Personal FM system - This is a system that helps reduce background noise. The speaker wears a compact transmitter and microphone, while the consumer uses a portable receiver and earphones that attach to hearing aids, headphones or custom earmolds.

Group FM System. –This is used with a hearing aid or other ALD in a group, large room or auditorium setting where using only a hearing aid may be difficult. The message is broadcast directly from the microphone that the speaker is wearing to the consumer and this helps eliminate background noise.

Infrared and/ Loop Systems – These devices use an infrared or loop system to assist deaf or hard of hearing people hear sounds more clearly by reducing or cutting out background noise. If the equipment is available, these systems can be used to assist deaf or hard of hearing people hear better during meetings that occur in an office or conference room. The system can also be used to pick up sound from televisions, or radios. In a theatre, a loop can help a person hear sounds from a play or movie more clearly.

Closed Captioning – This is used for D/deaf and hard of hearing individuals who can’t hear the television but can read the words across the bottom of the screen much like subtitles in a foreign film.

TTY/TDD (teletypewriter or telecommunication device for the Deaf) – This device allows a D/deaf or hard of hearing person to make a telephone call directly to another person with the same type of device.

Amplified Phones – These phones have a volume control on the receiver and increase the volume of the phone so the person can hear more clearly.

CART (Computer Aided Real-Time Transcription) – A trained court reporter using a stenotype machine, computer, and real-time translation software to create the text with a delay of less than one second to provide this service. This is unlike real-time captioning (text over pictures) as it only produces text that is displayed on a monitor.


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