exploring the internet
On the Net
Exploring the possibilities of assistive listening devices through an Internet search produces some informative and some unusual sites to visit. One of my favorite starting points on this search was with a site described as Your Mining Co. Guide to Deafness. I never did find out the reason for the name but it proved to be a useftilsite nonetheless. You can find it @ http://www.deafness.tqn.com/msubald.htm
It's extensive links to other sites can give you a very quick route to almost anything you would want to research on this topic.
Depending on the level of your interest (and ability to reads mall print on-screen in the goverment site) three other sites provide good descriptions of assistive listening devices and where they fit into the spectrum of devices available to individuals with hearing problems.
A very accessible overview is available @
It is written by the Director of Gallaudet University's Assistive Device Center. Gallaudet University also hosts the National Information Center on Deafness with a web site @http://www.gallaudet.edu/~nicd/ with extensive resource mformation listings.
A detailed discussion of assistive listening devices is contained within the website maintained by the United States Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board @ http://www.faa.gov/arp/arphome/htm
Although the layout of the information is daunting, it is very complete, and an appendix contains listings of some Assistive Listening Systems-Demonstration Centers across the country.
Some of the most useful sites are maintained by companies who act as vendors for a range of assistive devices. The Weitbrecht Conununications site @
http://www.weilbrechtcom.com covers the range of non-hearing aid- hearing communication alternatives. Their product listings pages include pictures, capsule descriptions, and prices for a very broad selection of available assistive listening devices. The same is true for the site maintained by HITEC Group International @ http://wwww.hitec.com/nadc/indiv/index.html They sponsor a National Assistive Device Center and provide a direct link to the collaborating Hearing Assistance Resource Center.
If you do not find anything of interest in the pages I have described you still have several thousand more sites you can try. Again if you have found the sites listed here of value please let us know. Also if you would like to see, in future editions of Alive, listings of sites covering specific areas of assistive technology such as computer access, voice recognition, powered mobility, environmental control and access, etc., please tell us which areas you would like to see covered. 0
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Spring 1998 ALIVE