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Are you finding it more difficult to have a conversation on your cellphone because of hearing loss?

You are not alone.  About 20% of adults in the U.S. have some degree of hearing loss –  that’s 48 million people!  Most common causes of hearing loss are noise and aging.  As you age, changes in the inner ear cause a slow but steady hearing loss. The loss may be mild or severe, but it is always permanent. However, hearing loss is affecting many more before the age of 65.

Among post-9/11 veterans, 1.5 million have come home with hearing loss and tinnitus, or ringing in the ears.  The most-widespread injury for veterans has been hearing loss and other auditory complications, according to interviews and benefits data.
Source: http://backhome.news21.com/article/hearing/

In June  2013, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that, among 5.2 million pre-adolescents and teens, 12.5 percent  (and rising)  have sustained permanent noise-induced hearing damage.    Researchers hypothesize that this can be attributed to the access to portable media players and earbuds.

With hearing loss, it’s easy to understand the difficulty in using something as simple as a cellphone. Many people who are losing their hearing has had it happen so gradual that it is difficult to pinpoint the change in their hearing until they find themselves actually no longer using the phone because it becomes too  hard or embarrassing to ask people to repeat themselves. Hearing loss can isolate people.
However, InnoCaption’s  captioning app can reconnect those with hearing loss to the people in their world!

InnoCaption is Breaking the Sound Barrier

InnoCaption’s app for smartphones provides fast and accurate instantaneous captioning for the deaf and hard of hearing who want to use their own voice to talk, but need assistance hearing the other party.   There are no more delays in conversations because captioning is that instantaneous! InnoCaption empowers the user to make or
receive any phone call whenever and wherever they choose!

To be eligible for InnoCaption, you must have a hearing loss that makes it difficult to use a cellphone.  The InnoCaption app is FREE to those who need it and is paid for pursuant to a program through the Interstate Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) Fund.   A portion of all telephone bills is dedicated to services like this for people who have difficulty hearing.

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Hearing Loss Among Our Teens

It’s a simple statement to say that we live in a much louder world today, but with that come consequences that aren’t so simple. Hearing loss is affecting every generation, in fact, 1 in 5 Americans has hearing loss.

But did you know that 1 in 8 children and teens has permanent hearing loss due to high-volume sounds? Did you know that teen hearing loss has increased 30% in the last decade alone? According to the Journal of Pediatrics, 12.5 percent of kids between the ages of 6 and 19 suffer from loss of hearing as a result of using ear phones/buds turned to a high volume setting.

The high cost of technology. Portable music players have been around for decades, but the technology in MP3 players allows users to listen longer because music is so accessibly stored on their device and the ear buds deliver sound directly into the ear canal, eliminating other sounds.

Hearing loss can result from damage to structures and/or nerve fibers in the inner ear that respond to sound. This type of hearing loss, termed “noise-induced hearing loss,” is usually caused by exposure to excessively loud sounds and cannot be medically or surgically corrected. Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) can result from a one-time exposure to a very loud sound, blast, or impulse, or from listening to loud sounds over an extended period.

A half hour is all it takes … yet hearing loss lasts forever.  NIHL can be caused by prolonged exposure to over 85 dB; in just a half an hour of loud sounds can start to damage a person’s ears. When a teen listens to their MP3 player at 70% of its maximum volume, it is about 85dB!

What can be done?  Teach the teens in your life about hearing loss. Give them guidelines – no more than 60 percent of maximum volume for no more than an hour. Headphones are safer than ear buds. When mowing the lawn, use ear protection and when at concerts or a loud sporting event, make putting in foam ear plugs a popular trend. If you experience hearing loss, share your story with them…let them know what it is like to live with hearing loss.

Click here to watch a short video from Starkey Hearing Foundation and their Listen Carefully Campaign.

NIHL information gathered from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

InnoCaption’s Market Place

Check out our new online Market Place!  You will find in our Market Place a variety of products that will enhance your communication experience when using InnoCaption. While these products are optional and are not necessary to use the InnoCaption app, we realize that each individual has different hearing loss levels and needs. The products we will be offering are assistive devices to aid in your hearing and using the cell phone.

Our first product being offered is the iClooly Phonestand Plus for
InnoCaption
. This product allows you to use InnoCaption from your home or work as a desk phone as well as when you are out and about. Your cell phone essentially becomes a phone that you can use at home with the InnoCaption App. It comes with a handset so that you can answer your phone as you would any other landline. No longer do you need multiple devices to communicate to friends and family and to connect to your world.

Click here to be taken to the Market Place.  More products coming soon!

InnoCaption Voicemail

You don’t have to wait a minute more!

We are very excited to announce that InnoCaption is the first captioning service for your smartphone that has captioned voicemail. Just think, you never have to miss a phone call again!

With InnoCaption voicemail, those calling your InnoCaption number can now leave you a message! You will receive notification when you have a voicemail message, then retrieve your message through the
InnoCaption app by pressing the voicemail button.
It is that simple!

For more information on how to use voicemail for your phone, click here for the Android User Guide or the iPhone User Guide.

As always, if you have any questions, please contact us at
support@innocaption.com.

My personal struggle to hear and comprehend telephone conversations puts me at GREAT disadvantage in my job. Some days I just want to give up. I rely heavily on my iPhone but [now] with InnoCaption I have the accessibility, convenience, confidence, and mobility to use a mobile voice communication device as it was intended!

Steph B.|Madison, WI

I’ve tried apps on my iPhone to get captions with mediocre results, but InnoCaption is different. The captions follow the call and are accurate. Now when someone gives me an email or phone number, I don’t have to have it repeated. And I can recall the details [through a saved dialogue] after hanging up. If I give out my personal InnoCaption [provided] phone number, inbound calls are captioned when I answer the call. No extra steps needed. No more “Let me call you back”.

Ed O.|Buffalo Grove, IL