What is Relay South Dakota?
Posted by RelaySDAdmin on 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.Read more
Tech Roundup: Top Apps for People with Hearing, Vision or Speech Disabilities
Posted by Epic-Jacob on Feb 16, 2018
Can you believe mobile apps have only been around for 10 years? From on-the-go banking and fitness trackers to social media, games and more - it’s hard to imagine life without our smartphones and tablets. And the innovations just keep coming!
Check out our latest tech roundup, featuring 5 useful apps for people with hearing, vision or speech disabilities.Read more
5 Tips For Talking To Loved Ones About Hearing Loss
Posted by Epic-Jacob on Feb 01, 2018
It’s never easy to admit when we have a problem, and that’s especially true when it comes to age-related hearing loss. For those affected, it’s common to experience a wide range of emotions including anger, grief and denial.
Here are 5 important tips for talking to loved ones about hearing loss.Read more
What Does Hearing Loss Sound Like?
Posted by Epic-Jacob on Jan 16, 2018
Do you have a family member, friend or colleague with hearing loss? If so, you know how important it is to be supportive and understanding – especially if their hearing loss is age-related or work-related, and you’re all adjusting to new communication needs.
Here are some ways you can gain perspective by experiencing what hearing loss sounds like.Read more
Look Who’s Talking: Internet-Based Relay Services for South Dakotans
Posted by Admin on Jan 03, 2018
4 Helpful Ways to Make Driving While Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing Easier
Posted by Admin on Dec 28, 2017
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.Read more
A History of Captioning: Where It Started and Where It’s Going
Posted by Admin on Dec 14, 2017
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.Read more
5 Ways for Hard-of-Hearing People to Navigate Working in the Service Industry
Posted by Admin on Dec 04, 2017
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.Read more
How Talking On the Phone Positively Affects Your Mental Health
Posted by Admin on Nov 16, 2017
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.Read more
4 Phrases to Skip When Interacting with the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Community
Posted by Admin on Nov 03, 2017
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.Read more
Your Guide to Hearing Implants: Your Options & How They Work
Posted by Admin on Oct 12, 2017
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.Read more
Hearing Loss & Meetings: Tips for Workplace Efficiency
Posted by Admin on Sep 28, 2017
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.Read more
5 Ways the Deaf Community Has Come a Long Way Since TTY Equipment
Posted by Admin on Sep 14, 2017
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?Read more
What Most Often Causes Hearing Loss in Children?
Posted by Admin on Aug 31, 2017
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.Read more
6 Influential Moments in Deaf Culture
Posted by Admin on Aug 24, 2017
The deaf and hard-of-hearing community has had numerous important individuals and milestones that have improved lives over time. These opportunities have helped shape what it’s like to be a deaf person worldwide.
Here are just a few of the influential moments in deaf culture that have made an impact on the community.Read more
4 Common Causes of Sudden Hearing Loss
Posted by Admin on Jul 27, 2017
Not all hearing loss is brought on gradually through aging or other causes. Sometimes hearing loss can occur suddenly—and it’s not always immediately evident why. Unfortunately, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, only approximately 10-15 percent of sudden hearing loss is actually diagnosable.
Nevertheless, here are four common, identifiable causes.Read more
How to Learn Sign Language: The Basics to Get You Started
Posted by Admin on Jul 13, 2017
Have you ever wanted to learn a second language? Starting can sometimes be the hardest part. When it comes to American Sign Language (ASL), all it takes is the right first steps to move toward an eventual total understanding.
Here are a few basic tactics to get you started on your road to ASL fluency.Read more
The “Bad Lip Reading” Videos: What It Tells Us About the Hard-of-Hearing Community
Posted by Admin on Jun 29, 2017
Whenever a new “Bad Lip Reading” video is released, viewers get a good laugh. It is entertaining to watch what the creators perceive the people in the videos to be saying because it is almost always wildly out of context of the actual video content.
