Archive for category Hearing Aids & other Techno Aids

Deaf, Hard of Hearing lobby for video…

“Video relay service would make life much easier for those who are deaf or hard of hearing”

By Jennifer Moreau,
Burnaby Now
October 17, 2012

For Burnaby resident Lisa Anderson-Kellett, communicating on the phone can be cumbersome. Like many people who are deaf or hard of hearing, Anderson-Kellett’s options are somewhat limited to relaying typed messages through an operator or using a TTY, a machine used to type messages to other TTY users. READ MORE ->

Decisions Endless When It’s Hard to Hear…

The Vancouver Sun
October 6, 2012

Abi Rezai is a stylish kind of guy who wouldn’t be shopping for hearing aids if they were still those bulky, putty-coloured jobs you can spot across a room. “I wouldn’t have them if it was like one of the big ones,” he said while being fitted for a second, tiny behind-the ear hearing aid that all but disappears under his hair. READ MORE ->

Hearing Aid Subsidies in Canada

document iconWith the recent recession, people with hearing disabilities are looking for sources of funding to cover the cost of the hearing aids. Canadian Hard of Hearing Association – National Office have produced this document called “Canadian Hearing Aid Subsides.” It outlines the programs available for assistance from each province and territory.

From an updated version for British Columbia, have a look on page 9 for available funding sources (which there is not much unfortunately!). Click this document in PDF Format!

Visual Voice Message (Voice to Text Messaging)

By Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Staff

There is a new service being provided by Telus (and perhaps other carriers). It is called Visual Voice Mail.

Telus describes it as:

“Don’t worry about missing important messages when you are unable to answer your phone. With TELUS Visual Voice Mail, there’s no need to dial in to pick up your messages, you just read them on screen.

Read it instead of listening to it

Visual Voice Mail converts your voice mail messages to text and delivers them straight to you as SMS or email within minutes. The converted message will include the phone number of the caller embedded in the text.

Keep record of your voice mail.

You can view all of your messages in one convenient inbox and have a visual record of who called and what they said. ”

Telus provides this service for a monthly fee of $7.50. However it is currently being offered for a free 30 day trial.

This is the link to the information.

or you can call: 1 800 316 0979 or Visit your nearest store

Comments from WIDHH staff using this service already:

“It works well except if a person does not speak clearly when they leave a msg, a word will either be skipped or spelled phonetically. Also, if the voice message is long, it will cut out some of the mssage and leave a request for you to call and listen to the rest of the message.”

If you are using this system – we would like to hear how it is working for you. If there are tips on using the system effectively – we’d like to hear about that as well.

Reprinted from WIDHH’s Blog –