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Fast Facts: Telecommunications and Individuals Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: Devices and Software

Telecommunication technology has significantly changed the communication landscape for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing. For more than 40 years, text telephones (TTY) and amplified phones were their only options. Today, videophones, Smartphones, and instant messaging most often replace the TTY as preferred communication tools.

Fast Facts: Telecommunications - Devices and Software

Fast Facts: Telecommunications and Individuals Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: VRS, VRI and TRS Alphabet Soup

With technology seemingly always one step ahead of us, it’s easy to confuse the various telecommunication services used to visually connect hearing and deaf/hard of hearing individuals wishing to communicate with each other. There are three primary telecommunication services in use today: 1) video relay service (VRS); 2) TTY relay service (TRS); and 3) video relay interpreting (VRI). VRS and TRS are free programs regulated by the FCC, while VRI is a fee-based service that satisfies the communication-related mandates of the ADA.

Fast Facts: Telecommunications - VRS, VRI and TRS Alphabet Soup

Online Media and Access for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Institutions are increasingly turning toward a variety of distance education technologies to provide educational opportunities for students in a variety of settings. Over a two-day period, this webcast included 9 separate presentations by professionals experienced in utilizing a variety of popular online media. The presentations focused on innovative ways to ensure access for a diverse group of students, especially those students with hearing loss.

New Apps Enhance Communication Access Via Mobile Phones

Newsletter article that describes mobile phone applications that can translate voice messages into text, support video chat, and save conversations or notes to view later.

New Apps Enhance Communication Access Via Mobile Phones

Demystifying Hearing Assistance Technology: A Guide for Service Providers and Consumers

Find out more about hearing aids, cochlear implants, assistive listening devices, alerting devices, telecommunications options and more.

Demystifying Hearing Assistance Technology: A Guide for Service Providers and Consumers

VideoConferencing

This guide provides information and resources to utilize videoconferencing to set up professional development activities.

VideoConferencing

Understanding amplified stethoscopes

An incoming student with a hearing loss is enrolled in an allied health program and will need to use a stethoscope. Who is responsible for purchasing the amplified stethoscope, and how will the instructor know that the student is accurately reporting information and describing sounds?

Understanding amplified stethoscopes