Speech Banana on an Audiogram

Is That A Banana In Your Ear? Understanding Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is not the same for everybody. For individuals with any degree of hearing loss, it can be very difficult trying to explain their loss. Some find that their friends and family with “normal” hearing just don’t get what it’s like to have a hearing impairment. Enter the “Speech Banana”. A wonderful visual tool…
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Alarmy App with the Shake feature showing

Never Be Late With The Alarmy (Sleep If You Can) App!

Waking up is hard, and the coming winter months bring additional challenges to getting out of bed. We do not have the sun and chirping birds to naturally wake us up anymore. Plus the idea of getting out of a warm bed to meet cold air feels almost unbearable. For people with disabilities, the difficulties of getting…
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Ask My Buddy Logo with Teddy Bear

“Ask My Buddy,” A Friend In Time Of Need

For those of you with an Amazon Echo, Google Home, or Microsoft Cortana device, there is a new application that can help you in time of need. The application is called Ask My Buddy.  It is an alert system using only your voice.  It can be used to contact your close friends or family members when…
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Meeting The Need In SD

Dallas and Mary Dietrich turned their tragedy into accessibility, for individuals with disabilities. In the winter of 1997, the Keystone, South Dakota couple was traveling with their son, daughter, and son-in-law on Interstate 90.  They were involved in an auto accident that killed the three children, cracked some of Mary’s ribs, and left Dallas with back and…
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Bob-Klade

Vision & Hearing Services In MN/ND Highlighted On PPT’s Compass!

On the July 20, 2017, episode of Pioneer Public TV’s, Compass, two informative segments were shown that focused on services for people with hearing and vision loss in ND and MN. “Compass is a weekly discussion of public policy and important issues facing local communities in Pioneer’s viewing area.” Many of our blog readers are in this area, so we thought…
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