Academy Joins FCHHC to Host Congressional Briefing on Hearing Loss in Adults
On May 16, the Academy joined the Friends of the Congressional Hearing Health Caucus (FCHHC) to host a congressional briefing and luncheon entitled, “Untreated Hearing Loss in Older Adults: It Isn’t Not Hearing.” The FCHHC is a coalition comprised of a number of organizations that are focused on raising awareness on the importance of hearing health care on Capitol Hill. Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA), one of the Congressional Hearing Health Caucus co-chairs delivered opening remarks that touched on their own experiences with hearing loss and the importance of ensuring that treatment options are available. Audiologists Barbara Weinstein, PhD and David Fabry, PhD presented to the audience of congressional staff members on recent research addressing how hearing loss impacts the health of older adults, as well as new hearing technologies that help people stay connected and productive.
Every year, the FCHHC hosts multiple events for members of Congress and their staff. This August, the coalition is planning a tour for congressional staff members of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communications Disorders (NIDCD) labs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center. This event provides policymakers and their staff a firsthand look at the benefits of the federally-funded research projects that are ongoing at NIDCD. The Academy continues to work with the FCHHC on planning future educational events for members of Congress, their staff, and other key policymakers and stakeholders to ensure that the importance of hearing health care is recognized as legislative changes to the health care system are debated.