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Wednesday, November 04, 2015 - The Hearing Loss Community - The Hearing Loss Community

A hearing loss community brought to you by Phonak

 Real People. Real Stories. is an online community for people whose lives are affected by hearing loss. We bring together people from all around the world to share stories that inspire hope in almost any hearing loss situation.
Phonak created this site with a simple idea: Sharing our hearing loss stories with each other is a powerful thing. Together, we can learn to live with hearing loss more successfully and advocate in a more meaningful way.
Who Owns This Site?
The short answer is that if you’re a member of this community, you do.

If you’re asking who actually pays the bills to keep the lights on, the answer is Phonak. We’ve been creating systems to improve the quality of life for people with hearing loss for 60 years. If you wear hearing aids, have cochlear implants, or know someone that does, there’s a fairly good chance that they were designed by us or one of our sister companies.

We provide the funding for this site because we know that our products can only go so far in improving someone’s life. Education, peer-to-peer connections, and ongoing advocacy are what ultimately help people with hearing loss live fuller lives.

We’re excited about what this website can offer the deaf and hard of hearing community. We hope you’ll help us turn it into a valuable resource that provides its members inspiration and a voice.

To find out more about Phonak, you can visit our website here:

We’re excited about what this platform can offer the deaf and hard of hearing community. We hope you’ll help us turn this site into a valuable resource that provides others with inspiration and a voice.
Get in touch.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Adding wireless headphones to your HDTV

How to set up Wireless Headphones with the TV? - How-To’s

{q}With such a wide range of wireless headphones and accessories on the market at the moment, it doesn’t matter what TV you have; there will be a wireless headphone out there for your setup{{eq}

IMPORTANT: {q}If you want to receive audio via the headphones while at the same time hearing audio from the television speakers, connect the headphones to your Cable Box/Satellite Box rather than your television.

If you want to hear audio from a DVD player or similar device connected to your TV, connect the headphones to the audio out of your TV.

You may need to enable the speaker setting on your TV to hear both sources at the same time. Please refer to the operating instructions of the TV if additional assistance is needed. NOTES:

If connecting to a MONITOR OUT jack, you may have the ability to have the speakers of the TV on and also hear the audio from the wireless headphones or speakers. If connecting to an AUDIO OUT jack, it may be necessary to disable the internal speakers of the TV prior to using the wireless headphones or speakers. {EQ}

Monday, February 23, 2015

How to get started with Google headset

 [url=]How to get started with Cardboard, Google's DIY virtual reality headset[/url]

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Internet Protocol (IP) Captioned Telephone Service |

Internet Protocol (IP) Captioned Telephone Service |

Benefits of IP Captioned Telephone Service
IP CTS allows persons with hearing loss to take advantage of
advancements in communication technologies and Internet connections at
their residences and work places to more effectively use the telephone
in their jobs. In addition, with some forms of the service, captions can
be displayed on a screen in large text, using variable fonts and
colors, thus accommodating individuals with hearing
disabilities who also have low vision.

Temporary Requirements
To ensure that IP CTS is provided efficiently to persons who need to
use this service, the Commission recently established the following
requirements on a temporary basis:
  • IP CTS providers are prohibited from offering financial and other
    rewards to consumers, charitable organizations, and audiologists and
    other professionals for the referral and registration of new IP CTS
  • New IP CTS users must self-certify to the provider that (1) they
    have a hearing loss requiring use of the service to effectively
    communicate over the phone, (2) they understand that the captioning
    service is provided by a live CA, and (3) they understand that the cost
    of the IP CTS calls is funded by the TRS Fund. If the user obtains IP
    CTS equipment for free or for less than $75, s/he must also provide
    certification that s/he needs IP CTS to communicate effectively over the
    phone from a third party professional. However, individuals who spend
    $75 or more for their end user equipment need only provide
  • IP CTS phones must have as a default setting that the captions are
    turned off, so that consumers need to turn on the captions for each

Emergency Call Handling Procedures

The FCC has adopted procedures for IP captioned telephone services
(CTS) that require the provider, at minimum, to automatically and
immediately transfer an emergency call to the appropriate 911 call
center or ensure that appropriate personnel are notified of the
IP CTS providers must also: 1) prioritize emergency calls over
nonemergency calls; 2) communicate to the emergency personnel answering
the call the name of the TRS user, the location of the emergency, the
name of the provider, the CA’s call-back number, and the CA’s
identification number; and 3) re-establish contact between the caller
and emergency personnel if the call is disconnected.

 CapTel Captioned Telephone | Now you can read captions of everything your caller says


Weitbrecht Communications, Inc., Captioned Telephones | Hearing Loss, Hard of Hearing, Phone Captions, WiFi

CapTel 840i Captioned Telephone | Hearing Loss, Hard of Hearing, Phone Captions, WiFi
Hamilton CapTel Customer Care • 1006 12th Street • Aurora, NE 68818

Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS) is regulated and funded by the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC). Certification must be obtained through an independent third-party professional .
The independent third-party professional may be (but is not limited to) one of the following:

Speech Pathologist•
Hearing Instrument Specialist•
Doctor or Nurse•
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
Social Worker / Service Provider
Medical or Health Professional
Occupational Therapist

Certificate of Hearing Loss/Order Form 012114
The following are MANDATORY for use and operation of the Hamilton CapTel phone.
I understand the Hamilton CapTel 840i requires telephone service connectivity AND high-speed Internetconnectivity (wired or WiFi) to operate.
Yes, I have high-speed Internet and telephone service connectivity where the phone will be used.

Applicant’s First Name*
Middle Initial
Last Name*
Telephone Number*
(Only to be used for order confirmation)
Applicant’s Signature*
Applicant authorizes the below named professional to transmit this certification and the information contained herein to Hamilton CapTel.
I certify that this applicant has hearing loss that necessitates the use of Captioned Telephone Service to communicate in a manner that is functionally equivalent to telephone service experienced by individuals without hearing difficulties. I further certify that I have not been offered nor provided any direct or indirect incentive (financial or otherwise) tied to this consumer’s decision to use the service.
I further certify that no joint marketing arrangement exists between myself/my organization and Hamilton CapTel, and I have not made, nor do I have the opportunity to make a profit on the sale of IP CTS equipment to consumers.
Telephone Number*
all fields must be completed.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Used Hearing Aids - Buying and Selling Used Hearing Aids

Used Hearing Aids - Buying and Selling Used Hearing Aids: Can you legally sell a used hearing aid? Or conversely, can you buy a used hearing aid when you can not afford a new one? These questions are asked frequently by users just like you.
Selling Used Hearing Aids
In short, you can sell a used hearing aid, but it's not as simple as you may think.

Used or rebuilt (refurbished) hearing aids can be sold, but each aid must have packaging and a tag attached to the device itself that clearly declares the device as having been previously owned/used.

In addition, sales of used/rebuilt models are held to the same regulations as the sale of new aids. According to Title 21, Section 801.420: Hearing aid devices; professional and patient labeling of the Code of Federal Regulations, hearing aids can only be sold to those individuals who have first obtained a medical evaluation from a licensed physician. The FDA puts further requirements on this, stating that hearing aids can only be sold to people who have had a medical evaluation within the six months prior to the sale.