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Look Who’s Talking: Internet-Based Relay Services for South Dakotans

Look Who’s Talking: Internet-Based Relay Services for South Dakotans
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4 Helpful Ways to Make Driving While Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing Easier

4 Helpful Ways to Make Driving While Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing Easier

First, let’s dispel a common myth: people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing CAN drive, and many are excellent drivers. Laws passed in all 50 states guarantee the right to drive. However, it’s important to take precautions to keep everyone safe on the road.  

Here are 4 helpful ways to make driving while deaf or hard-of-hearing easier.

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A History of Captioning: Where It Started and Where It’s Going

A History of Captioning: Where It Started and Where It’s Going

Ever since Samuel Morse invented the telegraph in 1837, we’ve been using machines for long-distance communication.

But it wasn’t until the 1950s that captioning for deaf and hard-of-hearing people became mainstream in the film industry – and we had to wait for the Telecommunications Act of 1982 for mandated telephone access for all.   

When you look at it that way, captioned services have come a long way in 35 years.

Let’s see how far we’ve come. Take a look back on the history of captioning.

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5 Ways for Hard-of-Hearing People to Navigate Working in the Service Industry

5 Ways for Hard-of-Hearing People to Navigate Working in the Service Industry

If you’re hard-of-hearing, it’s no secret that communicating can be difficult – especially on the job. As with every other part of your life, it’s important not to let these challenges stand in the way of accomplishing your goals. Everyone deserves a rewarding career that they love. That includes you!   

Here are 5 ways for hard-of-hearing people to navigate working in the service industry.  

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How Talking On the Phone Positively Affects Your Mental Health

How Talking On the Phone Positively Affects Your Mental Health

It’s no secret that talking on the phone with friends and family can be a great source of happiness – and even the most mundane, task-oriented calls give us a sense of connection and control over our lives.

Without this daily social connection, people who are deaf, hard-of-hearing or speech impaired can be at risk for chronic sadness or depression. They may also experience feelings of irritability, poor self-image and feelings of inadequacy.

Here are 3 ways relay services can help people live happier, more connected lives.  

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4 Phrases to Skip When Interacting with the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Community

4 Phrases to Skip When Interacting with the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Community

Whether you’re meeting an individual with hearing loss for the first time or interacting with someone you know well, the basic rules of conversational etiquette apply:  Think before you speak. Talk in a normal voice. Be polite and attentive.

Trying to connect with an individual with hearing loss without understanding their culture can make you come off as rude, however unintentionally. Try to avoid these four phrases at all costs.  

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Your Guide to Hearing Implants: Your Options & How They Work

Your Guide to Hearing Implants: Your Options & How They Work

If you’ve experienced hearing loss in your daily life, there’s a chance that a hearing implant might be a good fit for your situation. If your audiologist recommends it, you have several options when it comes to implants.

Here are just a few of the potential options your audiologist might present to you, depending on the level and nature of your hearing loss.

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Hearing Loss & Meetings: Tips for Workplace Efficiency

Hearing Loss & Meetings: Tips for Workplace Efficiency

Being hard-of-hearing in a primarily hearing workplace doesn’t need to be difficult to navigate. Employers and coworkers can work together to better accommodate with each other —particularly in meetings and workplace gatherings.

Here are some ways office workers can improve meetings when it comes to coworkers with hearing loss.

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5 Ways the Deaf Community Has Come a Long Way Since TTY Equipment

5 Ways the Deaf Community Has Come a Long Way Since TTY Equipment

Tech advancements have made an impact on the everyday lives of many people—and the deaf and hard-of-hearing community is no exception. Advancements in telephones, hearing aids, FM systems, cochlear implants and other TTY technologies have undoubtedly made their marks on the population.

But what does this impact look like, and how has it affected relationships with the hearing community?

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What Most Often Causes Hearing Loss in Children?

What Most Often Causes Hearing Loss in Children?

Hearing loss in children can vary, but some causes can be prevented with medical care. Middle and outer ear infections are the leading cause of hearing loss in children, with 75 percent of infants and children experiencing this type of infection by age three.

Learn more about ear infections and their implications below.

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