About Deaf Services & Facilities If you have a deaf or severely hearing impaired loved one, you may want to consider taking them to a facility that can offer them the assistance and services they need.
These hearing impaired facilities can teach your loved one how to function in a world that is so heavily reliant on audible communication. It can be hard to understand how challenging it may be for your loved one to complete simple tasks, but they may find it hard to interpret what you say, and they are unable to call for help on the phone in an emergency. These facilities offer 24 hour care for their patients.
Most states have a Deaf Services Bureau or Commission for the Hard of Hearing, which provides sign language training programs, references for home aids, and other free services for hearing impaired adults and children. These centers can help your loved one develop communication skills, and can also teach you how to best communicate with your loved one.
These facilities can also teach you about new online relay services. Relay services use the Internet to send messages with text that a hearing impaired person can read. Some offer video chat with closed captions and instant message-based cell phones.
If you are considering any of these services, visit your local center for hearing impaired services and find out what they can do for you. You may be surprised to find what resources they have for you, and you will feel better knowing you have done everything you can for your loved one.