Support House File 2141, the Telecoil Bill, approved by the Deaf Services Commission of Iowa. This bill would allow those with hearing loss to hear more clearly, ensuring continued involvement in civic and personal life.
How many people have hearing loss? About 20 percent (Johns Hopkins study, et al). Side effects may include depression, isolation, suicidal ideation, and higher risk of Altzheimer’s.
What is a telecoil? Hearing instruments can’t separate speech from confusing background noise. A telecoil can expand the functionality of your hearing instrument.
How does it work? A telecoil, installed in most hearing instruments, has a wireless antenna linking into a sound system to deliver customized sound to the listener.
What does HF 2141 do? Requires hearing instrument specialist to inform client at point of purchase of usages of telecoil. Client must sign document stating they received written copy of this information; hearing specialist must keep copy for length of warranty on hearing instrument.
Current Status of bill: Referred to House Human Resources Committee on January 30. At this writing, the bill has not been assigned to a subcommittee.
Addressing common concerns: This is a non-partisan bill. Hearing loss affects every demographic: gender, age, income, political party. This bill also needs no funding. The law, once enacted, is sent to the state licensing board governing hearing instrument specialists.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
• Contact your representatives and ask them to support this bill
• Contact your friends and acquaintances
• Contact members of the House Human Resources Committee to show your support:
NAME COUNTY DIST. EMAIL
Joel Fry, Chair, R. Clarke 27 firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Bergan, Vice Chair, R. Winneshiek 55 email@example.com
Beth Wessel-Kroeschell, Ranking Member., D. Story 45 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ako Abdul-Samad, D. Polk 35 email@example.com
Marti Anderson, D. Polk 36 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rob Bacon, R. Story 48 email@example.com
Brian Best, R. Carroll 12 firstname.lastname@example.org
Timi Brown-Powers, D. Black Hawk 61 email@example.com
Cecil Dolecheck, R. Ringgold 24 firstname.lastname@example.org
John Forbes, D. Polk 40 email@example.com
David E. Heaton, R. Henry 84 firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa Heddens, D. Story 46 email@example.com
Steven Holt, R. Crawford 18 firstname.lastname@example.org
Bruce L. Hunter, D. Polk 34 email@example.com
Jon A. Jacobsen, R. Pottawattamie 22 firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin Koester, R. Polk 38 email@example.com
Shannon Lundgren, R. Dubuque 57 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Mascher, D. Johnson 86 email@example.com
Tom Moore, R. Cass 21 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sandy Salmon, R. Black Hawk 63 email@example.com
Rob Taylor, R. Linn 44 firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Fourteen Iowa House Democrats are co-sponsoring HF 2141: Art Staed, Mary Mascher, Jerry Kearns, Scott Ourth, Todd Taylor, Mary Gaskill, Mary Wolfe, Cindy Winckler, Vicki Lensing, Ruth Ann Gaines, Helen Miller, Amy Nielsen, Ras Smith, and Ako Abdul-Samad.
[prepared by Mary Dyer, Deaf Services Commissioner, mdyer@hasloopscom, Feb. 5, 2018]