FEDERAL LAW PROHIBITS ANYONE BUT REGISTERED USERS WITH HEARING LOSS FROM USING INTERNET PROTOCOL (IP) CAPTIONED TELEPHONES WITH THE CAPTIONS TURNED ON. IP Captioned Telephone Service may use a live operator. The operator generates captions of what the other party to the call says. These captions are then sent to your phone. There is a cost for each minute of captions generated, paid from a federally administered fund. No costs are passed along to individuals who qualify for the service.
Why Offer CaptionCall
When you share CaptionCall, you solve a real problem in the lives of your clients or residents by helping them use the phone again with confidence. Ultimately, you are helping them to stay socially engaged for a longer, happier, healthier life.
No Cost with Professional Certification
To qualify for the free CaptionCall phone and service, your clients must obtain certification from a hearing-care or healthcare professional indicating they have hearing loss and need CaptionCall to communicate effectively by phone. See a generic sample of the Professional Certification Form by clicking the button below.
Anyone who has trouble using the telephone due to hearing loss may be a candidate for CaptionCall. A hearing healthcare professional will evaluate their hearing loss and determine if captions are required to us the telephone effectively. There is no predetermined decibel threshold to qualify.
- To use the CaptionCall phone, qualified individuals will need a private standard phone line and internet connection – not shared lines.
- To use CaptionCall Mobile, they will need a CaptionCall account, an Apple iPad 2 or later, and a Wi-Fi or cellular internet connection.
We go the extra mile to make sure your clients or residents receive our legendary red-carpet service. We recognize that older adults are often uncomfortable with new technology, so we do everything possible to make it easy and stress-free for them to get started with CaptionCall.
Who Can Certify Hearing Loss
The following hearing healthcare professionals can evaluate hearing loss and the need for captions to use the phone effectively:
- Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists
- Family Physicians
- General Practice Physicians
- Hearing Instrument Specialists
- Internal Medicine Specialists
- Nurse Practitioners
- Physician Assistants
Hearing-care professionals and their patients discuss CaptionCall.