It’s further proof that it’s easy to make mistakes when you lip-read. Here’s what the “Bad Lip Reading” videos say about the communication style.Read more
4 Ways Assistive Technology is Changing in 2017
Posted by Admin on Jun 22, 2017
Assistive technology for hard-of-hearing individuals includes products that enhance a person’s hearing capabilities, utilized by those who have experienced hearing loss. There have been many recent developments in assistive technology through the years, including hearing aids, alarms, shakers and some brand-new tools.
Here are four directions assistive technology is headed in 2017.Read more
Communicating on the Go: 5 Mobile Apps for the Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing
Posted by Admin on Jun 15, 2017
Sometimes all the smart technology and screens can seem overwhelming and even distracting. However, technology has a lot of significant pros when it comes to helping the hard-of-hearing and deaf communities. Thanks to incredibly talented app developers, you can use mobile applications on your smartphone to help make conversations feel effortless.
Take a look at some of the hearing- and speech-assistance apps you can download today.Read more
A History of Sign Language: Where It’s Been and What’s Coming
Posted by Admin on May 25, 2017
Many deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals primarily communicate through sign language. Sign language uses gestures, hand signs and fingerspelling instead of spoken words. Signs can represent single words or entire phrases. Like spoken languages, sign languages also contain grammatical rules, expressions, regional accents and dialects.
But how did it all begin? Let’s take a closer look.Read more
7 Examples of Assistive Technology for the Hard-of-Hearing
Posted by Admin on Apr 21, 2017
Living with hearing loss doesn’t need to be frustrating—there are plenty of technology options to help overcome potential challenges posed by hearing loss.
Let’s take a look at some of the technology used to assist people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Understanding the Art of Lip Reading: 5 Things to Know
Posted by Admin on Apr 06, 2017
Read my lips! You may have heard that phrase when someone wants to hammer home a point, like a mother telling a child, “Read my lips. You're not having any more ice cream.”
While you usually might not think twice when hearing that phrase, for many hard-of-hearing people lip reading can be an invaluable communication skill.
Here are a few things you should understand about lip reading.Read more
5 Common Mistakes Made When Communicating with the Hard of Hearing
Posted by Admin on Mar 23, 2017
Let’s say you’re about to have a conversation with a friend, loved one or even a stranger who has experienced hearing loss of some sort. What are you most apt to do? Do you increase your speaking volume? Do you make assumptions about your conversation partner?
Here are just a few of the most common mistakes people make when speaking with hard-of-hearing individuals.Read more
6 Facts About Sign Language You Didn’t Know
Posted by Admin on Mar 09, 2017
Spoken languages are complex and can take years of practice and immersion to gain fluency. Sign languages, like spoken languages, have grammar rules, rhythms and differ from language to language.
Here are six facts you might not have known about sign language.Read more
How to Improve Your Relationships Amid Hearing Loss
Posted by Admin on Feb 23, 2017
It’s February—and love is perhaps in the air. When it comes to hearing loss, communication and conversation are even more pivotal to your relationships. It’s important to take the steps to ensure you can engage with the people you love without frustration or miscommunication.
Here are a few tips for managing relationship conversations amid hearing loss.Read more
Winter 2017: Relay South Dakota Upcoming Events
Posted by Admin on Feb 13, 2017
We’re more than a month into 2017, and it’s already looking busy for Relay South Dakota this season. We have a substantial list of events we’ll be attending throughout the remainder of the season and into spring.
Here are a few of your opportunities to visit with a Relay South Dakota rep about our products and services.Read more
The Guide to Keeping Your Hearing Safe During Football Games
Posted by Admin on Jan 19, 2017
It’s that time of year—if you’re a pigskin fan, you’re probably going to hit a few games now and again throughout the next few weeks. With the Super Bowl fast approaching, football games are a hotspot.
But when it comes to outdoor or partially outdoor games, are you taking the proper precautions to protect your hearing? Here are some tips.Read more
New Year’s Resolutions: How to Prioritize Your Hearing in 2017
Posted by Admin on Jan 11, 2017
Welcome to another year—with a new set of challenges to face and opportunities to embrace. Many people enjoy making resolutions at the start of the new year, but few follow through on those new-year promises.
