First Steps

Better Speech, Hearing, Technology and Treatment

Nearly 100 years ago, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) designated May as Better Speech and Hearing Month, which is fortunate because awareness of speech and hearing impairment didn’t always include the most sophisticated approaches to assistance. From gargling with a mouthful of pebbles and employing electroshock therapy to olive oil injections in the ears and […]

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Time Shaker 5Q Wow

If you or someone you know experiences hearing loss, traditional bed alarms may not work.  iLuv may offer a solution with their Time Shaker 5Q Wow.  If you’re unfamiliar with iLuv, they are the “premier provider of the most comprehensive line of alarm clocks, smart devices, and accessories for the mobile lifestyle and the smart […]

Relay Indiana's Community Outreach Director Greg Gantt

Relaying the Opportunity for Deaf Independence

From the telegraph to rotary phones to landlines, email and texting, our methods of communication have evolved a great deal over the decades. These changes have been vital for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Just ask Greg Gantt, who has experienced the impact of these technological advancements firsthand not only as a […]

UbiDuo device

Communicate Freely with UbiDuo 3

Enjoy face-to-face communication anywhere, anytime with UbiDuo 3. It is a great accommodation for communicating with individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a communication barrier. UbiDuo 3 Offers Barrier-Free Communication UbiDuo 3 is the newest model of this speech generating device. Weighing 3.5 lbs. less than previous models, this device is easy […]

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Snapchat releases new ASL Lens

There are approximately 48 million individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing in the United States. If you’re looking to practice American Sign Language (ASL), there’s now a Snapchat lens for that! The new ASL Alphabet Lens teaches users how to fingerspell their name and practice the ASL alphabet. Users can also play games […]

Second-Gen Echo Show Offers More Accessibility

Amazon’s Echo Show is a smart speaker designed around Amazon’s virtual assistant, Alexa. There’s also a smart display with a high-definition screen and stereo sound. The second-generation Echo Show 8 offers a higher-resolution camera than the previous model. It is equipped with a 13MP (megapixel) camera with auto-framing — which is a jump from the […]