If you or someone you know has trouble hearing people during a telephone call, we have a deal for you. Crystal Vaccaro reached out to MHOTC so we could spread the word about a program in Colorado that gets Captioned Telephones (CapTel) to the community at no cost.
Maybe you’ve seen the TV or online ads for CapTel. Some ask you to pay as much as $75 plus shipping and then leave you on your own to install. But these phones are FREE. Here’s what you need to know.
What is a CapTel? These are amplified phones that write out word-for-word what is being said. If you can not hear what is being said you will be able to read it. For those of you who have a slight to severe hearing loss a Captioned Telephone (CapTel) can be a game changer.
You don’t need to pay for a captioned telephone, because we have all already paid for this in our taxes. If you look at any phone bill you will see an FCC tax. That’s who funds the program. So for those with hearing loss, it’s as if you have been putting this phone on layaway all these years.
To get a FREE phone you go to this website and fill out the form. You can have Crystal and her team at CapTel contact your physician to certify that you qualify. Or you can print the form, have your doctor or hearing-related specialist sign it and then mail, fax or email it in. Important: These phones need both an internet connection and a landline in order to work.
Then, CapTel finds someone (maybe even Crystal) in your area to come to your home, set up the phone and show you how to use it. They have representatives across the Denver metro area and the state from Grand Junction to Fort Collins. It is all FREE.
There is no income based requirements for the recipient, only that they have hearing loss. So please pass along this information to family and friends. If you have questions, you can also contact Crystal at at 720-481-7188 or email Crystal.Vaccaro@oeius.org.