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Hearing impairments and deafness are two disabilities where assistive technology and accommodation can make an impact on learning potential. Some devices to assist with hearing are:

Assistive Listening Devices (ALD) come in several styles and options. One example is an FM system where the listener wears an amplified listening device that comes directly from a mobile microphone worn by the speaker.

Text Messaging occurs both through the computer and a smart phone. It allows the user to type what needs to be communicated to the person on the other end of the conversation. 

Sidekick is a common text-messaging device used by individuals who are deaf.  It works similar to a TTY on a smaller format and can take messages from other text machines. It is portable and a cell phone for deaf and hard of hearing.

Hearing aids come in different forms, including ear buds and behind the ear models. They simply amplify sound and can give distortion if not digitized.

Deaf and hard of hearing individuals rely upon various forms of technology every day. Here are some examples:

  • TTY
  • Text Pagers
  • Captioned Telephones (Captel Services)
  • Video Relay Service (VRS) 
  • Video Phone (VP)
  • Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS)
  • Voice Carry Over (VCO)
  • Amplified phone
  • Hearing Aids
  • Cochlear implants (CI)
  • FM system
  • Alarm Clocks with Bed shakers
  • Assistive Listening Devices (ALD)
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