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The term Assistive Technology (AT) is used herein in a broad sense and includes devices, software applications, services and the encoding method used to transfer information to the device, or between devices. There are many different combinations of AT that can benefit the deaf and the aim of this site is to gather information and user comments about them.   

At the outset it must be stated that nothing contained in this blog is intended to replace medical and audiological assessment and any resulting advice, treatment or prescribed hearing aids of any kind, that might be recommended. For this reason assessment of primary types of hearing aids is generally not included. However, some of the inbuilt features and accessories that hearing aid manufacture’s offer can be considered as AT and thus fall within the discussion parameters of this site. 

Without excluding any particular deafness classification most of the AT included herein will be mainly applicable to the deaf, i.e., post-lingual deafened people and overall, relevant to older children and adults. Furthermore, because deafness varies enormously in it type, severity and the age of onset there will be significant differences between what AT’s are applicable to whom.

While medical and audiologist have their role, many deaf people gain invaluable experience in using assistive devices to improve their hearing in specific situations. For example, when using the telephone, watching TV, listening to the music/radio and of course dealing with the ubiquitous problem of hearing in noise deaf people face challenging situations and often adopt their own effective ways of using AT to help them hear, or at least to get some understand what is being communicated or broadcasted.

So,this is what the site is about; a collection of information about AT for the deaf and mainly provided by the deaf. Hopefully over time and with the input from others the site will provide a useful resource for information that will assists us, the deaf, to participate better in the hearing world.

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