Federal Agencies that Deal with Hearing Loss
The Federal government has established various agencies that serve
the hearing loss population and enforce
the laws dealing with different situations related to hearing loss.
The Access Board is an independent Federal
agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities.
The Office of Special Education and
Rehabilitative Services (OCERS) supports programs that assist in
educating children with special needs, provides for the rehabilitation
of youth and adults with disabilities, and supports research to improve
the lives of individuals with disabilities.
The Disability Rights Section of
the Department of Justice deals with public accommodation or state and
local government ADA violations
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) deals with communications issues
involving people with disabilities.
The Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC)
works to promote equal opportunity in
employment for all persons.
National Information Center on Deafness (NICD)
serves as a centralized source of current information on all aspects of
hearing loss and services for deaf and hard of hearing people.
February 2012 - Record Crowd Attends Congressional
Briefing on Hearing Loss
February 2010 - NIDCD-Funded Scientists Present
Hearing Loss Association of America along with
nine other organizations representing people with hearing loss, parents of
children with hearing loss, hearing health professionals and hearing aid
manufacturers sponsored a briefing in honor of the Congressional Hearing
Health Caucus (CHHC) on February 8, 2012. The CHHC has been reinvigorated
this year by Representatives Tom Latham, R-IA, and Carolyn McCarthy, D-NY.
The briefing attracted a record 125 Congressional staffers and members of
hearing health organizations to examine "how the Military and Veterans
Administration are handling the surge in hearing loss and tinnitus cases
related to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan."