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TED Talks with Subtitles…and more captioning news

TED Talks are now available with subtitles using an app called TEDiSub for the iPhone and iPad. TediSub2

More captioning news:  Mark Rejhon posted some very helpful information about services, devices, and apps that support closed captions.  This list is about a year old, so while all the information is accurate, there are more devices not included on this list.  I will post updates when available.


And remember, you can find captioned movies in your area at www.captionfish.com.  Just type in your zip code and Captionfish will bring up the theaters, showtimes, as well as a list of captioned trailers.  You can even “follow” @CCTrailers on Twitter!


Help! I’m going to the hospital!

Going to the hospital is scary for anyone, but especially for a person who is deaf or hard of hearing.  You can prepare yourself by buying or assembling a “Hospital Kit” to take with you.  There are several HLAA chapters that sell Hospital Kits and I recently purchased a very nice one from the Utah State Division of Services to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. (DSDHH)

The Utah DSDHH makes two kits, one for hard of hearing and one for Deaf patients.   Below are just some of the items included.  They sell for only $5.00 so it is well worth it, but if you’d like to create your own, it would be easy to do.

Some important elements of a hospital kit are:

1.  A bag or container to store your hearing aids or cochlear implant.


2.  A large sign to hang above your bed to let people know you are deaf or hard of hearing.

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3.  Stickers and signs with the international symbol of access for hearing loss.
This symbol is available on the  Center for Hearing Loss Help website to download and print.


Stickers can be purchased from HLAA in various sizes.  Great for sticking on medical charts and on your call button at the nurse’s station so the nurse will (hopefully!) remember to come into the room to answer your call.


4.  A visual aid to communicate your level of pain.


5.  A special needs card.


6.  A small white board or a large writing tablet and pen.

7.  Assisted listening device – if you have a Personal Amplifiers or FM Listening system, be sure to bring them.  They can be especially useful if you have removed your hearing aids.

Hospitals should have these and more accommodations available to you, but sadly they often do not.  Please share your experiences with hospital stays.  Were you provided with accommodations or did you have to fend for yourself?  Were assisted listening devices available?  Do you have other suggestions for accommodations during a hospital stay?  Let us know!