Many adults with progressive hearing loss have not used a voice telephone in a long time and may become accustomed to using captions for phone usage. Teenagers—whether or not they have a hearing loss—use text messaging as their primary method of exchanging information with friends and family members. This course will provide a hands-on review of wireless telephones from the perspective of usability by the hearing impaired listener. We will address telecommunications technology, legal requirements for access features and labeling, and linkage between the personal hearing technology and the phone. Among the specific topics to be discussed and demonstrated are telecoils, use of peripherals such as Bluetooth, building confidence and practice strategies. Although the emphasis will be on cochlear implant compatibility, much of the information will be equally relevant to hearing aid and Baha users.
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Course created on December 7, 2012
- Attendees will be able to compare various methods of linkage between the telephone and the personal hearing technology.
- Attendees will be able to list legal requirements for telecommunications access as provided under Federal laws and then be able to apply this knowledge during the telephone selection process.
- Attendees will be able to suggest the use of various settings on the hearing technology that may improve the auditory signal for a cochlear implant, Baha or hearing aid user.
Donna L. Sorkin, MA
Vice President, Consumer Affairs at Cochlear Americas
Donna Sorkin, M.A. is Vice President, Consumer Affairs at Cochlear Americas. In that capacity, she leads a range of activities at Cochlear aimed at the broad life needs of people with hearing loss including Cochlear’s widely acclaimed HOPE program on (re)habilitation for children and adults and their families. Donna was executive director of Self Help for Hard of Hearing People (now Hearing Loss Association of America) and she also served as executive director of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. She was appointed by President Clinton to the U.S. Access Board in 1994 and served two terms. She served on the National Institute on Deafness (National Institutes of Health) Advisory Board and has advised numerous U.S. businesses on accessibility for people with disabilities. Donna currently serves on the Advisory Boards of Gallaudet University and Colorado Neurological Institute.
Senior Awareness Manager
Linda joined the Cochlear Americas staff as a Cochlear Awareness Network Manager in July 2006 and has worked in the disability field for more than 15 years. Prior to joining Cochlear she managed a national program to ensure that people with disabilities could have access to wireless technology. Linda was born with normal hearing and began losing her hearing in her mid 20s. By the age of 47, speech reading was her only means of communication and hearing aids were of little help. Linda received a cochlear implant in November 2005 with immediate results. Now a Senior Awareness Manager she is responsible for generating awareness about cochlear implants and building a network of recipients and parents of recipients who share their experience and serve as mentors for cochlear implant candidates in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest.
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