The CCA is a nonprofit volunteer group of individuals who have found that consumers are not always aware of the various devices, technologies, organizations and agencies available to them that can help provide the communication access they need to lead a full, active and productive life.
Among the technologies that are not well known to many with hearing loss is Audio Frequency Induction Loop Systems ( AFILS) now more popularly called hearing loops. Hearing loops, coupled with the telecoils in hearing aids, can dramatically increase the users ability to hear without the need to remove their hearing aids and put on earphones or ear buds.
Below are links to documents that fully explain this technology;
American Academy of Audiology fact sheet on hearing loops
Hearing Loss Association of America fact sheet on telecoils
American Speech Language Hearing article on telecoils Hearing Review article on consumer perceptions with telecoils Loop New Mexico brochure on loops and telecoils Directory of known looped facilities in New Mexico
About us and about the technology
The 2016 Legislative Initiative
Beginning in January, 2016, CCAnm campaigned for revisions to certain New Mexico rules and regulations applicable to the needs of consumers to have good access to the assistive listening systems in many public venues. House Bill 70, passed by the New Mexico legislature on February 18, 2016, mandated that, before the sale and dispensing of hearing instruments to any client, a New Mexico hearing care provider must counsel that client in the technology available in most hearing instruments that will provide a direct connection between their device and the assistive listening system of any public assembly facility that is in compliance with the 2010 revised terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The ADA specifically mandates that all new or significantly upgraded assistive listening systems be hearing aid compatible and, currently, the telecoils in most hearing aids and other hearing instruments dispensed by audiologists and hearing aid dispensers is the only technology that meets that ADA requirement. The way the bills were worded, if and when other technologies (for example Bluetooth) develop the necessary capability, they would already be covered by the proposed New Mexico regulations..
BILL VETOED BY GOVERNOR
On March 9, 2016, Governor Susana Martinez vetoed the bill expressing concern over the mandating of specific standards of care, specific technologies that must be presented to clients, and specific conduct for hearing care providers.
Because so many hearing care users report never having been told about telecoil technology, laws mandating the very things the Governor objected to in New Mexico already exist Arizona, Florida, New York, Rhode Island and Utah with most placing more requirements on providers than did the proposed New Mexico laws. To read the full comments on the bill by the Governor in her veto, click on this link:
The Committee is now working with the Governor's Commission on Disability to set up a meeting of stakeholders where ideas will be sought and shared for non-legislative ways to raise awareness of loop/telecoil technology and its availability in New Mexico.
To download a complete campaign kit for the 2016 legislative initiative with fact sheets, magazine articles, letters of support and other material, click on this link: