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ALDAcon 2021

Niagara Falls, NY / Sheraton Niagara Falls

October 6th - 10th, 2021

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ALDA provides support, advocacy, and outreach for Late-Deafened, Deaf, and Hard of Hearing, as well as their families. Our community is here to share unique experiences, challenges, and coping strategies. We are all in this together.
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Special Announcement regarding vaccinations at ALDAcon 2021

Because we care about our ALDA family and in light of the current pandemic footing, the Board has implemented important protocols for all ALDAcon 2021 attendees, presenters, exhibitors, sponsors, captioners, interpreters and other ALDAcon-related on-site support. As such, electronic or printed proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 will be REQUIRED…

Who are the appropriate users of OTC aids and how do you know?

Part one of this series was a discussion of the “unintended users” of over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids and how they should be anticipated and accounted for. But who are the appropriate users, and why might they benefit from OTC aids? Cost is generally thought to be the factor that prevents people with hearing loss from using hearing aids. However, hearing aid use is…

OTC Hearing Aids: Who Needs Them? (Hint: Maybe You!)

You may have heard that President Biden recently signed an Executive Order regarding “Over the Counter (OTC) hearing aids”. Why was this necessary? Don’t we already have OTC hearing aids? This is the first of two articles that will discuss this confusing issue. Unregulated amplifiers have been sold for many years. True hearing aids are classified as medical devices, regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and provided/adjusted by licensed professionals. Unregulated amplifiers must be labeled “Personal Sound Amplification Products (PSAPs)”, and the quality varies greatly. Some are essentially like turning…

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