If you or someone you know if hard of hearing, communicating with others
can be tough. But thanks to new technology, talking on the phone is much
easier than it used to be.
Emily Simmonds with Relay Utah shares details about specialized phones for
people hard of hearing.
The Relay Utah service was initiated in 1988 as one of the first Relay services
established in the United States.
Housed under the umbrella of the Public Service Commission, Relay Utah
provides access to hearing assistive equipment and telephone relay services,
through Hamilton Relay, to allow Utah citizens who are deaf, hard of hearing
or speech disabled more efficient communication.
More than 220,000 Utahns are either deaf or hard of hearing. Relay Utah
strives to make it possible for these individuals and those who have difficulty
with speech to independently communicate with each other and with the
hearing community. Over 35,000 calls are made through Relay Utah every
Individuals who use text telephones and desire to communicate in Spanish
can dial Relay Utah and inform the CA of their preferred message translation.
The CA will relay the conversation in the preferred translation, including
Spanish-to-Spanish, Spanish-to-English or English-to-Spanish.
To find out more, check out www.relayutah.gov or
you are interested in purchasing phones, you can contact the Sanderson
Community Center of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Taylorsville at