Friends of the Congressional Hearing Health Caucus (CHHC) is a coalition that supports the CHHC, a US House of Representatives Caucus focused on issues related to hearing health.
On May 16, 2018, a group of organizations in the field collaborated to sponsor an educational briefing on the effect of untreated hearing loss in older adults. Supporting organizations were: AG Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Academy of Doctors of Audiology, American Academy of Audiology, American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, American Cochlear Implant Alliance, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, American Tinnitus Association, Gallaudet University, Hearing Health Foundation, Hearing Industries Association, Hearing Loss Association of America, International Hearing Society, National Court Reporters Association, Songs for Sound, and Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
The Friends of the CHHC briefing luncheon was intended for Congressional staff and other Federal employees. Speakers Barbara Weinstein PhD and David Fabry PhD spoke on the importance of recognizing untreated hearing loss as a health issue. In older people, hearing loss is associated with social isolation, falls, and increased levels of dementia. Dr. Fabry highlighted new technology that help people connect more effectively for hearing and other health care.