Currently, there are a many, many gadgets and devices readily available for the buying public to communicate with deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. Assistech has gathered a comprehensive list of items and models with varying functions, but these gadgets to communicate with the deaf and hard-of-hearing can best be categorized into three sub-types.
Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf (TDD) – also popularly known as TTY, text telephone (common in Europe) or Minicom (United Kingdom) – is the common term for electronic devices for text communication through a telephone line. The typical devices out on the market are compact, and come with a standard keyboard and screen to display typed text properly. Most cellular phones these days are also equipped to function as TTY devices when needed.
The next common device type are Voice-Carry Over (VCO) Telephones, where deaf and hard-of-hearing persons who are able to speak can use their voice while receiving the messages from the other party via typed text. VCO devices and variations are available on our website.
Lastly, a more recent tool for communicating with the deaf are Captioned Telephones, which are getting quite popular on the market. Simply put, it is a phone that displays real-time captions of the current conversation with minimal delays. A lot of people are also preferring this method nowadays.
Find the communication device that best suits your needs through our roster of TTY, VCO, and Captioned Telephone units. Click here for more information.