News Articles for Technology
Mobile Phone Accessibility Features
Technology impacts communities in different ways. For the deaf and hard-of-hearing community, assistive technology has made large leaps in recent years. Everything from digital assistants to live captioning has helped people who are deaf or hard of hearing communicate. Ever since mobile devices and internet-based technologies have become essential parts of our daily lives, accessibility has been a must. With technology improving by the day, there might be some applications that you should be aware of that slip through the cracks.Read more
Stay Connected at No-Cost: Relay Equipment Program
A mandated nationwide system of telecommunication relay service has assisted people who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech impairments ever since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 was established. Over the years, it’s helped families, friends, coworkers and acquaintances stay connected.Read more
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.Read more
Tech Tools for the Hard of Hearing
Assistive technology can improve people’s lives considerably. It promotes independence, productivity and inclusion to those who are deaf or hard of hearing. We live in a world that’s quickly evolving, and because of this, assistive technology is prime for innovation and production. Over 54 million Americans have a condition that requires some type of assistance throughout their day – so there’s plenty of need for assistive technology.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
“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.Read more
Best Phones and Apps for Hearing Loss
Over the last few decades, technology has advanced rapidly, making way for software and devices that are inexpensive, convenient and more helpful than ever before for hard of hearing individuals. In an effort to help you sort through the options out there today, we’ve put together a list of some of the best phones and apps available for individuals with hearing loss.
Read on to learn more about this lineup of helpful solutions for the hard of hearing.Read more