing loss and tinnitus, and an executive producer of We Hear You, an award-winning documentary about the hearing loss experience. Shari also serves on the board of directors of Hearing Loss Association of America. Shari has an adult-onset genetic hearing loss and hopes that by sharing her story she will help others to live more peacefully with their own hearing issues.
      Living With Hearing Loss says:
    1. Shari Eberts – NYC – Shari Eberts is a passionate hearing health advocate and internationally recognized author and speaker on hearing loss issues. She is the founder of LivingWithHearingLoss.com, a popular blog and online community for people living with hearing loss and tinnitus, and an executive producer of We Hear You, an award-winning documentary about the hearing loss experience. Shari also serves on the board of directors of Hearing Loss Association of America. Shari has an adult-onset genetic hearing loss and hopes that by sharing her story she will help others to live more peacefully with their own hearing issues.
      Living With Hearing Loss says:

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  3. onewomanschoice – Author of One Woman's Choice I'm a single mom and a birth mom to two sons who are multiracial. I'm analytical, creative, spiritual, and New Age all rolled up into one. I have a passion for researching and volunteering.
    onewomanschoice says:

    Reblogged this on One Woman's Choice.

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