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Prince Philip’s new mobile – with a ringtone as loud as a drill!

January 27, 2015 in Community News, Technology

 

 

  • Duke of Edinburgh starts using phone designed for hard of hearing
  • The amplicomms M8000 mobile is up to 80 times louder than normal 
  • The handset also features a larger keypad and an SOS emergency button
  • The company, Hearing Direct, received a thank-you call from the Palace 

THE DAILY MAIL , UK
By REBECCA ENGLISH FOR
January 16 2015 | UPDATED: January  19 2015

He only bedgrudgingly started to wear a hearing aid in public a few months ago.But Prince Philip is already making adjustments for it in other areas of his life.The 93-year-old royal has just started using a special mobile phone especially designed for people suffering from hearing loss, it can be revealed.

Most high street phones are not compatible for people wearing aids because of the levels of interfearence. And while Philip’s new amplicomms M8000 is short on smart phone-style gimmicks, it can be up to 80 times louder than regular mobiles.

It also has a powerful vibrating alert – and a ringtone that can sound as loud as a road drill.

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Smartphone Demonstration and Showcase at Gallaudet

May 29, 2014 in Technology

 

 

Hosted by the Wireless RERC and AT&T

No cost to attend – All are welcome – Soft drinks & snacks served

SMARTPHONE DEMONSTRATION

Introduction to the accessibility features found on the latest versions of the most popular smartphones:

  • iPhone
  • Android phones

DEVICE SHOWCASE

  • Try out some of the latest smartphones, “phablets” (big smartphones), and tablets during our device showcase.
  • Experts on hand to assist with accessibility issues with your device.

Call or email Ben Lippincott for more information and to register:

ben@imtc.gatech.edu; 404-894-7034

Or register directly at: www.wirelessrerc.org/smartphone-events

When:     Thursday, June 12, 2014
Time:        1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Where:    Gallaudet University
Room – JSAC MPR

Project Endeavor Discounts on Captioned Telephone Extended to April 30

March 9, 2013 in Community News

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 30, 2013!

Project Endeavor

If you can’t quite hear everything on the telephone, the CapTel phone could be for you! For a limited time, qualified applicants can receive a discounted CapTel 840i phone thanks to CSD’s Federal Grant: Project Endeavor! Contact us at 800-233-9130 to find out if you qualify!

·  CapTel 840i (for individuals with high speed Internet) – Captioned Telephone that works with your current Internet service and landline telephone service. Act now and pay only $20 for the Captioned Telephone!

 

·  CapTel 840i + Sprint Cradle Point Internet Service, includes a 2 year service plan (for individuals without Internet service)
Internet service and the CapTel phone bundled together, for people who don’t already have Internet service. Act now and pay only $50 for everything!

TO APPLY – PLEASE CALL WCI AT 1-800-233-9130

TO LEARN MORE – www.captel.com/endeavor

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Distributed 2013 by Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons (NVRC), 3951 Pender Drive, Suite 130, Fairfax, VA 22030; www.nvrc.org; 703-352-9055 V, 703-352-9056 TTY, 703-352-9058 Fax. Items in this newsletter are provided for information purposes only; NVRC does not endorse products or services. This news service is free of charge, but donations are greatly appreciated.

More Participants Sought for Survey on Captioned Telephone Use

February 28, 2013 in Advocacy & Access, Captioning / Relay, Community Events, Community News

ADDITIONAL PARTICIPANTS WANTED FOR A BRIEF ONLINE SURVEY
ABOUT CAPTIONED TELEPHONE USE

An online survey is being conducted by the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Telecommunications Access at Gallaudet University to learn about the experiences of adults who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have hearing loss, and who use Captioned Telephone Services. The goal of the survey is to help inform the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) about the use of captioned telephones.

The RERC on Telecommunications Access at Gallaudet University would like to thank all the individuals who have already taken its Captioned Telephone Service Survey.  Your responses are very important and will be shared with the FCC once they are analyzed.  Anyone who has not yet taken the survey and meets the participation criteria is encouraged to do so.

The survey will remain open through Friday, March 8, 2013.
Individuals interested in participating:

1.    must be 18 years of age or older, and
2.    must be deaf, hard of hearing, or have a hearing loss.

The study takes approximately 10 minutes. You will be asked questions about your hearing loss, your hearing device use, the captioned telephone service and equipment you use for personal and work related calls, and your experience using this type of telephone and service.

If you would like to participate in this online survey, please go to http://tap.gallaudet.edu/CTSSurvey/

This study has been approved by the Gallaudet University Institutional Review Board.


Distributed 2013 by Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons (NVRC), 3951 Pender Drive, Suite 130, Fairfax, VA 22030; www.nvrc.org; 703-352-9055 V, 703-352-9056 TTY, 703-352-9058 Fax. Items in this newsletter are provided for information purposes only; NVRC does not endorse products or services. This news service is free of charge, but donations are greatly appreciated.

Help Us Help the FCC!

December 6, 2012 in NVRC Announcements

From the Hearing Loss Association of America


Wed, 12/05/2012

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is interested in gathering more information about hearing aid compatible (HAC) phones.

How difficult is it to find a HAC phone? Are you having trouble finding a phone that works with your telecoil? Those are the kinds of questions the FCC is asking. We’d like to help them find the answers.

If you have searched for and/or purchased a cell phone in 2012, please complete this quick survey.

TAKE SURVEY

But answer soon: We plan to close the survey December 19, 2012.

Thank you. Completing this survey helps us help the FCC!


