Webinar: Assistive Technology for Hearing Loss

Program Description

Pocket Talker - assistive technologyRecorded: January 20, 2022 – According to recent statistics from the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communications Disorders, approximately 38 million, or 15% of all Americans have some hearing loss and it is estimated nearly 29 million American could benefit from the use of hearing aids.

In this webinar, participants will learn about the variety of assistive technologies that support persons with hearing loss including hearing aids. Accessibility features, various assistive telecommunications devices and free support services will also be discussed.

Participants will learn about:

  • Various AT for people with hearing loss
  • Services from DRM Telecommunication Equipment Program (TEP) and Deaf-Blind Equipment Program
  • Equipment Demonstration/Loan options
  • Funding


  • Debra Bare-Rogers, TRS Outreach Advocate – At DRM, Debra provides outreach and training for Maine Relay Services. As a woman with adult-onset hearing loss, she shares her personal journey with other hard of hearing individuals, both as a certified Hearing Loss Peer Mentor and Region 1 Director in ALDA (Association of Late-Deafened Adults).
  • Lisa Penney, TEP Advocate – At DRM, Lisa coordinates the telecommunications equipment/hearing aid program. Lisa has worked in and been a part of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community all of her life.
  • Scott Murray, has been Maine’s Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution program coordinator since 2013, and has been working with Deaf-Blind people for over 20 years, as an SSP, sign language interpreter, braille tutor and note-taker.


Documents referenced during the webinar:

Speech-to-Text apps mentioned:

Other Resources:



Rev: 01/24/2022