At federal hearing, community outrage over plan to abandon Exide battery plant

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 06: Portions of the Exide Technologies, lead-acid battery recycling plant located in Vernon are wrapped in white plastic even as a press conference with state and local elected leaders was held at Resurrection Church in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles to express their opposition to Exide's proposed bankruptcy settlement, specifically in regard to the option for Exide to fully abandon the facility in Vernon and its responsibility to clean the environmental damage it caused. Resurrection Church on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020 in Los Angeles, CA. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times
The closed Exide Technologies lead-acid battery recycling plant in Vernon is partially enclosed in plastic to prevent the release of lead and other contaminants. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Federal authorities faced an outpouring of community opposition at a public hearing Tuesday over an Exide Technologies bankruptcy plan to abandon a shuttered Vernon battery recycling plant blamed for spreading lead contamination across southeast L.A. County.

The near-universal indignation came from dozens of members of the predominantly Latino communities surrounding the closed Exide Technologies facility. One person after another during the hours-long hearing blasted the proposal and urged authorities to reject it and pursue actions to hold the company accountable for its pollution.

The U.S. Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency have agreed not to oppose the company’s plan, which is scheduled to be considered for approval at a bankruptcy court hearing Thursday.

“Accepting this terrible proposal would be

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Face masks and hearing loss, tips for supporting the hearing impaired



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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) -The COVID-19 pandemic has had a variety of impacts on the community, and has affected many in different ways. Dr. Mariana McIlwain, audiologist with the Fairbanks Hearing and Balance talks about how the hearing impaired community has been affected by the pandemic.

“The year 2020 has been a very difficult year for all of us. One thing that has been particularly challenging is the way we communicate and interact with others. It’s just an eye opening experience to realize just how much we use our face to communicate,” said McIlwain.

Lip reading and facial recognition are important components of human interaction, especially for those who have underlying hearing loss. For them these visual cues can be essential to understanding and participating in everyday environments. McIlwain told us, “With the measures to decrease the spread of COVID-19

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Senate panel ends confirmation hearing for day

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett (all times local):

2:30 p.m.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has wrapped up the first of four days of planned Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Amy Coney Barrett.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Lindsey Graham told lawmakers at the conclusion of an approximately five-hour hearing Monday to get some rest because there are long days ahead.

On Monday, Democratic and Republican members of the committee gave opening statements, as did Barrett. She will begin answering questions from lawmakers Tuesday.

Graham acknowledged the obvious at one point: “This is going to be a long, contentious week.”

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HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE SUPREME COURT CONFIRMATION HEARINGS:

The Republican-controlled Senate is charging ahead on President Donald Trump’s pick to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and cement a conservative court

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The Latest: Senate Panel Ends Confirmation Hearing for Day | Washington, D.C. News

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett (all times local):

The Senate Judiciary Committee has wrapped up the first of four days of planned Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Amy Coney Barrett.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Lindsey Graham told lawmakers at the conclusion of an approximately five-hour hearing Monday to get some rest because there are long days ahead.

On Monday, Democratic and Republican members of the committee gave opening statements, as did Barrett. She will begin answering questions from lawmakers Tuesday.

Graham acknowledged the obvious at one point: “This is going to be a long, contentious week.”

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE SUPREME COURT CONFIRMATION HEARINGS:

The Republican-controlled Senate is charging ahead on President Donald Trump’s pick to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and cement a conservative court majority before Election

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Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s hearing October 12

The Senate is charging ahead on President Trump’s pick to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and cement a conservative majority on the Supreme Court.

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats branded Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett a threat to Americans’ health care during the coronavirus pandemic Monday at the start of a fast-tracked hearing that Republicans are confident will end with Barrett’s confirmation to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before Election Day.

In a competing effort to approvingly define the 48-year-old Barrett, who sat silent and wearing a face mask, Republican senators called President Donald Trump’s pick a thoughtful judge with impeccable credentials.

Barring a dramatic development, Republicans appear to have the votes to confirm Barrett to a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court. If she is confirmed quickly she could be on the Supreme Court when it hears the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act,

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Health Care Is Focus as Barrett Supreme Court Hearing Opens | Washington, D.C. News

By MARK SHERMAN, LISA MASCARO and MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats branded Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett a threat to Americans’ health care during the coronavirus pandemic Monday at the start of a fast-tracked hearing that Republicans are confident will end with Barrett’s confirmation to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before Election Day.

