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What is Relay South Dakota?

What is Relay South Dakota?

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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Day in the Life: Relay Communication Assistant (CA)

Day in the Life: Relay Communication Assistant (CA)

Communication Assistants, otherwise known as “CAs”, bring people together – literally! These hard-working professionals put the “relay” in Relay Services, acting as the vital telephone accessibility link for deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, low vision, or speech-disabled Americans. While their work is necessarily invisible, the people behind the onscreen characters stand out for their unwavering commitment, dedication and reliability. 

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Hearing Loss Denial Can Hurt Relationships

Hearing Loss Denial Can Hurt Relationships

Communication, verbal or non-verbal, is at the heart of every relationship we have. From a simple smile to sharing a story, nothing binds us together like conversation – and nothing keeps us connected like sharing time with family and friends. But for many of us, age-related hearing loss can lead to unintended rifts that start small and snowball into bigger issues over time.

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History of Relay Service in America

History of Relay Service in America

Today’s Telecommunication Relay Service allows those with hearing loss the opportunity to use the telephone… but that wasn’t always the case. The invention of the telephone in the 19th century was a modern marvel, yet people with hearing loss couldn’t take advantage of this exciting new technology for nearly 90 more years. Thankfully, we’ve come a long way.

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Stay Connected with Remote Conference Captioning

Stay Connected with Remote Conference Captioning

Teamwork makes the dream work – especially when it comes to business conference calls. Relay Conference Captioning (RCC) empowers deaf and hard-of-hearing professionals with real-time, streamed captioning during conference calls and webinars.

It’s a must-have collaboration and communication tool for today’s high-productivity workplace.

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What Is Listening Fatigue

What Is Listening Fatigue

Listening fatigue is a very real occurrence for many people, which affects both physical and cognitive areas. Listening fatigue comes from the extra amount of concentration used when following along with a conversation. Continuous listening takes a lot of attention and energy.  People tend to strain their brains whenever exerting a lot of effort and energy toward one thing. This is even more exemplified for people with hearing loss.

That’s why understanding and treating listening fatigue for people with hearing loss could be life changing.

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Top 5 Fire Safety Devices for People with Hearing Loss

Top 5 Fire Safety Devices for People with Hearing Loss

A fire can start anywhere, anytime. In fact, residential fires occur more frequently in the colder months. And according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, 51% of all house fire deaths occur from 11pm to 7am when most people are asleep. Because a majority of fire alarms are auditory, people with hearing loss are more susceptible to the dangers of house fires – especially in the nighttime.

Prepare yourself by learning about the variety of smoke alarms and fire safety devices available for people with hearing loss.

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Find Your Voice: Top Free Text-To-Speech Apps for Adults

Find Your Voice: Top Free Text-To-Speech Apps for Adults

Speech technology has rapidly improved since the start of the century. Speech technology is the assistive software that reads digital text aloud or transcribes speech into text. You’ve most likely ran across this sort of technology before; Siri, Alexa, and GPS voices are making text-to-speech & speech-to-text software mainstream. It is as reliable as ever. With so many apps to choose from, it can be overwhelming trying to find a perfect match.

Find your voice with our list of the top free text-to-speech apps for adults.

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New Innovations in Hearing-Assistive Devices

New Innovations in Hearing-Assistive Devices

HATs off to Hearing Assistive Technology! (See what we did there?) They’re the devices dedicated to helping you hear better – and communicate easier – no matter where you are. And thanks to ever-evolving smartphone technology, they’re doing it with even more precision, sophistication and convenience than ever before.

Read on to learn more about the newest innovations in hearing-assistive devices and what they can do for you.

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“Tap to Alexa” – Smart Speakers Evolving for Hearing Loss

“Tap to Alexa” – Smart Speakers Evolving for Hearing Loss

We are living in the golden age of assistive devices. It seems like every day comes with new and exciting advancements that further promote accessibility and empower individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind and/or speech disabled. Alexa is Amazon’s personal assistant program. Alexa, and similar personal assistants such as Google Home and Apple’s Siri, perform actions and scour the web for information based off of voice commands. One of the most recent advancements in accessibility is a new feature for Amazon’s Echo smart speakers called “Tap to Alexa.”

Read on to learn more about the latest advancement in smart speaker accessibility.

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