My mother, Gloria Newberger, experienced profound hearing loss. She was able to get a free captioned phone and it made a world of difference.

When speaking to her you had to wait after stating each sentence for her to read it, but it was a vast improvement over her saying ”what” all the time.

Ironically, when she finally did get hearing aids, she still read the captions and the delay continued. Sometimes, she would read my sentences and they were hysterically funny because they resembled what I said but did not repeat the conversation accurately.

That’s why when I saw this article in Today’s Caregiver, I needed to share it.

Many caregivers are caring for loved ones who have developed hearing loss over the years. Seniors often have trouble understanding others speaking to them over the telephone. Increasingly, they “pretend” to understand what is being said, ask the person to “speak up” or request the information be repeated over and over.  They can find it increasingly difficult to understand instructions or directions, recognize confirmation numbers for products or services, and most important, communicate with emergency operators when necessary.

Today, new more accessible telephone products and services, including hearing aid compatible phones, are becoming more widely available. Today’s devices offer consumers a choice of language.

How Captioned Telephones Work

Captioned telephones are is similar to captioned television, where spoken words appear as written text for viewers to read. The captioned telephone looks and works like any traditional phone, with callers talking and listening to each other, but with one significant difference: written captions are quickly delivered for every phone call. The captions are displayed on the phone’s built-in screen so the user can read the words while listening to the voice of the other party. If the captioned telephone user has difficulty hearing what the caller says or understanding the words, he or she can read the captions for clarification.

Captioned telephone phone users place a call in the same way as dialing a traditional phone. As they dial, the captioned telephone automatically connects to a captioning service. When the other party answers, the captioned telephone user hears everything that they say, just like a traditional call.

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