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Additional Hearing Resources

Below is a list of educational, recreational, and cultural enrichment programs that are committed to helping meet community needs and provide opportunities for the hearing impaired. This list is provided for informational purposes only. We do not endorse any particular program or organization. If we have missed anyone, please do let us know!

Hearing Speech & Deafness Center

Hearing Aid Scholarship (Preowned Hearing Aid Program): includes donated hearing aid, hearing aid and earmold fitting appointment and 3 follow-up adjustment appointments. Payment for the above must be received in full prior to the hearing aid fitting appointment. Please schedule a hearing aid evaluation with HSDC indicating interest in the preowned hearing aid program for more information and updated costs.

Client responsibilities:

  • Cost of comprehensive hearing test or insurance co-pay
  • A fitting fee for hearing aids and earmolds
  • Hearing aid repair costs as necessary

You will need to maintain attendance as outlined in your enrollment forms. Failure to meet attendance guidelines for any reason may result in loss of your scholarship. Please contact HSDC for further details.

Website: http://hsdc.org

Offices in Seattle, Tacoma & Bellingham:

HSDC Seattle
Artz Communication Center
1625 19th Avenue Seattle, WA 98122
Phone: (206) 323-5770
Toll-Free: 1-888-222-5036
Videophone: 206-452-7953
HSDC South Sound
621 Tacoma Avenue South
Suite 505
Tacoma, WA 98402
Phone: (253) 475-0782
Toll-Free: 1-866-421-5560
Videophone: 253-292-2209
HSDC North Sound
Crown Plaza Building
114 West Magnolia St, Suite 106
Bellingham, WA 98225
Phone: (360) 647-0910
Toll-Free: 1-866-647-0910
Videophone: 360-255-7166

Office of Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services
ODHH serves the needs of deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind, speech disabled and hearing people throughout the State of Washington.

  • Telecommunications Equipment Distribution
    amplified phones, TTYs, captioned phones & other communications devices available to individuals with hearing loss – (CAPTEL) free and/or low cost on a sliding scale.

Voice/TTY: 1-800-422-7930
Email: odhh@dshs.wa.gov
Website: http://www.dshs.wa.gov/odhh/Telecommunications/TED/Default.shtml

Washington Relay
Washington Relay is a free service provided through Office of Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services that allows hearing callers to communicate with text-telephone (TTY) users and vice versa through specially trained relay operators. Anyone wishing to use Washington Relay simply dials 711 to connect with a relay operator. The relay operator will dial the requested number and relay the conversation between the two callers.
Website: http://www.washingtonrelay.com/

TTY Software

You can find free TTY software on the web by searching for “TTY software” including for example: http://www.nextalk.net. This software allows you to use your computer as a TTY.


Websites/Organizations

Online Catalogues

You can find many helpful assistive devices from online catalogues including, for example, HearMore at http://www.hearmore.com/store/default.asp and Harris Communications at http://www.harriscomm.com/index.php/.


Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
An international organization with information on hearing loss, hearing aids, and cochlear implants.
Voice: 202-337-5220
TTY: 202-337-5221
Website: http://listeningandspokenlanguage.org/
AARP Consumer Guide to Hearing Aids
Excellent and easy to read introduction to hearing loss, hearing aids and recommendations for process in selecting and using hearing aids to ensure a good outcome.
Website: http://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-05-2011/buying-hearing-aids.html
American Speech Language Hearing Association
National professional organization for speech, language and hearing professionals. Excellent and accessible information about hearing, hearing loss and hearing loss treatment. Search for licensed audiologists based on your location, user’s age and conditions.
Website: http://www.asha.org/public/hearing/
Better Hearing Institute
A Washington D.C. nonprofit established to educate the public about hearing loss with many excellent research articles and consumer publications on hearing loss, technology, the impact of hearing loss and other hearing related issues plus a call center for inquiries about hearing loss. Call 1-800-EAR-WELL.

Website: http://www.betterhearing.org/hearingpedia/hearing-aid-compatible-cell-phones

Consumer Reports: Hearing Aid Buying Guide
Information on hearing loss and tips on choosing hearing aids, hearing professionals, consumer rights and expectations. Some materials available only via subscription.
Website: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/hearing-aids/buying-guide.htm
Deafnation
The international leader in video content, news coverage, social networking and special events for the greater deaf and hard-of-hearing community. DeafNation.com is an exclusive social network offering resources for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.
Website: http://deafnation.com/
Hearing Loss Association
Consumer advocacy, information and tips on purchasing hearing aids, cochlear implants and other assistive technology fro hearing loss. Updates and webinars on latest and greatest in technologies.
Website: http://www.hearingloss.org/
Hearing Loss Association of Washington
Tips & advice on selecting audiologists & hearing aid vendors; information about selecting and using hearing aids. Local resources & events throughout Washington State related to hearing loss and assistive technology. Chapters throughout state.
Voice: 206-817-3213 (Bothell)
360-871-0997 (Kitsap County)
Website: http://hearingloss-wa.org/
Washington State Association of the Deaf
Statewide organization with mission of promoting, protecting and preserving rights and quality of life of deaf and hard of hearing individuals in Washington state. Newsletter, annual conference & other events.
Email: info@wsad.org
Website: http://wsad.org/
Washington State Deaf-Blind Citizens
Statewide organization to encourage fellowship and to promote civil rights, educational, economic, and social welfare for deaf-blind individuals.
Website: http://www.wsdbc.org/index.html

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