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4 Ways Assistive Technology is Changing in 2017

4 Ways Assistive Technology is Changing in 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.

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Communicating on the Go: 5 Mobile Apps for the Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing

Communicating on the Go: 5 Mobile Apps for the Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing

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.

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A History of Sign Language: Where It’s Been and What’s Coming

A History of Sign Language: Where It’s Been and What’s Coming

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.

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7 Examples of Assistive Technology for the Hard-of-Hearing

7 Examples of Assistive Technology for the Hard-of-Hearing

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.

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Understanding the Art of Lip Reading: 5 Things to Know

Understanding the Art of Lip Reading: 5 Things to Know

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.

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5 Common Mistakes Made When Communicating with the Hard of Hearing

5 Common Mistakes Made When Communicating with the Hard of Hearing

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.

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6 Facts About Sign Language You Didn’t Know

6 Facts About Sign Language You Didn’t Know

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.

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How to Improve Your Relationships Amid Hearing Loss

How to Improve Your Relationships Amid Hearing Loss

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.

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Winter 2017: Relay South Dakota Upcoming Events

Winter 2017: Relay South Dakota Upcoming Events

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.

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The Guide to Keeping Your Hearing Safe During Football Games

The Guide to Keeping Your Hearing Safe During Football Games

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.

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