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Be Part of the Conversation.

Relay South Dakota provides telephone accessibility to people who are deaf, hard-of-hearing or speech-disabled. We are available:

24 hours a day, 365 days a year

with no restrictions on the length or number of calls placed. It’s as easy as 7-1-1.

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Relay South Dakota Updates

What is Relay South Dakota?

What is Relay South Dakota?

Posted Jan 05, 2016

The goal of Relay South Dakota is to help people who are deaf, are hard of hearing, are deaf-blind or have a speech disability to be a part of the conversation in an easy-to-use, affordable manner.

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4 Important Things to Know About Age Related Hearing Loss

4 Important Things to Know About Age Related Hearing Loss

Posted Jun 29, 2016

One of the truest facts in life is that getting older is impossible to avoid. And when it comes to your hearing, age can also bring on some loss of ability that is oftentimes unavoidable.

Keep in mind the following important things when it comes to identifying and treating age-related hearing loss.

How it Works

Age-related hearing loss is likely just part of the larger causes of loss. But there are several contributing health factors that are more common as you age that can have an effect on your hearing. High blood pressure, diabetes and other chronic conditions can debilitate the sensory cells in your ears that manage hearing. That’s why it’s even more important to manage your overall health as you get older.

Prevention

Unfortunately, age-related hearing loss is not something you can prevent or control at this time. The best you can do to prevent hearing loss in general is to take steps to avoid noise-induced loss, such as from sudden, loud noises and prolonged, high-decibel volumes. Protect your ears when using heavy machinery and loud landscaping equipment, as well as when you’re exposed to loud concerts or public events.

Identifying Loss

Hearing loss isn’t always sudden – as such, it can be difficult to notice hearing loss and begin treating it before it becomes more of a burden to do so. Have an awareness of the ease with which you can hear phone conversations and group conversations, as well as how often you ask others to speak up, stop mumbling or repeat themselves. These are signs of age-related hearing loss.

Next Steps

While age-related hearing loss is often inevitable, there are ways to treat the loss that can help make your daily life more pleasant for you and for those around you. Contact a physician or specialist, such as an audiologist or otolaryngologist, to plan out your treatment, and consider devices such as hearing aids and cochlear implants to improve your listening ability.


Be dutiful – early detection of hearing loss of any kind is always easier to treat than if you put it off. Pay attention to your hearing as you age, and you can improve your situation for years to come.

Source: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

How to Combat Farming Hearing Loss

How to Combat Farming Hearing Loss

Posted Jun 22, 2016

In South Dakota, it’s a foregone conclusion that most people will be exposed to agriculture and farming in some capacity, whether it’s a friend or family member who owns, operates or works on or near a farm.

But with farming comes a lot of potential for hearing damage. Keep the following tips in mind to combat farming-related hearing loss.

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10 Common Myths About Lip-Reading

10 Common Myths About Lip-Reading

Posted Jun 15, 2016

When it comes to communicating through hearing loss, one of the best tools at your disposal is learning to lip-read. In the right lighting and with your conversation partner’s face in view, it can be an effective strategy.

There are, however, a lot of assumptions people might make about lip-reading that are false – take a look at these myths.

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