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.
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: http://relayservices.att.com/content/1/Michigan_Relay_Services.html and/or
There is also a directory by state at: http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/telecommunications-relay-services-directory
The list of internet based providors is at: http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/trs-providers
Michigan Assistive Technology Project
www.copower.org – 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: http://www.tedpa.org/StateProgram.aspx
Division on Deaf and Hard of Hearing for Michigan is under Civil Rights on the State web site: http://www.michigan.gov/mdcr
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:
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