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 State of Michigan Resources for People with Hearing Loss

Quick Michigan Facts

*  Total Population of Michigan 2013 estimate: 9,895,622
*  Percentage aged 65 and over: 15%
*  1.4 Million people in Michigan have a hearing loss.
*  Only 200,000 of that 1.4 million report using a hearing aid.
*  Most hearing loss began in adulthood.  Mean onset was 40 years. Only 19% of hearing loss was reported to begin before the age of 20.
*  Approximately 420,000 have hearing loss from exposure to noise at work in Michigan.
*  Hearing loss is more common in men.

– From the 2004 Annual Report on Work-Related Noise-Induced Hearing Loss in Michigan. A joint report of  the Michigan State University Department of Medicine and The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth Management and Technical Services Division.


Relay Services

AT&T prvides traditional Relay Services. TTY, Voice Carry-Over(VCO), Hearing Carry-Over(HCO), Speech to Speech(STS) and Spanish-to-Spanish relay.
For Information go to: and/or,1607,7-159-16372-212100–,00.html
There is also a directory by state at:
The list of internet based providors is at:

Michigan Assistive Technology Project – the Assistive Tech tab.
Programs include MATCH (Michigan Assistive Technology Clearinghouse); ATXchange; online newsletter; assistive technology loan fund; and community projects.

Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program
Currently, there is no program but a committee is working to establish one and HLAA-Michigan State Association has representation on the committee.
The link to a list by state is:

Division on Deaf and Hard of Hearing for Michigan is under Civil Rights on the State web site:

Services include technical assistance and information; intrepreter information and testing program; auxiliary aids and assistive devices; publications; visor card program. There are four people with hearing loss, all of whom are HLA-MI members, on the advisory council.
Other State Agencies

Michigan Coalition for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People

Michigan Disabilty Rights Coalition (MDRC)

Vocational Rehabiliation Services is under Workers Compensation Agency and has a list of approved facilities, a link to the Job Accommodation Network(JAN) and much more.

State Board of Hearing Aid Regulation – Link to information about licencing:,4601,7-154-35299_61343_35414_60647_35461—,00.html

Michigan Statewide Independent Living Council

Cochlear Implant Centers in Michigan

Children’s Hospital of Michigan

Spectrum Health/DeVos Children’s Hospital

University of Michigan Cochlear Implant Program

Michigan Ear Institute

Hearing Dog Training Certification

Paws with a Cause