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Article: Guide to Assistive Technology

Tools for Persons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Table of Contents
  1. General Product Information
  2. Assistive Technology in Education
  3. Assistive Technology in the Workplace
  4. Computer Accessibility
  5. Funding Assistive Technology
  6. Tools for Persons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  7. Tools for Persons who are Blind or Visually Impaired
  8. Mobility
  9. Speech and Language Tools

Assistive technology can also help those who are hard of hearing or deaf. People with hearing loss can become more independent with listening devices. These may include hearing aids, amplifiers, alarm systems, and telephone modifications.

Infinitec has a complete resource guide for persons who are deaf or have some hearing loss. On their site you will learn about

  • Telecommunications, TTY and Adaptive Telephones
  • Assistive Listening Devices
  • Alerting Devices
  • Siren Detectors for Cars
  • Closed/Open Captioning
  • Organizations and Publications
  • Legislation
  • Home Modifications American

Speech-Language Hearing Association
This site contains information about assistive listening devices. They also provide a list of companies that specialize in devices for those who are deaf or hard of hearing.

The Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center of Gallaudet University
If you know you have a hearing loss or you suspect you have a hearing loss there are many resources to help you. Go to this website to learn about hearing devices. You can also find information on how to choose a listening device.

Hearing Aids and Other Assistive Devices: Where to Get Assistance
This site provides information to help you locate adaptive equipment for hearing loss.

What to Expect from a Hearing Aid
Many people do not know what to expect from a hearing aid. This site provides information to prepare you for using hearing aids properly. It discusses how the device fits in the ear and with how it should sound.

The Depaul University American Sign Language Project
Communication can be difficult between individuals who can hear and those who are deaf. American Sign Language (ASL) is the language used by the deaf in North America. DePaul University has launched an ASL project. It is an English to ASL translator. Go to their site for more information on ASL and the project.

HandSpeak is a resource in exploring an approach to imagery language and visual communication, cultures, arts and creativity.

Signing Savy
Signing Savvy is a sign language dictionary containing several thousand high resolution videos of American Sign Language (ASL) signs, fingerspelled words, and other common signs used within the United States and Canada.

The Canadian Hearing Society
The Canadian Hearing Society has compiled various guidelines and fact sheets to assist in reducing barriers for people with hearing impairments. There is also information on various assistive technology products.

Last Updated on 8/22/2017