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Brief summary of the adaptions available for mobile phones to enable them to be used more effectively by people with a hearing loss.

Brief summary of the adaptions available for mobile phones to enable them to be used more effectively by people with a hearing loss.

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    Mobile Phones for Hard of Hearing people Mobile Phones for Hard of Hearing people Presentation Transcript

    • Equipment for HoH People Mobile Phones
    • The Problems
      • Hearing a mobile phone ring can be difficult
      • Mobile phones often cause interference when held near a hearing aid (buzzing sound)
      • Hearing speech over a mobile phone can be difficult
    • Hearing a Mobile Phone Ring
      • Solutions:
      • Vibrating phone
      • Flashing indicator on phone
      • Additional gadget that flashes when phone rings – available as key ring / pen / mobile phone stand
    • http://www.cell-phone-accessories-4u.com
    • Interference
      • Place the mobile phone in your pocket and:
      • Use a neck-loop or ear-loop
        • Plugs directly into mobile phone
      • Use a Bluetooth neck-loop or ear-loop
        • Does not need to be plugged into mobile phone BUT phone must be Bluetooth enabled
      • Use a Bluetooth hearing-aid shoe
        • Hearing aid needs to be adapted
        • Not on NHS
    • Images from www.sarabec.com
    • Hearing Speech
      • Use an adapted mobile phone with louder than usual sound
      • Use the mobile phone on loud speaker
        • do not place near ear when doing this!
      • Use a neck-loop or ear-loop with the mobile phone for better sound quality and volume
    • Images from www.sarabec.com
    • Solutions for Severe Hearing Loss
      • Use SMS (text messaging)
        • Between mobile phones
        • Between mobile phone and home phone (landline)
      • Use Instant Messaging (IMS)
        • Real-time messaging – type on one phone and it appears immediately on other
    • Solutions for Severe Hearing Loss
      • Use IMS via Internet such as Skype, Facebook, Meebo
        • Requires an Internet enabled phone or Smartphone
      • Use TextRelay service as a translator service
        • Special mobile phone needed for this OR
        • Use RNID TalkByText Web Edition – needs Internet access on mobile phone
    • Further Information
      • General sources for mobile phones, neck-loops & ear-loops:
        • www.sarabec.com
        • www.connevans.com
        • www.rnid.org.uk/shop
      • Doro Mobile phones: www.sarabec.com
      • Meebo: www.meebo.com
      • TextRelay service: www.textrelay.org