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Holidays with the Hard of Hearing: 3 Communication Tips

Holidays with the Hard of Hearing: 3 Communication Tips

The holidays are a great time to celebrate with friends and family. There’s plenty of joy to spread, food to eat and games to play. During this time of year, everyone deserves to be in on the fun. But those with hearing loss may be subject to seclusion during this festive time. This year has been isolating – don’t let “the most wonderful time of the year” be isolating, too. That’s why we came up with this list to help ensure the holidays are jolly for everyone.   

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Stay Connected with CapTel

Stay Connected with CapTel

Effective communication can strengthen family bonds, rekindle old friendships and build trust. Without the right tools, though, communication can be hindered. If you or someone you love has difficulty hearing on the phone, Relay South Dakota can help. CapTel phones allow users the ability to listen and read captions of everything spoken during telephone conversations.

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How to Be an Ally for the Deaf Community

How to Be an Ally for the Deaf Community

Do you consider yourself a Deaf Ally? There are many different definitions of an ally, just like there are many ways to help promote equality. For this discussion, the most important definition of an ally is someone who is united with the deaf community to promote equality. Being an ally means so much more than simple consideration for the deaf community. Action and accountability are key to help facilitate support.

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Tips for Improving the Classroom Experience for Hard of Hearing Students

Tips for Improving the Classroom Experience for Hard of Hearing Students

This has already been a tough year for students and teachers, but as school doors open this fall and winter, they may experience more challenges than ever before. This is surely true for students with hearing loss… and for teachers that are new to accommodating these students. Teachers of course embrace the responsibility to teach every single student in the classroom. While students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may require accommodations to learn effectively, it’s up to the instructors and teachers to ensure proper schooling.

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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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Top Universities for Deaf Students

Top Universities for Deaf Students

When it comes to catering to the needs of deaf and hard of hearing students, most colleges and universities leave much to be desired. That’s why, for hard of hearing high schoolers, finding a college with systems in place to properly help them reach their educational goals can be a real challenge. Finding a sense of community is vitally important to the college experience. If you or someone you love is ready to take the next step in higher education, don’t settle! Take the time to find a school that meets ALL of your needs—both academic and social.

Check out these top 5 universities for deaf and hard of hearing students:

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5 Tips for Dating A Deaf Person

5 Tips for Dating A Deaf Person

Relationships are all about communication. So, what happens when you and your date communicate differently? In most cases, a few simple considerations are all you need to bridge any gap in understanding, which is why we’ve put together a few simple tips to help you prepare for your first date with a deaf or hard of hearing person.

Check out these quick tips for navigating dating and deafness.

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Sign Language Around the World

Sign Language Around the World

Outside of the deaf and hard of hearing community, few people realize just how many types of sign language exist around the world. While the exact number of unique sign languages remains unknown, there are hundreds of distinct languages used by deaf and hard of hearing individuals the world over.

There are far more types of sign language than we could ever include in a single blog post, but read on to learn about some of the most common types of sign language in the world today. 

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