Here are four popular New Year’s resolutions and why addressing your hearing loss can help you achieve them and have a successful 2017.Read more
How Treating Hearing Loss Affects Your Physical and Mental Health
Posted by Admin on Dec 23, 2016
Rule No. 1 when it comes to hearing loss – don’t let it cause you to be anti-social or retreat from spending quality time with friends and family. One of the best ways to avoid this pitfall is to make efforts to treat your hearing loss, whether it’s assistive listening devices (ALDs) or hearing aids.
Here are just some of the many health benefits of taking the time to treat your hearing loss.Read more
The Gift of Communication: 3 Programs Ideal for Communication Access
Posted by Admin on Dec 14, 2016
It’s the holiday season – and what better gift than that of communication? For those who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech-disabled, communication can be a very useful gift.
Luckily Relay South Dakota offers some programs ideally built for this type of recipient – here’s a rundown of the services available.Read more
6 Tips for Communicating More Effectively Through Hearing Loss
Posted by Admin on Nov 30, 2016
Having a thorough conversation can sometimes be a challenge if you or your conversation partner has experienced hearing loss. Missing out on details or having to repeat statements can make conversations frustrating.
Next time, keep these six tips in mind to help your conversations flow more smoothly.Read more
5 Tips for Managing Hearing Loss in the Workplace
Posted by Admin on Nov 17, 2016
Hearing loss can add unnecessary stress and potentially even hinder performance in the workplace. It’s crucial to make sure you and your employer are on the same page so you can perform to the best of your ability at work.
Take a look at these five tips to help you work through hearing loss.Read more
What is the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program?
Posted by RelaySDAdmin on Nov 03, 2016
Communication assistance isn’t just limited to support for deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals. In fact, there’s a national organization that provides tools specifically for deaf-blind people looking to improve their communication access.
The National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP), or iCanConnect, is a program designed to help individuals with combined hearing and vision loss obtain communication technology.Read more
4 Pieces of Advice for Hunting with Hearing Loss
Posted by RelaySDAdmin on Oct 26, 2016
Now that fall has officially arrived, outdoorsy types are preparing for their favorite hunting seasons. No matter what you hunt, hearing can be a huge asset while hunting. However, even if you are deaf, hard of hearing or have profound hearing loss, you can still be an active and successful hunter.
Consider the following four pieces of advice for hard-of-hearing hunters.Read more
5 Steps to Managing Severe Hearing Loss
Posted by RelaySDAdmin on Sep 12, 2016
Hearing loss happens because of losses of or damage to cilia, the tiny hairs located in your inner ear. Because these hairs can’t be regenerated, it is important to note that any treatment for hearing loss will likely not restore your original levels of hearing ability.Read more
6 Classroom Tips for Hard-of-Hearing Students
Posted by RelaySDAdmin on Aug 29, 2016
Schools are full of noise, from the hallways, to the cafeteria, to the classrooms. But when it comes to hard-of-hearing students, teachers should consider a few methods for making the classroom environment ideal for listening and communicating.Read more
Summer 2016: Relay South Dakota Upcoming Events
Posted by RelaySDAdmin on Aug 08, 2016
Relay South Dakota has a lot going in the summer of 2016 – there will be opportunities to come meet our team and learn about our services in August and September.Read more
6 Tips for Protecting Your Hearing This Summer
Posted by RelaySDAdmin on Jul 15, 2016
Summer is the season for outdoor activities and getting out of dodge – but many of these frequent events can bring some undue noise and ear pressure to your hearing.
Look out for the following six scenarios in which your hearing might be at risk and may require extra caution and care through protective plugs and muffs.Read more
4 Important Things to Know About Age Related Hearing Loss
Posted by RelaySDAdmin on 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.Read more
How to Combat Farming Hearing Loss
Posted by RelaySDAdmin on 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.Read more
10 Common Myths About Lip-Reading
Posted by RelaySDAdmin on 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.Read more
Hearing Aids and Accessories: Supplementing Your Hearing
Posted by Admin on Jun 02, 2016
Hearing aids alone don’t make up your arsenal of tools to maximize your hearing ability. In fact, your hearing aids and assistive listening devices require care and attention to work best.
