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Hearing Access & Innovations Founder and CEO Janice S. Lintz’s insights on the issues facing people who are deaf or hard of hearing have been published in a broad array of major print and online media outlets. Her straightforward approach is thought-provoking, informative, practical, and solution-oriented.

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2017

2016

Forbes.com/Lifestyle: New York City Hears People With Hearing Loss - New York City is the most accessible City in the country for people with hearing loss. Hearing access is available at many of the City’s Broadway theaters, museums, and stadiums. Even the subway information booths/call […]
Huff Post: It Is Time To Stop Shaming People With Hearing Loss - It is time to stop humiliating people with hearing loss. Radar Online’s recent headline said, “Photo Shocker: Caitlyn Jenner Caught Wearing Hearing Aid.” The photo showed a close up of Caitlyn’s ear with a hearing […]
Huff Post: 11 Questions People Who Are Hard Of Hearing Should Ask Prior To Staying In A Hospital - 1. Can your hearing aids/cochlear implant processors stay in/on during surgery or until you fall asleep? If not, can they be placed in your ears/reattached immediately after surgery or as you leave the operating room? […]
Huff Post: FAQs for Hearing Aids - 1. Do I really need to see a physician before I am fitted with a hearing aid? Hearing loss can sometimes be the result of a simple medical issue, such as ear wax. It can […]
LinkedIn: Consulting People with Disabilities - Two important issues that need to be considered when consulting people with disabilities are compensating them for their input and ensuring that those who are consulted have the necessary expertise. It is time to start […]
7 Misconceptions About People With Hearing Loss - There are many more misconceptions. These are just a starting point for a conversation. 1. Everyone with a hearing loss uses sign language. Hearing loss is a spectrum, and people with hearing loss don’t all […]
It Is Time To Eliminate Offensive Terms about People With Disabilities - In December, Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, sent a letter to the York City Department of Education stating, “the City is still not fully compliant, and children with […]
7 Misconceptions about People with Hearing Loss - Janice Lintz, CEO of Hearing Access & Innovations, is passionate about advocating for those with hearing loss. Many misconceptions exist about hearing loss- here are her Top 7: (adapted from 17 Misconceptions About People with […]

2015

The Hearing Loss Californian: Who Are the Role Models Since Helen Keller? - South Africa’s Freedom Charter was adopted in 1955. The Americans with Disabilities Act was enacted in 1990. The United Kingdom followed five years later with the Disability Discrimination Act. Yet where are all the great […]
Huff Post Accessibility: Hearing Loss, the Forgotten Disability - The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted 25 years ago, yet we are still discussing the same issues for people with hearing loss. The terms “disability” and “access” have morphed into just meaning physical […]
Huff Post Impact: How an Ordinary Person Can Change the World, Well at Least Start the Process… - Imagine waking up one day and learning that your daughter has a hearing loss. Imagine finding out the access your daughter needs doesn’t exist in this country but does elsewhere. Then imagine that you could […]
Huff Post Politics: Thank You, Donald Trump From People Who Are Deaf Or Hard Of Hearing! - Dear Donald Trump: People who are deaf and hard of hearing need to thank you. Years ago, I contacted you about the horrific captions on the The Apprentice. My daughter, who is hard of hearing, […]
Huff Post Community Pioneer and Impact: Who Are The Role Models Since Helen Keller? - Republished from Forbes Woman Africa: South Africa’s Freedom Charter was adopted in 1955. The Americans with Disabilities Act was enacted in 1990. The United Kingdom followed five years later with the Disability Discrimination Act. Yet […]
Forbes Woman Africa: Who Are The Role Models Since Helen Keller? - South Africa’s Freedom Charter was adopted in 1955. The Americans with Disabilities Act was enacted in 1990. The United Kingdom followed five years later with the Disability Discrimination Act. Yet where are all the great […]
Johnny Jet: 12 tips for traveling with a hearing loss - Having a hearing loss shouldn’t stop you—or anyone—from traveling. The following tips will ensure a smoother trip: 1. Sign up for travel alerts via email or text to avoid missing a flight. Gate/flight attendants, right […]

2014

Consumer Mojo: Medicare Should Cover Hearing Aids - Hearing loss is one of the most misunderstood disabilities, and because it is invisible, it is frequently overlooked, neglected and forgotten. Many assume it doesn’t require any special attention or services even though it interferes […]
NY Daily News: Letters to the Editor: Not on the list - Manhattan: Not one woman on the Daily News’ “New York’s 50 most powerful women” list has a disability or works on issues affecting people with disabilities. What a shame. It would be nice to see […]

2013

EFHOH Newsletter: How can Hotels and Resorts Provide Effective Access for People Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing? - According to Johns Hopkins researchers, approximately 48 million Americans report some degree of hearing loss. Since communication needs differ, these forms of commu- nication access should be available: 1- Assistive listening system/devices 2- CART (realtime […]
Courier-Journal: Letters to the Editor: Hearing for all - The Louisville Slugger Museum’s slogan is “hear the crack of the bat” which apparently, is only for some visitors. People who are hard of hearing must read captions. The museum will not provide an induction […]
Multichannel News: Help Needed on Closed Captioning - Imagine watching NCIS without faces because the closed captions obscured them. You could only identify the characters by their hair. Under the Federal Communications Commission’s closed-captioning order, there are no standards on how captions are […]
NJ Department of Human Services: Monthly Communicator: What is a T-Coil and How Do You Use It? - What is a T-coil? A T-coil (also known as the telecoil, telephone or audio coil) is a of copper wire that allows people to receive sound directly from a microphone when they switch their hearing aid […]

