Hearing advocacy


Problems with hearing loop systems in the UK

Many shops in the UK do not provide looping systems for people with hearing loss. And among those who do, many are out of order.

The British organisation for the hearing impaired, RNID, has investigated more than 1,500 businesses across the UK. They found a shocking lack of loop systems in shops and services.

The RNID survey found that:

  • 86 % of services were inaccessible for hearing aid users 
  • 945 out of the 1,518 premises visited did not have a loop fitted at all.
  • Of those 573 businesses surveyed which did have loops, only 38% of them had loops that were working, switched on and signposted. 


It takes a village – or at least a lot of people – to make sure the growing population of hearing impaired Americans have access to better hearing in all venues.   It is no wonder that a hearing disability is unfashionable when we are either embarrassed to acknowledge our hearing loss or afraid to wear a hearing device that others will notice and confirm that we are not perfect.  When did eyeglasses become fashionable, even without prescription lenses, and hearing devices are not? 


Hearing Aid Tax Credit: Take Action!

New Legislation Introduced in the Senate

Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) have introduced S.905, the Hearing Aid Assistance Tax Credit Act. The legislation provides a tax credit of up to $500 per hearing aid, once every five years for any individual who purchases a hearing aid

Please write your member of Congress and support these legislative initiatives. 

*Source: ASHA


Holland Free Health Clinic, Van Doorne Hearing Care create partnership

Holland, MI — Holland Free Health Clinic and Van Doorne Hearing Care have joined efforts to provide hearing aids to the underserved in the Holland/Zeeland community.

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