Make sure you’ve factored in the following accessories for hearing aid care.Read more
5 Signs You Need to Address Your Hearing Loss
Posted by RelaySDAdmin on May 25, 2016
It’s not always easy to tell when your hearing loss has become serious enough that you need to take steps to treat it. But there are several signs and symptoms of a pressing need to address your hearing loss.
Here are just a few of the day-to-day signs that it’s time.Read more
Protect Yourself from Hearing Loss on the Job
Posted by Admin on May 18, 2016
While your employer should make every effort to provide a safe working environment for you and your fellow employees, some jobs require a certain degree of exposure to noise throughout the day, whether it’s sudden or ongoing.
Regardless of your own situation, there are ways to prevent short- and long-term hearing loss that results from a noisy workplace.Read more
4 Ways You’re Damaging Your Ears
Posted by RelaySDAdmin on May 11, 2016
Just because it’s always been done, doesn’t mean it’s necessarily the right thing to do. Some standard practices when it comes to your ears, from cleaning to listening, have the potential to do more harm than good in the long run.
The following are some ways in which you might be doing damage to your ears.Read more
3 Unexpected Costs of Hearing Loss
Posted by RelaySDAdmin on Apr 28, 2016
For many, hearing loss is just a part of daily life. With the right tools and services at hand, someone who has experienced hearing loss can live to its fullest without too much trouble.
But when it comes to untreated hearing loss, it can have some unexpected long-term costs, according to recent findings.Read more
Living with Hearing Loss: 4 Resources Right Here in South Dakota
Posted by RelaySDAdmin on Apr 21, 2016
One of the perceived downfalls of living in a largely rural state is the lack of access to needed health and wellness services. But this is not the case when it comes to living with hearing loss.
There are a variety of resources at your disposal in South Dakota for dealing with the effects of hearing loss in both children and adults.Read more
A Guide to College Success for Hard-of-Hearing Students
Posted by RelaySDAdmin on Apr 13, 2016
So it’s time to start college… What comes first?
Well, if you’re hard of hearing or hearing-impaired, there are some considerations you should take to ensure you set yourself up for success.Read more
4 Tips for Protecting Hearing in Teenagers
Posted by RelaySDAdmin on Apr 06, 2016
Noise is a fact of life. From your workplace to your home to your surroundings out and about, you’re exposed to some high-decibel sound fairly frequently.
But think about how much more high-volume noise your teenager is exposed to on a daily basis.
Teens more than ever are at risk of hearing loss related to prolonged exposure to noise. Keep the following four factors in mind when it comes to your child’s hearing.Read more
3 Types of Assistive Listening Devices
Posted by RelaySDAdmin on Mar 30, 2016
When it comes to easing the day-to-day ability of hearing-impaired or hard-of-hearing individuals, assistive listening devices, or “ALDs,” can go a long way toward making hearing and comprehending that much more possible.Read more
How Treating Your Hearing Loss Treats More than Your Hearing
Posted by RelaySDAdmin on Mar 23, 2016
When you are hearing impaired, adding an assistive-listening device (ALD) or hearing aid to your daily life can be advantageous – after all, it’ll help you have conversations and interact with others more clearly and easily.
But utilizing these devices can have an even bigger impact on your long-term health and quality of life beyond just being able to listen better.
Here are just a few of the positive side effects of using ALDs and hearing aids.Read more
4 Tips for Stress Relief in People with Hearing Loss
Posted by RelaySDAdmin on Mar 16, 2016
Social interactions and conversations under certain circumstances can be stressful or cause anxiety. Introduce hearing impairment into the equation, and stress can escalate quickly for both people involved.
But it doesn’t have to.
