Relay Utah is a state program managed by the Public Service Commission that was created to help provide the hard of hearing and deaf in Utah, with hearing assistive phones. This includes technology for cell phones that will help them better communicate and regain their independence.
Utah is home to more than 290,000 individuals that are hard of hearing or deaf. That’s about 1 in 10 people who have some level of hearing loss.
One thing we don’t think about with hearing loss is the isolation from friends, family and loss of independence of calling to make a dinner reservation, doctor appointment or order a pizza. Relay Utah provides hearing assistive phones to help the hard of hearing communicate and regain this independence and connection.
One of Relay Utah’s newest phones is an amplified phone that is the first of its kind. It is able to slow down live speech.
Another feature of the amplified phones is that they don’t just make things louder. Louder isn’t always the problem. The phones have tone control that allows you to adjust how the caller’s tone of voice sounds. You can easily adjust the high tones and low tones making it easier to understand the caller. It also has a flasher so you can see and hear the phone ring. It offers a loud and clear speakerphone with a large, high contrast keypad that is easy to see and press.
Relay Utah has many other options for people to try. They have a demo center in Salt Lake City where you can come and meet with a specialist. You can try the different type of phones to find the one that works best for your hearing needs.
The demo center is open by appointment Monday-Friday. It’s located at 168 N. 1950 W. Ste. 103 in Salt Lake City. Call 801-715-3470 to schedule your appointment.
Relay Utah is free service. Hearing assistive phones are provided to any hard of hearing or deaf Utahn with qualifying income. Most people who already qualify for public assistance programs are eligible. All the qualification information is on RelayUtah.gov.
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