Whether you have a hearing loss, or know someone with a hearing loss, or are simply motivated to help create inclusive communities, there are lots of ways you can support and increase hearing access: support active legislation, ask for hearing loops, and build a movement!
Support our legislative work to improve communication access
First, right now you can support our work in the 2019 legislative session. Most urgently, you can ask your Washington State representatives and senator to support Senate Bill 5210 and House Bill 1078: the Telecoil-Bluetooth Consumer Education Bills. Visit our 2019 Legislative Session page for more details.
Ask for hearing loops wherever you go
You don’t have to consider yourself an advocate to ask for hearing loops! If you need help hearing in a public venue—a doctor’s office, a theater, an airport, a meeting room, or anywhere else—ask for the communications access you need.
Remember, you have the Americans with Disabilities Act on your side. Hearing loops provide ADA-compliant communication access.
You can use HLAA’s guidelines to help you with your request:
Requesting Hearing Accommodation in the Workplace (published by the Job Accommodation Network)
For more information about the national Get in the Hearing Loop Campaign, visit the HLAA site.
Build a loop movement in your neighborhood
A hearing-friendly neighborhood starts with you.
Communities around the world have become looped because of the hearts and energy of people just like you. Many of these quiet, perhaps even reluctant activists began by simply asking a venue—a local theatre, a retirement community, a house of worship—for help to hear. Other people often follow, and a movement is born.
Increase awareness and understanding of hearing loss, and help create change
- As you move through your normal activities, challenge yourself to imagine being unable to hear clearly. Challenge your assumptions.
- Be empathic to people with hearing loss and tell them how new technologies are enabling access (and send them to this website!)
- Talk to your friends and family about hearing loss – watch for signs, allow people to express their fears, offer support, and be proactive
- Ask your audiologist about telecoils and hearing loops
- When you see the hearing loop symbol, write a thank you note to the venue
- Join the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)
- Get involved in your local HLAA chapter.
Learn how we created Let’s Loop Seattle. Download our presentation to discover how we overcame our barriers and how we developed, expanded, and made our vision happen.
Loops happen in areas where people like YOU make it so.