Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Needs Assessment of Social Security Administration Beneficiaries with Disabilities

University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
Are you a person with a disability (including cognitive, hearing, vision, or physical) who receives benefits from the Social Security Administration?  Benefits can mean SSI, SSDI, or retirement.
If so, we’d like to talk with you!!
Researchers at the UCSF Disability Statistics Center want to know more about your experience applying for Social Security benefits and your interactions with the Social Security Administration.  We are conducting a needs assessment for the Social Security Administration so that they can communicate better with their beneficiaries who have disabilities.  Phone interviews will be approximately a 30-45 minutes long.  
For more information, or to participate, please call this toll-free number:  1-855-209-9538
Please speak clearly and slowly to leave your name and number.  A UCSF researcher (Mel) will get back in touch with you to tell you more about this study.
Or you can email:
[email protected]
Alice Wong, Staff Research Associate II
UCSF Disability Statistics Center
V 1.0, 2/18/11

Social Security Recipients Likely to Get Raise in 2012

After two years of no cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) increase, the Social Security Administration is expected to announce tomorrow that Social Security recipients will get a raise in benefits in 2012.

The boost, which is tied to the government’s official inflation measure and is expected to be between 3.5% and 3.7%, comes as welcome news to seniors who saw their last increase back in 2009, after receiving automatic COLA increases every year since 1975.

More at http://www.inquisitr.com/151748/social-security-increase-2012-cost-of-living-adjustment/

Monday, October 17, 2011

Cases of hearing loss growing among both young and old

Some 36 million people in the United States, about 1 in 10, have some degree of hearing loss, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. About 40 percent of people older than 65 years suffer from hearing loss, and some studies show hearing loss is becoming more prevalent among the young.

One in 5 teens has slight to mild hearing loss. The prevalence of hearing loss among ages 12 to 19 increased 30 percent -- from 14.9 percent in 1988 to 19.5 percent in 2005-06, according to a study published last year in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

More at http://www.wausaudailyherald.com/article/20111017/WDH04/110170325/Cases-hearing-loss-growing-among-both-young-old

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

HITEC Group Awarded U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Assistive Listening Device Contract

HITEC Group, the developer, distributor and manufacturer of assistive listening devices, announces it has been awarded the assistive listening device contract from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). A longtime supplier of amplified devices to the VA, the HITEC Group products selected under the contract are the ClearSounds® A1600 Amplified Cordless Phone System, a combination base speakerphone and cordless handset with audio amplification, and ClearSounds Quattro™ Connect360 Bluetooth Neckloop System, a personal, portable assistive listening device to amplify the audio of multiple gadgets, including smartphones, televisions, portable media players and tablet computers, such as the Apple® iPod® and Apple® iPad®.

More at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011/10/prweb8848925.htm