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Cell Phones: Not Just for Texting! (Adults, Teens, Parents, Professionals)

Course: #1629Level: Intermediate1 Hour 278 Reviews

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.


Course created on December 7, 2012

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Learning Outcomes

  • checkmarkAttendees will be able to compare various methods of linkage between the telephone and the personal hearing technology.
  • checkmarkAttendees 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.
  • checkmarkAttendees 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.


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