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Information for anyone:

Communicating With People With Hearing Loss On The Phone (PDF) includes tips for speaking clearly and handling relay calls.

Communication Tips online video demonstrates effective communications, and also shows what not to do.

DeafBlind 101 — An Introduction to Combined Hearing and Vision Loss (Web Tutorial, 86 pages)

Hearing Assistive Technology — The Hearing Loss Association of America offers a series of captioned videos on hearing assistive technology as well as other information on hearing loss. (6 videos)

TPT: Hearing Loss Matters — Age-related hearing loss is more than a personal inconvenience; it’s a public health issue with wide-ranging social impacts. Learn why directly from those affected by hearing loss as they explore communication and treatment options. Not compatible with Internet Explorer.  (26:40) 

CDC Hearing Loss Prevention — Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) fact sheet on preventing hearing loss. (4 pages) 

NIDCD Age-Related Hearing Loss — The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (website or 6-page PDF)

Learning ASL: 

ASL classes offered periodically during the year at Deaf and Hard of Hearing offices in Saint Paul. — Learn how to converse comfortably and correctly in true ASL. This site offers paid classes as well as free classes.  Workbooks are also free. 

American Sign Language for Kids Resources — Resource for learning beginning ASL aimed at a child audience.

Apps for Learning ASL — List of the best apps for learning sign language.

Signing Savvy  - Offers a sign language dictionary (free but ad-supported) and other ASL information, but some content requires a paid membership.

Sign Language 101 —Free video ASL lessons of varying lengths.

American Sign Language University – Free ASL lessons, with video demonstrations of signs and ASL teaching materials.

For librarians: 

Living Language — Fee-based introduction to American Sign Language specifically for librarians. 

Working with deaf patrons — Tips to help you determine the best approach for communicating with deaf patrons individually and in programs.  From Gallaudet University.  

Finding help:

DHS Deaf and Hard of Hearing Resources — Services and information to help Minnesotans who are deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing and their families. 

DHS Sign language interpreter referral — Direct link to MN Department of Human Services sign language interpreter referral.

DHS Telephone equipment distribution Program - The Telephone Equipment Distribution Program provides telephone equipment to people who are deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, speech impaired or have a physical disability and need adaptive equipment to use the phone. DHS loans the equipment at no cost for as long as the equipment is needed.  

National Association of the Deaf (NAD) — The NAD calls itself the nation's premier civil rights organization of, by, and for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals in the United States of America.

Service Organization Directory — Directory of organizations of and for people who are deaf and hard of hearing, developed with information provided by each organization. All of the organizations are national and non-profit and provide information on people who are deaf and hard of hearing and/or specific professional or consumer areas of interest.


Interacting with people with hearing impairments:

MDHHS Deaf Culture and You Video — Illustrates the mainstays and nuances of Deaf Culture, with a focus on understanding the “whats and whys” as well as expectations.

MNDHS Communication Tips — Guidelines for effective face-to-face communication. (1 page)


Last reviewed November 2019.