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Do You Have Questions About Hearing Assistive Technology?

Use of hearing assistive technology (HAT) is one important way for consumers to address their hearing loss. However, there is a substantial lack of understanding about available technological solutions. HAT...Use of hearing assistive technology (HAT) is one important way for consumers to address their hearing loss. However, there is a substantial lack of understanding about available technological solutions. HAT includes assistive listening systems (such as FM, hearing loop systems, and infrared), telecommunications products and services (such as captioned telephones and relay services) and alerting … Read More >

September 16, 2015

A Smartphone Is a Hearing Assistive Technology

A hearing aid or cochlear implant by itself is often not enough to hear conversations and alerting sounds. Numerous technologies are designed to help people with hearing loss enhance telephone...A hearing aid or cochlear implant by itself is often not enough to hear conversations and alerting sounds. Numerous technologies are designed to help people with hearing loss enhance telephone communication, TV reception, hear alerting/warning sounds, and listen in various kinds of public venues. This presentation will focus on how one device, a smartphone, can serve as a hearing assistive technology. Read More >

Jessica Toews

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Jess Toews says she’s just an ordinary lady. An ordinary lady with an amazing story. Jess was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (commonly referred to as NF2) in 2009. Over...Jess Toews says she’s just an ordinary lady. An ordinary lady with an amazing story. Jess was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (commonly referred to as NF2) in 2009. Over the last 9 years, Jess has been through many medical obstacles including deafness. In 2017, she became a recipient of both a cochlear implant and an auditory brainstem implant (ABI). The Toews family is very active in their church, local schools,... Read More >

FCC Updates Hearing Aid Compatibility Reporting Requirements

In a unanimous vote November 15, 2018, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a Report and Order that will give consumers and the Commission better access to information about the...In a unanimous vote November 15, 2018, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a Report and Order that will give consumers and the Commission better access to information about the availability of hearing aid compatible (HAC) wireless handsets.  The Report and Order eliminated the annual wireless HAC reporting requirements (Form 655) for service providers. It … Read More >

April 17, 2019

Life Without Limits – No Barriers

Join Bill Barkeley, a deaf-blind adventurer, advocate and storyteller for a conversation on his most recent adventures to Spain and Nepal.   Bill will share insights on his journeys that...Join Bill Barkeley, a deaf-blind adventurer, advocate and storyteller for a conversation on his most recent adventures to Spain and Nepal.   Bill will share insights on his journeys that have led to his co-authoring the No Barriers Life Elements that anyone can use to build a richer and more fulfilling life − regardless if you have any physical challenges or not. Read More >

Bill Barkeley

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 “Life without limits” is not just a saying or part of a title; it is how Bill lives his life. Challenges inherent to vision and hearing loss have not impeded... “Life without limits” is not just a saying or part of a title; it is how Bill lives his life. Challenges inherent to vision and hearing loss have not impeded Bill’s love for adventure − Bill has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and sailed a 50-foot catamaran using GPS! Bill serves on the board of directors of No Barriers USA and is a community ambassador for Hear the World. Read More >

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