NOTE: since this blog post was published, the Serene HD-1000 Digital Voice Simulator has been discontinued by the manufacturer and is no longer available. Unfortunately, there is not comparable replacement at this time.
Based on a recent conversation someone at OTP had with a customer, I wanted to pass this idea along. Demonstrate the value of captioned telephone technology with very little effort. Connect a Hamilton CapTel 800i Captioned Telephone to a Serene HD-1000 Digital Voice Simulator; when patients pick up the receiver of the CapTel, they will hear a pre-recorded message generated by the HD-1000. By pressing any number on the CapTel phone pad, captioning will be activated, allowing patients to now see what the recorded message is saying on the CapTel screen. NOTE: the CapTel will require an internet connection. All of this without needing to explain how the telephone works. This experience is worth a thousand words!!!! For more ideas on how to effectively integrate ALDs into your clinical practice, check out the free-to-view webinar presented by A.U. Bankaitis from the E-Learning Library of Audiology Online (course #9606).