Two significant bills relating to hearing technology and supports are now law in the US, thanks to personal accounts from people directly affected.
The first bill, influenced by an 11-year-old girl, ensures that deaf and hard-of-hearing students in schools across Connecticut state have an individual education plan, support and hearing assistance devices for their educations.
Separately, a mother of twins in Massachusetts state, successfully got a bill passed, requiring health insurance firms to provide up to $2,000 to cover new hearing aids for children 21 years old and younger, every 36 months.
The twins’ mother highlighted that children with hearing issues have a small window to develop spoken language, and access to hearing-aids would save the state money, over time. Two of her sons (one twin, and an older brother) testified with other children at the bill’s hearing in May 2011.
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