Janice S. Lintz,
Founder & CEO of Hearing Access & Innovations
Janice S. Lintz is a passionate, accomplished hearing loss consultant and advocate. She is well known and respected for her ability to assess situations, identify areas for improvement, recommend solutions and implement programs that help organizations improve customer service and grow profits. Her ability to break down issues and do what is needed to affect change has earned her unprecedented access to business leaders, government officials, political leaders, and respected academians worldwide.
Since 2002, Janice has become the global “go-to” person on all matters related to access for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. With an undergraduate degree in business, a law degree, and experience as a successful litigator, Janice leverages her broad background to articulate compelling business cases for organizations in both the for-profit and not-for-profit worlds to improve hearing access for customers with hearing loss.
A culture lover, Janice felt her heart sink whenever her daughter – diagnosed with hearing loss at 2 ½ – struggled to understand museum guides and actors on stage, even with hearing aids. Not one to wait, Janice plunged into the research and learned that cultural venues could provide better hearing access with relatively inexpensive technology, such as the induction loop, a coil placed around a room that wirelessly transmits amplified sound to a hearing aid.
Janice works with domestic and international organizations to benchmark best practices and leverages the most effective solutions for their situations. Working with multiple organizations, she helped the New York City Transit Commission recommend that induction loops be included in all New York City subway information booths and call boxes as part of President Obama’s $13.5 million Stimulus Package. She also worked with the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission to implement this technology in 3,000 taxis. New York City is the first United States city to offer this technology in its transit systems and taxis. She initiated the Over-The-Counter Hearing Aid Bill introduced and passed by Senators Warren and Grassley and is cited in the Proposed Regulations’ footnotes.
Appointments, Honors, and Committees
Janice is a 2023 Harvard Kennedy School Mid-Career MPA Candidate. In 2022, Congressmember Paul Tonko awarded Janice Congressional Recognition, and NYS inducted her into the Disability Rights Hall of Fame. Janice is 2018 The Points Guy + Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Goalkeepers Partnership Travel Grant Recipient, 2016 Aspen Institute Spotlight Health Scholar, and a 2016 United State of Women Summit Nominated Changemaker.
New York State Governor David Paterson appointed her twice to the Interagency Council for Services to the Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing. Federal Communication Commission (FCC) Chairman Kevin J. Martin appointed her twice to represent the interests of people with hearing loss on the FCC’s Consumer Advisory Committee. The New York City Mayor’s Office appointed her to the Taxi of Tomorrow Stakeholder Committee. The US Access Board appointed Janice to both the Rail Committee and the Passenger Vessel Emergency Alarms Advisory Committee.
She is featured and/ or mentioned in the following books: The Success Factor, Tell Her She Can’t Changemaker: Inspiring Stories of Unstoppable Women, and Beyond Diversity.
Janice is a former Advisory Board member of The Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University and The Lower East Side Tenement Museum’s Advisory Committee. She has participated in six Renaissance Weekend retreats for business and finance leaders, government, the media, religion, medicine, science, technology, and the arts.
Janice traveled to 143 + 3 UN countries and 199 countries, territories, and unrecognized nations.