Don’t let frustration and stress seep into your day-to-day conversations. Try out these tips.Read more
Combating Listener Fatigue in People with Hearing Loss
Posted by RelaySDAdmin on Mar 09, 2016
When you’ve suffered from hearing loss, just listening to someone for great lengths of time can be exhausting. What those with normal hearing may not understand is that “listener fatigue” is a real problem for hearing-impaired people.Read more
7 Well Known People Who Have Experienced Hearing Loss
Posted by RelaySDAdmin on Mar 02, 2016
People who have experienced hearing loss from birth or from childhood illnesses, or impairment related to aging, include individuals from all walks of life. Here are a few well-known public figures who have experienced hearing loss.Read more
Communication Solutions for Deaf-Blind South-Dakotans
Posted by RelaySDAdmin on Feb 24, 2016
Navigating communication with friends and family as a deaf or hard-of-hearing person can be tricky – add blindness or poor eyesight, and the task will likely require special equipment.
Luckily there are tools available for South Dakotans who are deaf-blind – it’s just a matter of requesting them.Read more
What Causes Hearing Loss?
Posted by RelaySDAdmin on Feb 17, 2016
A variety of factors can contribute to hearing loss, some of which are more prevalent than others. When it comes to prevention and precaution, knowledge of these causes can go a long way. Here are some of the triggers that can cause damage or rupture.Read more
5 Tips for Talking to Friends and Family
Posted by RelaySDAdmin on Feb 10, 2016
It can be tough to deal with the onset of hearing loss alone – so make sure you pass along the right knowledge to your friends and family so you have ample support. Once you’ve been seen by an audiologist or otolaryngologist, try on the following tips for size to maximize conversations with those around you.Read more
Coming Soon: Relay South Dakota Upcoming Events
Posted by Admin on Feb 05, 2016
Relay South Dakota has a lot going on in the first quarter of the year – there will be ample opportunities to come visit the team at a variety of events in February and March.
Here are a few of them:Read more
Simple Steps for Effective Communication
Posted by RelaySDAdmin on Jan 27, 2016
Communication between those with and without hearing loss can get tricky. The key to making a successful connection is educating and advising hearing people on the best ways to talk to you to prevent frustration on either party’s part. Here are a few steps you can take to make having conversations with hearing people easier:Read more
9 Travel Tips for Those With Hearing Loss
Posted by RelaySDAdmin on Jan 20, 2016
Traveling with hearing impairment can be challenging, but there are tips and tricks available to make your experience on the go run more smoothly. Try these on for size:Read more
Technology and You: 4 Relay Services Available
Posted by RelaySDAdmin on Jan 13, 2016
Utilizing Relay South Dakota’s free technology services can help connect you with your loved ones in ways you’ve never imagined. Through relay services, you can contact people around the world any day or time of the year by dialing the toll-free number, 711. Here are how some of the options work.Read more
Meet the Relay South Dakota Outreach & Education Team!
Posted by RelaySDAdmin on Jul 13, 2015Read more
Sprint Relay Celebrates 25th Anniversary
Posted by RelaySDAdmin on Jun 12, 2015
Relay SD selected Sprint Relay as its provider of choice last summer following a robust RFP process. Sprint Relay, the nation’s largest Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) provider, brings years of experience to this exciting partnership as it celebrates 25 years of service in 2015.Read more
Relay SD Sponsors SD Association of the Deaf 50th Anniversary
Posted by RelaySDAdmin on May 29, 2015
Relay South Dakota in partnership with Sprint Relay sponsors the upcoming 50th Anniversary of South Dakota Association ofthe Deaf!Read more
Exciting Preview from Ultratec: Braille CapTel
Posted by RelaySDAdmin on Jul 24, 2014
CapTel looks and acts just like any other telephone, with one important difference: it provides text captions of everything a caller says. If you cannot hear what the caller says, you can read the captions on the built-in display and coming soon - on a dynamic braille display!Read more
New Communications Technology Reconnecting South Dakota’s Deaf-Blind
Posted by RelaySDAdmin on Mar 03, 2014
Gayle Aamold, a 72-year-old grandmother from Hartford, South Dakota, is computer savvy. She’s a whiz on email, surfing the internet, posting on Facebook and calling with Skype. But her low vision and hearing –Read more