Hearing Aid
Are you in need of hearing aids, but are finding the cost a bit out of reach? Have you tried to get a loan for hearing aids and found the interest rate to be in the teens? If you live in North Dakota, we may have a solution for you and just in time for…

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Image of person holding a cell phone with Live Transcribe app
If you are someone who is hard-of-hearing or is deaf and have found it difficult to communicate with those around you, you might be able to use one of the following three applications on your phone or tablet. Basically, the three applications below are ones that will produce speech to text on-the-go. For no cost…

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Picture of a gentleman using a wireless headphone system to listen to the tv
During these cold winter days it is nice to spend them indoors and watch a favorite TV episode, movie or series.  But what if you have a partial hearing loss or maybe your hearing aids just aren’t enough to hear the TV? Missing dialogue, muffled words, or straining to hear are the common complaints of…

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North Dakota's Dual Sensory Project Logo in print and Braille
Dual Sensory Project and iCanConnect: Resources for North Dakotans Who are Deaf-Blind This week’s blog is going to cover two programs in North Dakota which affect those with vision and hearing loss.  It seems to me that people with this dual sensory impairment or those working with this group often don’t realize that there is…

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Clarity Sempre Mini
As more and more people are moving from landline telephones to cellphones, we experience a subsequential increase in the question: “How can I make my cellphone louder?” Through this blog we will explore 3 different ways to make your cellphone louder. These devices will increase the volume of your cellphone without the use of hearing…

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Kemo and her dog
Watching someone get the gift of amplification after years of diminished hearing is a great part of our job here at ND Assistive. The usual playful banter of “Can you hear me now?” “YES!” is sweet music to our ears. Kemo, a Veteran and member of the Lakota Nation, lost a portion of her hearing…

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cartoon of rotary dial phone with a confused look on its face
Here at ND Assistive, we have administered the specialized phone program, the Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Service (TEDS), for the State of North Dakota since 2003.  Through the TEDS program, we are able to provide qualifying North Dakota residents who have a severe hearing, speech, physical, or vision impairment with free, specialized phone equipment. The range of…

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CapTel 2400i
In part five of our articles on Cheap or Free Cellphone Adaptations, we will discuss built-in hearing accessibility features for Apple iOS and Android devices as well as a free captioning app and real-time text for individuals with hearing loss or deafness. To access parts 1-4 of this series, click on the links at the…

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man in a wheelchair smiling
For people with disabilities in the areas of physical, speech, hearing, vision, or cognition, there are many free or low-cost assistive technology devices and adaptations for smartphones and basic cellphones.  Many times the people we work with already have these technologies in their possession, and they don’t even know it! Last week, for example, we met with a woman…

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About a month ago, I visited the ND Vision Services/School for the Blind and had wonderful conversations with some of the staff.  One of the fascinating things I learned was from Candy Lien, Braille instructor.  I learned that Dish Network has some great options for people with visual impairments and other disabilities.  Candy told me…

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