In a competing effort to approvingly define the 48-year-old Barrett, who sat silent and wearing a face mask, Republican senators called President Donald Trump’s pick a thoughtful judge with impeccable credentials.

Barring a dramatic development, Republicans appear to have the votes to confirm Barrett to a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court. If she is confirmed quickly she could be on the Supreme Court when it hears the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act, a week after the election.

One after another, Democrats sought to tie her nomination

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Get to know your hearing number during Audiology Awareness Month

Normal hearing is 20/20: Get to know your hearing number during Audiology Awareness Month

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LONE TREE, Colo., Oct. 7, 2020

New public health campaign seeks to establish a simple health metric to define normal hearing to better monitor hearing loss, refer for treatment

LONE TREE, Colo., Oct. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Cochlear Limited (ASX: COH), the global leader in implantable hearing solutions, launches the Hearing 20/20 campaign, a new public health initiative to adopt 20/20 as a common metric for normal hearing, during October’s Audiology Awareness Month. Supported by 10 hearing health nonprofit and industry partners, establishing a simple, common metric, defined as 20 decibels in each ear, can help simplify the ongoing conversation and actions related to monitoring hearing health and treating hearing loss, especially among adults 55 years of age and older.

Research conducted by Cochlear found 93 percent of consumers know what normal vision is, but only 9 percent can define normal hearing. Normal hearing is 20/20. Do you know your hearing number? During Audiology Awareness Month, prioritize your hearing health and request a hearing test at your annual check-up.Research conducted by Cochlear found 93 percent of consumers know what normal vision is, but only 9 percent can define normal hearing. Normal hearing is 20/20. Do you know your hearing number? During Audiology Awareness Month, prioritize your hearing health and request a hearing test at your annual check-up.
Research conducted by Cochlear found 93 percent of consumers know what normal vision
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RRMC Health Talk: ‘What did you say?’: Masks and hearing | Weekend Magazine

A lot of people these days may find themselves having a harder time talking with each other.

Our ability to communicate has certainly suffered with the need to wear face masks in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Until the pandemic is over, it looks like face masks and coverings are here to stay.

Although we hear with our ears, we use facial expressions and lip reading to understand what is being said. These important visual cues are now obstructed with face masks which makes communication more difficult and sometimes frustrating. Furthermore, personal protective equipment such as face masks and face shields block sound. These barriers can bring the volume down to a level as if you are wearing ear plugs. When you add this handicap to the missing visual cues, it is no wonder we are straining to hear and understand each other.

The overall impact is even more significant

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Fauci pushes back against Rand Paul at COVID-19 hearing

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Democrats propose bill to curb presidential abuses

House Democrats are proposing a sweeping bill to curb presidential abuses, a pitch to voters weeks ahead of Election Day as they try to defeat President Donald Trump, capture the Senate from Republicans and keep their House majority. (Sept. 23)

WASHINGTON — Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, forcefully pushed back on assertions about COVID-19 made by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., during a Wednesday hearing, telling the senator he misconstrued the facts and had “done that repeatedly in the past.” 

During a hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, Paul asked Fauci if he had “second thoughts about your mitigation recommendations.” Paul made several claims about herd immunity, Sweden’s attempts to fight the pandemic, Asian countries having greater resilience against COVID-19, and virus death rates.

Fauci declined to engage with the senator

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Loud Noises Can Affect Your Hearing

Huh? I’m sorry what? Have you constantly been saying this? If so you may have a chance of hearing damage, according to U.S Department of health and human services center it is said that “loud sound can be harmful when they are too loud, even for a brief time, or when they are both loud and long-lasting.” Being aware of that it has been proven that listening to loud noises such as music can affect your hearing temporarily or permanently. But don’t fear! There are many ways to prevent your hearing loss, such as listening to music at lower volume in your earphones or protecting your ears with hearing protection devices when going to concerts or anywhere with loud music or noises in general. Being able to take care of your hearing well can help you in the future otherwise you’ll lose your hearing in the future.

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