I second Sprint IP.
Basically, it allows you to text message in real time with hearing people on the phone. Your messages will be relayed through a relay operator, and the hearing person's messages will be transcribed for you.
I would think the legislative sessions are required to be accessible for you. Could you get them to provide a note-taker for you, rather than the org you work for? The government is generally pretty progressive about providing accomodations.
The earmold style she has right now are domes with an RIC (Reciever in Canal)
Yes, the audiologist can make an earmold for those. They will take an impression of her ear at Costco and mail them off and a week or two later they will get the earmolds in. I think they are something like $80 a pair.
When you are 19 it's easy to feel like you are not worthy and will be rejected or not accepted. I remember having those feelings very strongly at that age (I am 35 now) but you are describing exactly how I felt at that age up until I was maybe 25 or so.
If I were able to go back in time and...
I wonder if you can contact someone at the FCC about this.
Here is their info: https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/ip-relay-service
Hearing people are able to get seperate work and home phone numbers.
If Deaf people cannot do the same thing, that's not providing equal access.
My hearing aids are purple and orange. So no embarassment here!
When I went to go for a CI eval recently the audiologist suggested I get beige aids with brown coils so they would be less noticable.
LOL! That's the LAST color combo I would pick.
Except that a lot of Deaf kids who have no access to spoken language or signed language and learn written English only end up language deprived and aren't fluent in ANY language: written, spoken or signed.
So actually, no.
Also, SEE and PSE aren't languages.
Not to mention there are countless studies on the benefits of bilingualism.
So why is it that being bilingual is such a benefit to the minds of hearing people but not to Deaf people? Are our brains really that different?
ASL isn't a crutch that inhibits the hearing world's...
I don't have a CI (getting one at the end of this month)
I have musical tinnitus! It sounds like wind chimes. I also have the regular kind of tinnitus and exploding head syndrome.
I actually like the wind chime sound. I don't like the other ones.