See and hear: CapTel phones let you see what you can’t hear

Ideal for those who are hard of hearing or deaf, CapTel phones caption what the caller is saying. The phones work just like any other phone, only they have a display attached to them that reads what the caller says.

CapTel phone users can listen to the caller, and can also read the written captions in the CapTel’s bright display window.

How it Works

“You dial the other person’s number, exactly the same way as with any other telephone. While you dial, the CapTel phone automatically connects to the captioning service. When the other party answers, you hear everything they say, just like a traditional call. At the same time, the captioning service transcribes everything they say into captions, which appear on the CapTel display window. You hear what you can, and read what you need to.” –

Choosing a Phone

CapTel 840i

This phone is for users who have access to high-speed internet and telephone service.
•Captions can be turned on/off as needed
•Built in Answering Machine
•Extra large display screen
•Adjustable font sizes and colors including extra large font option
•Phone book stores frequently called numbers (95+ names)
•WiFi compatible

CapTel 800

This phone is for users who have standard analog phone lines.
•Captions are provided by a free service that connects to the call.
•Calls you make are automatically connected to the Captioning Service to provide captions.
•Incoming callers dial the service first, then enter your phone number in order for you to get captions.*
•Adjustable font sizes and colors
•Phone book to store frequently called numbers (95+ names)
•Easy access to voice mail and answering machine messages.
•Works just like a standard phone for people who do not need captions.

In many states, CapTel equipment is provided free or at a reduced rate to people with hearing loss. So the price for a CapTel Phone may vary from state to state. Check the specifics of Indiana, or your state, here. There is no cost for using the CapTel captioning service, it is provided free as part of your state’s relay service.

Learn more about how to find a CapTel equipment dealer here.

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