President Obama Signs 21st Century Communications & Video Accessibility Act

President Obama Signs 21st Century Communications & Video Accessibility ActOn October 8th 2010, President Obama signed the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 into law.

According to the Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology (COAT), the new law:

  • Provides definitions for “advanced communications” (including interconnected and non-interconnected voice over Internet protocol (VoIP), electronic messaging, and interoperable video conferencing services); “consumer-generated media”; and “disability.”
  • Requires telephones used with the Internet to be hearing aid compatible.

For a complete list of the items this law covers, visit the Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology.

Watch Video of President Obama Signing the 21st Century Communications & Video Accessibility Act below

LACE in Australia and New Zealand

Blamey & Saunders Hearing Neurotone is proud to announce the availability of LACE in Australia and New Zealand!
LACE is now sold in Australia and New Zealand from Blamey & Saunders Hearing. Blamey & Saunders Hearing are owned by well-known scientists in the area of evidence-based hearing technology, and have partnered with leading international suppliers to develop a hearing aid specially designed to be adjusted by you, the user. This way you get to adjust the hearing aid just how you want it to sound.

To learn more about Blamey & Saunders Hearing click here.

One in Five U.S. Adolescents Has Hearing Loss

Listening to loud music from headphones can lead to permanent hearing lossAccording to new research from Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), hearing loss among U.S. adolescents has surged. Quote from Hearing Mojo:

In findings published in this month’s Journal of the American Medical Association, the researchers analyzed data from two major surveys done by the National Institutes of Health, one done in 2005-2006 and the other done from 1988 through 1994. They found the rate of significant hearing loss — such as inability to hear soft sounds such as whispers or high-frequency sounds such as high musical notes or high-pitched voices — had increased among adolescents aged 12-19 from 14.9 percent in the first survey to 19.5 percent in the second, a 30 percent increase.

Read the whole story at Hearing Mojo

Sign Language Over Mobile Phones

blogHere’s an interesting article on the the “MobileASL” project at UW.

The MobileASL project at UW has been working to optimize compressed video signals for sign language. By increasing image quality around the face and hands, researchers have brought the data rate down to 30 kilobytes per second while still delivering intelligible sign language. MobileASL also uses motion detection to identify whether a person is signing or not, in order to extend the phones’ battery life during video use.

Click here to read the full article at GizMag.com

Check out the video below explaining the research and showing the phones in action

On Web Video, Captions Are Coming Slowly

blogHere’s an interesting article on the state of Web Video Captions:

The actress Marlee Matlin shimmied her way onto “Dancing With the Stars” two years ago, memorably using sign language to tell viewers to “read my hips.” But when Ms. Matlin, who is deaf, went to ABC.com to watch a replay of the show, she was impeded because the network’s videos were missing captions.
Closed-captioning is mandatory on television, but not for TV programs on the Internet. And that has turned Web sites like ABC.com into battlegrounds for advocates like Ms. Matlin, who have spoken up on the lack of captions on sites like CNN.com and services like Netflix.

Click here to read the full article at The New York Times

Baby’s reaction to cochlear implant being activated

blogWhat a great video!

8 month old deaf baby’s reaction to cochlear implant being activated:

How to Become a LACE Coach

Evergreen Speech & Hearing LACE CoachesHow to Become a LACE Coach
by Evergreen Speech & Hearing Clinic

Coaches are the essence of a team. They help determine what others are capable of doing, motivate and track progress over time, keep attitudes positive and move seamlessly with their “players” toward a common goal. These fundamentals of coaching are not just used out on the field. Evergreen Speech & Hearing Clinic (ESHC), under the guidance of the clinical Audiology staff, has put together a program utilizing coaching techniques that guide patients to achieve success with better listening.

Meet the coaches!
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A Simple but Effective Method for Maximizing LACE Compliance

Hearing & Balance Lab, P.C. Everett, WashingtonA Simple but Effective Method for Maximizing LACE Compliance
By Nichole Kingham, AuD
Hearing & Balance Lab, P.C. Everett, Washington

Shortly after the AAA conference in Charlotte last April, having attended a presentation by Dr. Robert Sweetow we decided to integrate LACE auditory training into our hearing aid dispensing practice. Our only concern was patient compliance. It was clear that LACE works, in that it significantly improves a patient’s communication abilities. But how to maximize the likelihood that the patient would actually carry out their LACE training at home?

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LACE: A Big Economic Payoff for our Practice

mark johnsonLACE: A Big Economic Payoff for our Practice
By Mark Johnson, BC-HIS, A.C.A., Sound Care Hearing Centers Englewood, Florida

Since opening our new clinic in the 4th quarter of 2008, over 80% of our patients receiving new hearing aids have undergone LACE auditory training. The only patients who don’t get LACE training are patients with cognitive impairments, non-English-speakers and those few who have neither a home computer & Internet connection nor a DVD player. We have found LACE to be a big asset to the business and have gotten nothing but positive results.

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