Posted by: hlacentralma | November 12, 2017

Massachusetts Legislation – HEALTH Act Amendment

Subject: HEALTH Act amendment
The Senate has filed a bill on health care financing reform – S.2202, the HEALTH Act.  The bill and amendments filed as of yesterday will be up for debate tomorrow and Thursday.  Senator Hinds filed two amendments to improve the affordability of hearing aids, both of which were modeled after Rep. Scibak’s filed legislation.

Amendment #28 – Health Care Coverage for Hearing Aids: Mandates all insurance companies to provide health care coverage for adults, at a similar level as the GIC.  The GIC currently provides full coverage for the first $500 and 80% coverage of the next $1,500 in the cost of one aid per hearing-impaired ear every 24 months. Senator Hinds’ amendment proposes the same amount of coverage, but at every 36 months, at the recommendation of the Committee on Financial Services, to align with preexisting law regarding coverage for children.

Amendment #29 – Tax Credit for Hearing Aids: establishes a $500 tax credit for tax filers who are of age 55 or older.

Please feel free to contact the following if there are any  questions or concerns.
Danielle Allard, Esq.
Director of Budget and Policy
Office of Senator Adam Hinds
State House – Room 309, Boston, MA 02133


Posted by: hlacentralma | October 13, 2017

How to Recycle Your Old Hearing Aids

Do you have old hearing aids stuck in a drawer that you keep just because you’re at a loss of what to do with them?  My son Harry wore hearing aids until he was 14 months old. Then he was implanted with his cochlear implants. I knew that he would never need his hearing aids again, […]

The post How to recycle your hearing aids in the UK and USA appeared first on Hearing Like Me.

Posted by: hlacentralma | October 9, 2017

Save the Date: October 29 is the New England Walk4Hearing!

walk4hearing3 weeks and counting !  To fund the work of your local HLAA chapter, local non-profit programs for people with hearing loss,  and HLAA’s national office, register today at!

Posted by: hlacentralma | October 9, 2017

Get in the Hearing Loop Task Force:

Members of HLAA’s Get in the Hearing Loop Task Force are attending the International Accessibility Conference on Hearing Loops and Hearing Technology in Berlin, Germany this week.  The conference allows for vendors, service providers and specialists from around the world to collaborate and increase their knowledge regarding hearing loop technology. Additionally, it provides opportunities for hard of hearing people to learn about the benefits offered from hearing loops and related technology.  The many conference seminars include presentations.

Posted by: hlacentralma | October 9, 2017

Deaf ‘America’s Got Talent’ Finalist Mandy Harvey

News from HLAA in Bethesda

Mandy Harvey is an award winning singer, songwriter and motivational speaker who has a hearing loss. Her appearance on the t.v. program America’s Got Talent recently got her the “golden buzzer” from host Simon Cowell to pass to the next round, and the emotional video of her performance went viral, touching people all over the world.  (You can read more about Mandy in the transcript of a September broadcast of All Things Considered on National Public Radio.)

HLAA is excited to announce that Mandy will perform at  the HLAA Convention in Minneapolis in June, 2018!

“Hope ‘keeps life moving’ because it pulls us out of any dark situation. Continue to hope and make your dreams a reality.”

Mandy Harvey


Posted by: hlacentralma | September 28, 2017

MFA and Shubert Theater Events

FREE Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) tour on October 15th. 
Please be sure to follow the RSVP instructions to ensure a spot, and in addition please specify if you need a loop (vs. earbuds) for the FM system used by the tour guide.
Happy Fall! (think cool even if temperatures are in the 80s)

The Sunday, October 15  tour will focus on the Contemporary Collection.

1.  To register, email Ronit Michom at or call 617-369-3189.
2.  In the subject line, put the name of the tour  (Contemporary Collection),  the date (October 15),  and the time of the tour  (10:30).

3.  Indicate whether you want a neckloop or a head set.
4.  Please arrive 15 minutes early to get your neckloop and headset and to make sure that they are working.
5.  Remember that there is a limit of one guest with you.  You must register your guest whether or not an ALD is needed.
6.  Tours will leave from the Linde Family Wing Entrance, which is on Museum Road.
7.  Email  if you register and are then unable to attend.

8.  Registration closes on October 6 unless the tour fills up before that time.If you have registered and are unable to attend, please let our tour leader Karen Moss ( and Ronit Minchom ( know via email even if it is the day of the tour.


The Color Purple          Shubert Theatre

ASL Interpreted / Open Captioned Performance

Tuesday, November 28 at 7:30 pm

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