There are nearly 23 million veterans, according to the 2010 National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics. While hearing loss is one of the prevalent challenges aging vets have to deal with today, in 2010, only 687,000 veterans received audiology services through the VA for their hearing loss.
Difficulty hearing on the telephone is usually one of the first challenges associated with hearing loss. No one understands this better than Don, an 88-year-old veteran who served in Europe during WW II. Forty years ago, he began to lose his hearing because of the long-term effect of the explosions he witnessed during the war. “Losing my hearing just crept up on me,” he says.
Soon Don couldn’t use a handset phone because if he turned up the volume his hearing aids would squeal. Not long ago, while at the VA, Don discovered the CaptionCall phone. He had it installed and calls it “a blessing” because his two daughters live out of state. “CaptionCall has made it so I can carry on a phone conversation. Before CaptionCall, my daughter would say ‘Dad you didn’t hear me.’ With CaptionCall that has stopped. I don’t have to worry about hearing all of the words. I can read them. I don’t know what I’d do without it.”
CaptionCall empowers anyone with hearing loss to communicate confidently by telephone. CaptionCall uses voice recognition technology to quickly display written captions of what callers say on a large, easy-to-read screen. CaptionCall is easy to use, works just like a regular phone, and empowers you to read what your callers have to say – so you won’t miss a thing.
Now, veterans can get the CaptionCall phone, delivery, and installation assistance absolutely free. Plus, for individuals with hearing loss, the captioning service is always free as this program is funded and administered by the FCC. There are no out-of-pocket costs to you – ever! All you need is an internet connection and home phone line. (Hearing loss is required to participate in this program.)
To sign up for a free CaptionCall phone, visit www.CaptionCall.com/Veterans and click on the ORDER NOW button at the bottom of the page, or call toll free 1-877-557-2227 and reference promotion codes MSVETS to receive a free phone (limited time offer). Now you can use the phone again – with confidence.