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Technology for Persons with Hearing LossRose Aird Minette, M.A.DARS - Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services


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Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)

Blind Services

Disability Determination Services (SSI)

Early Childhood Services (ECI)

Rehabilitation Services (Vocational Rehabilitation Services)

--Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services

http://www.dars.state.tx.us/dhhs/


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OFFICE FOR DEAF & HARD OF HEARING SERVICES (DARS)RESOURCE SPECIALIST PROJECTS

Edith Tillery

Cynthia Maldonado

Karen Moulder

Rebecca Hernandez

Esther Kelly

Carol Johnson

Olivia Bills

Gordon Greer

Teri Wathen

Linda Belk

Sara Fillippone

Deafness RSs

Hearing Loss RSs

Judy Kurz


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High Frequency Consonants (DARS)

  • F , S, Th, T, Sh, K

  • You can not say these sounds louder

  • When you shout, you emphasize the vowels, which have more power and are lower frequency.

  • There’s also more distortion when shouting, as well as the “emotion factor.”


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Pocketalker (DARS) by WilliamsSound

Retail $100 - $160

Great for the car or other noisy situations

Recommended for elderly who need large item and inexpensive

5 year warranty


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Motiva FM 360 system by (DARS)WilliamsSound

Environmental Microphone

Aux input- broadcast any sound

WilliamsSound reliability

$850.00


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FM Systems (DARS)

Comfort Contego

  • Dual microphones

  • User has control over feature selection

  • Omni, directional mics

  • $900.00

Photo courtesy of BeyondHearingAids.com



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Dealing with Office Telephones (DARS)

Radio Shack Phone Adaptor

# 43-1237

Vista Amplifier

Plantronics H101N

Speech Adjust-a-tone

Photo courtesy of BeyondHearingAids.com & Radioshack.com


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GN Netcom GN 2100 Telecoil - headset (DARS)

Equipped with a hearing aid-compatible telecoil, suitable for all standard telecoil-equipped hearing aids and fitted to the plain side of the earpiece.

Telecoil cancels out surrounding background noise and heightens the sound quality from the telephone for clearer, crisper phone conversations.

Can be used with GN Netcom GN 8050 TC Amplifier if sound from headset is not amplified enough.

Photos courtesy of www.hellodirect.com


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Dealing with Office Telephones (DARS)

Oticon EPOQ

Streamer

Jabra A7010 Bluetooth Hub and JX10 Hub

You can keep your Streamer paired to both the office phone and the cell phone at the same time. You just cannot turn off the Streamer. As long as it is kept on, it will automatically switch back and forth between the two as they come into range. You do have to turn off the BT on the cell so that the hub knows to ‘find’ the office phone, but you don’t have to ‘re-pair’.

Photo courtesy of BeyondHearingAids.com


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Univox (DARS) 2A+ Loop …. Office phone solution and more!


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Sprint WebCapTel (DARS)is a FREE web-based service that allows a person who can speak but has difficulty hearing over the phone to read word-for-word captions of their call on a web browser during the call, while at the same time hearing the other person using any telephone.

A WebCapTel user would make or receive calls while logged into a website (www.sprintcaptel.com) and hear the person on the other line using their own cell phone, desk phone, cordless phone, or even an amplified phone.

The user hears the person speaking through any telephone of their choice. During the call, captions appear on the user's web browser.  Skilled human captioners use speech recognition software to relay what the other party is saying.

English and Spanish captioning service is available.


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Cell phone options- wired (DARS)

Cell Phone Accessories

HearBuddy DAI

Geemarc

Neckloop

T-Link or NoizFree

Hatis Freedom

NEW

CLA7-v2

Amplified Neckloop

By ClearSounds

Photo courtesy of BeyondHearingAids.com


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You know about these…. (DARS)

Cell Phone sends Bluetooth signal

SmartLink transmitter

Phonak receivers

Siemens TEK Connect

Oticon EPOQ

Streamer

Photo courtesy of BeyondHearingAids.com


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Don’t forget about these…. (DARS)

Generic Bluetooth Products

Texas STAP voucher can cover cost

ClearSounds CLA7BTBluetooth Wireless connectivity between your cell phone and hearing aid

Amplified Neck LoopT-coil inductive neck loop and Bluetooth transceiver with built-in microphone and volume control


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Bluetooth - MaxIt Bluetooth Neckloop- Amplified (DARS)

Texas STAP voucher can cover cost

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Clipboard Loop (DARS)

  • Allows for additional stronger microphone to be added

Photos courtesy of http://www.tecear.com


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Technology Worth Talking About (DARS)

Hearing ProtectionEarmuffs

Williams Sound

HED008

Photo courtesy of BeyondHearingAids.com


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Technology Worth Talking About (DARS)

StethoscopeOptions

Photo courtesy of BeyondHearingAids.com


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Specialized Telecommunications Assistance Program (DARS)

STAP

A voucher program that provides financial assistance for the purchase of specialized assistive equipment or services for individuals whose disability interferes with their ability to access the telephone network.

www.dars.state.tx.us/dhhs/stap.shtml


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Rose Aird Minette, M.A. (DARS)

DARS Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services

[email protected]

www.dars.state.tx.us/dhhs

512 407-3250 Main

512 407-3255 Direct

512 407-3299 Fax


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