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Resources for HoH Oregonians

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Agencies and Services for Hard of Hearing People in Oregon

Deaf & Hard of Hearing Access Program:

Works with the Oregon Department of Human Resources (and some other State of Oregon departments) to provide technical assistance in the area of communication accessibility for hard of hearing and deaf people who need to access the services of those departments. These services can include FM systems, interpreters, real-time captioning or other means necessary to achieve equal access. Information is available to the public and businesses regarding compliance with the ADA ( Americans with Disabilities Act). For more information call

1-800-358-3117 for voice or TTY, or write DHHAP 1257 Ferry Street SE, Salem, OR 97310. 

Vocational Rehabilitation Division-State of Oregon:

Works with people with disabilities to find employment opportunities, obtain training as needed to become employable and in helping them overcome obstacles in the workplace. Phone numbers are listed under "State of Oregon-Vocational Rehabilitation Division" throughout Oregon. 

Technology Access for Life's Needs (TALN):

This program coordinates a statewide network of centers for assistive technology information, training and equipment loans. Each center will provide information about services, equipment, funding, and other resources. For more information call 1-800-677-7512 voice/TTY.

Telecommunication Devices Access Program (State of Oregon Public Utilities Commission):

Provides special phone equipment for people who have hearing, speech or mobility impairments. This equipment is purchased by the state of Oregon and loaned to participants in the program. This department also oversees the Oregon Telephone Relay Service. For information contact TDAP at 550 Capitol Street NE, Salem, OR 97310. 1-800-848-4442 Voice or 1-800-648-3458 TTY.

 Oregon Telephone Relay Service: 

The Oregon Telephone Relay Service is a free service that allows people using TTY's to call people who don't have a TTY. It also allows people who don't have a TTY to call someone who does. Sprint currently has the contract to provide this service for Oregon residents. For information call 1-800-676-3777. To place a relay call, phone 1-800-735-2900.

Hearing Loss Association of America:

Hearing Loss Association of America, Inc. is an international organization designed to provide help to hard of hearing people. Hearing Loss Association of America is the largest organization of it's kind in the United States. It is dedicated to the well-being of people of all ages and communication styles who do not hear well. The primary purpose of Hearing Loss Association of America is to educate, advocate for, and support hard of hearing people. 

Oregon Health Licensing Office: handles consumer complaints regarding hearing aid purchases. Oregon Law allows for consumers to rescind a sale for reasonable cause within 30 days after delivery of the hearing aids.

700 Summer St. NE, Suite 320
Salem, OR 97301

Oregon Department of Education Regional Programs, in collaboration with local school districts, Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education programs, families and community agencies, provide specialized educational support for children (ages birth-to-21) with hearing and other impairments.

Oregon Department of Education
255 Capitol St. NE
Salem, OR 97310

Oregon Court Reporters Association is a professional association of court reporters employed in the fields of judicial reporting, broadcast captioning and communications access realtime translation (CART). State and national resource information is available at  and 

OHSU Tinnitus Clinic was the first medical clinic in the world devoted exclusively to the treatment of tinnitus. Located within Oregon Health & Science University, the Clinic has helped thousands of tinnitus patients during the last 25 years. Mailing address:
Mail Code NRC04
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road
Portland, OR 97239
telephone: 503-494-7954
E-mail:  Web page: 

Open Captioned Movies:
Open captioned movies have the film's dialogue printed at the bottom of the screen, making the film accessible and enjoyable for all hard of hearing and deaf people. Movie theater companies and movie production studios are working hard to caption more mainstream, first-run movies and make them accessible to all audiences. To find out if there are open captioned movies playing in your area or theaters that accommodate HoH people by providing Assistive Listening Devices; look for this symbol in your local paper:

Assistant Logo  
Assistive Listening
Devices Available

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