There are a number of telephone access solutions for individuals using cochlear implant and t-coil technology. Landline, portable, and cellular telephones can be accessed using a cochlear implant. The level of success one will have in communicating over the telephone will take practice and finding the right equipment. Technology is not a one-size-fits-all solution so when shopping for a phone, landline or celluar, try the equipment before you buy or make sure the product can be returned before you purchase it.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has mandated that phone manufacturers make a certain percentage of their cellular phones compatible with hearing devices. There a number of implant-compatible cellular phones and a variety of compatible accessories for hands-free cell phone use. Visit your local wireless provider to learn more about available products. The following resources sell products (cochlear cables, neckloops, headsets, adaptors, etc.) that can be used to access a telephone with a cochlear implant. Contact the resources to learn more about their products and services.
162. Cochlear FM Receiver
A radio-frequency receiver for cochlear implants.
163. Cold Resistant Gloves
Gloves that are insulated to protect from cold temperatures and supports handling cold objects safely.
164. College Entrance Exam Preparation
Colleges and universities sometimes require potential students to successfully complete a college entrance exam with a particular minimum score. At the undergraduate level, individuals applying for admission might be required to take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Testing (ACT) Exam.
165. Color Coded System
Using colored tabs, folders, sticky notes, and paper clips to organize files or other paperwork may be helpful. Different colors can be used to represent different types of documents, making it easier for an individual to find what he or she is looking for. Also, different colored tabs or markers could be used to denote the urgency of certain events on a wall calendar.
166. Color Contrast Overlays
The use of color contrast overlays may increase the legibility of a paper document, allowing the reader to more easily discern either printed images or words
167. Color Identification
Applications and devices for low-vision and color-blind individuals that can interpret and define colors of objects.
168. Color Vision Deficiency Information & Products
Color Vision Deficiency (CVD) is the inability to distinguish between some colors and shades. Most people with this condition can identify some colors. Few people are totally "color blind." Color filters, such as a special red contact lens worn on one eye or prescription glasses may be used to help some people with a color deficiency. In addition, talking products are available that will scan a color and announce a description of the color (originally designed for individuals who are blind).
169. Color-coded Manuals, Outlines, and Maps
Individuals with reading deficits may have difficulty reading manuals, outlines, or maps due to the complicated structure of the material and the size/type of font used in lettering. Color-coding this material can be helpful to people with learning disabilities. This accommodation improves efficiency, provides easy access to information, increases productivity, and makes information finding a simpler task. Ways to color-code include: highlighting, using a copy machine to copy information on to colored paper, using post-it notes and colored tabs.
170. Commission for the Blind