2012

Hearing Health & Technology Matters!: Eleven Misconceptions Teachers Should Know about Children with Hearing Loss - (1) People with hearing loss are older adults. According to NIDCD and the Better Hearing Institute, of the 36 million people in the United States with some degree of hearing loss, only 30% are 65 […]
The New York Times: Letters to the Editor: The Unbearable Noise of the City - Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Zagat provided ratings for noise? This is not an “old people’s issue,” as it is often perceived, but about providing excellent customer service. JANICE SCHACTER LINTZ Chairwoman, Hearing Access Program […]

2011

New York Post: Letters to the Editor: Hear here, Mike - Mayor Bloomberg claims that the issue with wheelchair-accessible taxis is that passengers are farther away and they cannot establish a dialogue. Why isn’t this an issue in London? It can be overcome by using a […]
NJ Department of Human Services: Monthly Communicator: How to use an Assistive Listening System at the Theater if you are Hard of Hearing? - The theater is a rich and enjoyable ex- perience, yet it can be a frustrating and stress-producing nightmare if you can- not understand what is happening. Who wants to attend an entertaining event if you […]

2010

The Benefits of Closed Captioning Commercials - Written by the Association of National Advertisers collaborating with Janice Schacter Lintz The ANA Production Management Committee recommends that all television commercials be closed captioned. Commercials that are closed captioned maximize the impact of an […]
Hearing Health: 17 Misconceptions About People with Hearing Loss - Misconceptions about people who are deaf or hard of hearing are commonplace-some are antiquated stereotypes, others just incorrect assumptions. It’s easy enough to get the wrong idea, as hearing loss can be an invisible disability-unlike […]

2009

The New York Times: Letters to the Editor: The Unbearable Noise of the City - Accessibility applies to people with hearing loss as well. Restaurants such as Buddakan are acoustical nightmares even for people with full hearing. Architects and designers need to consider acoustical issues such as sound absorption when […]
NJ Department of Human Services; Monthly Communicator: How to Manage Communication with a Hearing Loss During Your Hospital Stay - Being a patient with a hearing loss does not have to be frightening but preparation is needed. It is important to con- tact the hospital as far in advance as possible to discuss and request […]
NJ Department of Human Services: Monthly Communicator: How To Buy A Cell Phone When You Have A Hearing Loss - Purchasing a cell when you have a hearing loss can be a daunting task. How do consumers know which cell phones work for their hearing needs? Why do some cell phones work for some people […]

2008

The New York Times: Letters to the Editor: Gross Offense on Disability - Re “Paterson’s Office Is Not Amused by ‘Saturday Night Live’ Skit” (news article, Dec. 15): No one would ever think it was appropriate to make fun of a person because of his or her race, […]
Time Out New York: Reply all: Capital Offense - The headline “Deaf activities” [by LLanor Alleyne; I, New York; TONY 683] is insulting to people who are deaf…. TONY-11:13-19:08
Time Out New York: Reply all: Picture this - TONY should be part of the change of it is going to advocate it [We Change NewYork, TONY 668]. TONY-8:14-20:08
NJ Department of Human Services, Monthly Communicator: 11 Advocacy Tips for Parents - It seemed as if appropriate access at cultural institutions was unpredictable wherever our family went. Our daughter who wears binaural hearing aids never knew if the access she needed would be available. When we started […]

2007

The New York Times: Letters to the Editor: Disabled and Hungry. - To the Editor: Re “Battling Faux Disabilities and Fake Permits” (news article, Oct. 18): If California can regulate faux disabilities for parking permits, why can’t New York regulate people taking advantage of preferential seating for […]
TDI Bluebook: 11 Advocacy Tips for Parents - It seemed as if appropriate access at cultural institutions was unpredictable wherever our family went. Our daughter who wears binaural hearing aids never knew if the access she needed would be available. When we started […]

2006

The New York Times: Letters to the Editor: Phones and Hearing Aids - Re ”The Quagmire of Making International Cellphone Calls,” by Joe Sharkey (On the Road column, Business Day, Oct. 17): If Mr. Sharkey thought he had difficulty deciphering the international cellphone networks, he should try buying […]
Driven to Help the Hard of Hearing - Janice Schacter knows she can be a pain in the neck, and she doesn’t care. “People may perceive of me as a pushy mom, and I am,” she said. “But you do what you have […]

2005

Around The Temple - Temple member Janice Schacter has a special understanding of the frustration faced by thousands of New Yorkers suffering from deafness and hearing loss. When Mrs. Schacter’s 10-year-old daughter, Arielle, was diagnosed with moderate-to-severe hearing loss […]

2002

Parents magazine: DISNEY FUN THE FAIR WAY - In your article “Doing Disney Your Way” (June-July 2001), on of your strategies to beat the crowd is, “If you have a grandparent along who can’t walk well, rent a wheelchair (available at all parks). […]