Participate in the Healthy People 2020 Process: Now Open for Public Comment!

Public comments are a cornerstone of Healthy People 2020. There will be
opportunities for public input periodically throughout the decade to
ensure that Healthy People 2020 reflects current public health

You are now able to (a) comment on proposed new objectives to be added
to the Educational and Community-Based Programs and Social Determinants
of Health Topic Areas, and (b) propose new objectives to be included in 1
of the 42 existing Healthy People 2020 Topic

To participate in the public comment period, visit the
online public comment database
. Comments began to be accepted on October 15, 2012 and will continue to be accepted through 5:00pm ET on November 2, 2012.


Live Videocast on Telemedicine, an update from ATA

ATA’s public policy team will provide
a one hour review of the latest news and opportunities in the field of
telemedicine, with a special emphasis on state policy developments and
the impact of the 2012 elections.

This videocast is free and open to both ATA members and non-members. Pre-registration is NOT required.

When: Tuesday, October 30;  2:00pm-3:00pm ET

  • Jonathan Linkous, Chief Executive Officer, American Telemedicine Association
  • Gary Capistrant, Senior Director of Public Policy, American Telemedicine Association


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Troubleshooting Common Hearing Aid Problems

There’s nothing more frustrating than technology that doesn’t work
correctly – especially when it’s something you depend upon, like your
hearing aids. But before you take those hearing aids into the repair
center, take a moment to read this article. You may be able to solve the
problem all by yourself.


We have posted a new paper regarding the effectiveness of tele intervention: Satisfaction with telemedicine for teaching listening and spoken language to children with hearing loss

We’ve posted a new paper regarding the effectiveness of Tele-intervention. This study took place in Australia and the results demonstrate the potential of telemedicine service delivery for teaching listening and spoken language to children with hearing loss in rural and remote areas.


The Chronicle: Breaking the Silence on Hearing Loss for Educators

The stigma associated with hearing loss is one reason for
educators being reluctant to seek out assistance, a study has found. Another common
reason is that faculty members worry about costing their departments money if
they request assistance in combating their hearing challenges. 

Jane Brody, the Personal Health columnist for The New York Times, wrote earlier this
year, “Hearing loss, a disability currently untreated in about 85 percent of those
affected, may be the nation’s most damaging and costly sensory handicap.” Isn’t
it time for educators to move out of their silent worlds and get the assistance they need?


Re sounding Success for Hearing Research

Researchers at the National Acoustic Laboratories (NAL) have found a treatment for a hearing problem affecting about 18,000 children that can be installed on a home computer.

The condition, Spatial Processing Disorder (SPD), makes it diffi

cult for children to understand what people say when there is background noise – for example in the classroom.The cause is unknown, but it is common in children who had middle ear infections when they were younger, and its impact on learning can be profound.


Studies Show Links Between ADHD and Undiagnosed Hearing Loss

The Better Hearing Institute is drawing attention to the importance of hearing checks as an integral part of the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) diagnosis process. BHI also is encouraging appropriate treatment by a hearing h

ealthcare professional when hearing loss and/or other auditory-related communication disorders co-exist with ADHD. 

About 1.1 million young people under the age of 18 in the United States have hearing loss, and only 16 percent of them use hearing aids. Studies show that children with even mild hearing loss, when left unaddressed, are at risk for learning and other social, emotional, behavioral, and self-image problems.


What are the Differences Between Hearing Aids and Cochlear Implants?

Hearing aids are the instrument of choice for the majority of the 26 million Americans with hearing loss, but for those who are deaf or severely hard of hearing, cochlear implants may be a better option. Both hearing aids and cochlear impla

nts work best for individuals diagnosed with sensorineural hearing loss, meaning they have damage to the hair cells in the inner ear and/or the nerve pathways from the inner ear to the brain. Sensorineural hearing loss is the most common type of hearing loss in the United States. Learn more about the difference between hearing aids and cochlear implants options by following this link.


Gallaudet University Accepting Applications for Infants, Toddlers, and their Families Graduate Certificate Program

Gallaudet University in Washington D.C. is accepting applications for the 3rd cohort of students for The Infants, Toddlers and their Families Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate Program. The new cohort will begin in May 2013 with 3 days 

of on campus learning followed by online instruction. The program is offered for either Graduate or Professional Studies Training credits. All applications should be submitted by February 1, 2013.

To learn more, please visit Gallaudet’s Facebook page, or contact them at for more information.