Distributed 2012 by Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons (NVRC), 3951 Pender Drive, Suite 130, Fairfax, VA 22030; www.nvrc.org; 703-352-9055 V, 703-352-9056 TTY, 703-352-9058 Fax. Items in this newsletter are provided for information purposes only; NVRC does not endorse products or services. This news service is free of charge, but donations are greatly appreciated.

How to Safeguard Yourself Against Wireless Device Theft

November 21, 2012 in Community News, Technology

From the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

Background

The theft of wireless devices, particularly smartphones, is sharply on the rise across the country, according to many published reports. The high resale value of these high-tech phones has made them a prime target for robbers and the personal information contained on the device that could be used by identity thieves. Below are several steps that you can take to better protect yourself, your device, and the data it contains, along with instructions on what to do if your device is lost or stolen.   Read more . . . →

HLAA Exhibitor: Ultratec

June 30, 2011 in Education & Outreach

By Bonnie O’Leary  6/29/11

Many of us are familiar with or use Ultratec’s CapTel phone, and I have been fortunate to have used both the 800 and 800i models over time here at NVRC.  I spoke with CapTel Outreach Manager, John Kinstler, who wanted me to let readers know that they provide great customer service both in English and in Spanish.  All you have to do is push the blue Customer Service button on the phone. 

The CapTel technology is evolving all the time, and now in addition to landline service, CapTel is available on the web, computers, and mobile phones.  Services are provided by either Sprint Relay or Hamilton Relay.  You can find CapTel on Facebook and Twitter, too, and John asked me to mention that they were the top sponsors for the HLAA 2010 Walk4Hearing.

What is the main difference between the 800 and 800i model?  The CapTel 800 works with standard analog telephone line(s) or DSL with appropriate filter.  Because the captions are provided by a captioning service, the person calling you must first connect with that service by dialing a toll free 877 number.  The caller will then enter your phone number and press #, and the call will go through.  The CapTel 800i, on the other hand, works like a regular phone because it is connected to the internet, so the person calling you can just call your number directly.

There is more information about the phones and the CapTel service available at www.CapTel.com, or you can contact John Kinstler at john.kinstler@CapTel.com.

HLAA Exhibitor: Hamilton CapTel

June 30, 2011 in Education & Outreach

By Marla Dougherty  6/27/11

 If you are familiar with the CapTel telephone, you know it is a free relay service that delivers real-time captions so you can read what the caller is saying.

You can also get the captions on your computer screen with Web CapTel. All you need is a high-speed internet connection and any available telephone. It is a convenient way to use the telephone at work or home.

At the HLAA convention, Hamilton CapTel presented their newest service, the Mobile CapTel which is available with compatible smartphones. After a one-time registration, you can easily download the free app to your smartphone. Stay connected while you are on the move using the speaker phone and reading captions or use a hands-free headset that works with hearing aid and cochlear implants. http://www.hamiltoncaptel.com

 

HLAA Exhibitor: SoundAid Hearing Aid Warranties

June 30, 2011 in Education & Outreach

By Marla Dougherty  6/27/11

Concerned about damaged or lost hearing aids, or the cost of repairs after the original warranty has expired?  SoundAid Hearing Aid Warranties offers three types of coverage and three rate schedules. If the hearing aid is lost, it will be replaced with the same make and model.  For repairs, the hearing aids are sent to their factory in Alabama via a shipping package SoundAid provides.

Visit their website at warranties@soundaid.com to see if there is coverage to meet your needs. HLAA members receive 10% off.

HLAA Exhibitor: Micropower Battery Company

June 30, 2011 in Education & Outreach

 By Marla Dougherty  6/27/11

Another new exhibitor to the HLAA Convention this year was the Micropower Battery Company. Each convention bag had a gift card for a trial pack of batteries, so visiting their table was first on my list! 

Micropower Battery Company is a wholesale, direct to customer distributer and retailer that represents 9 battery manufacturers. Online sales at Microbattery.com can save up to 1/3-1/2 off store purchased batteries. There is a lower price for specialized batteries when you purchase large quantities. Other small batteries such as watch and camera batteries are sold by Micropower too. http://www.microbattery.com/

HLAA Exhibitor: Sonus

June 30, 2011 in Education & Outreach

By Marla Dougherty  6/23/11

 Franchise-owned Sonus has three locations in the Northern Virginia area and I spoke with Sandy Romano from the Arlington Sonus. Sandy explained that Sonus has a patient-centered approach and fits the hearing aid that is appropriate. If the customer is not satisfied, they will receive 100% money back.

The Sonus Hearing Care Professionals offer a 75 day trial period on hearing aids from Phonak, ReSound and Siemens. The top of the line models have a three year warranty and Sonus supplies batteries for all three years.  On the Sonus website you can enter your zip code to find a Sonus in your state. http://www.sonus.com

HLAA Exhibitor: Starkey Laboratories

June 30, 2011 in Education & Outreach

By Marla Dougherty  6/23/11

I stopped by the Starkey booth and spoke with Jason Horowitz to see what was new with this 44 year old company. Jason was eager to tell me about the Wi series and new Sound Lens, the latest in invisible hearing aids.

Wi Series: This Receiver-In-Canal hearing aid is designed to give improved sound clarity even in noisy situations. What I found interesting about the product is that it can wirelessly stream stereo, TV and computer directly to the hearing aid without any relay device worn around the neck. It does so by using a new wireless integrated circuit platform, which Jason explained was better than BlueTooth technology and about three times faster.
 
Sound Lens: This is Starkey’s new hearing aid that sits inside the second bend of the ear canal. Depending on the user’s ear anatomy, it won’t be visible. Unlike the Lyric, the digital Sound Lens can be removed daily and allows the user to change the battery. Memory and volume adjustments can be made remotely using any touch tone phone.