Qualify For Free Hearing Test, Free Phone at Weingart “California Telephone Access Program” Event

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The Hearing Assistive Technology Committee (HAT) announces the return of the special event with the California Telephone Access Program (CTAP) Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at the Weingart Senior Center.

The California Telephone Access Program (CTAP) is a free state program, which provides assistive telecommunication equipment. The mission of the program is to provide access to basic telephone service for Californians who have difficulty using the telephone. California residents with existing phone service who complete a certification form are eligible. There is no cost, obligation or income requirement. What this simply means is that if you have an existing land line (regular phone service), Dr. David J. DeKriek, Au.D. will administer a hearing test. If he determines that you have some form of hearing loss, you will qualify for a free specialized telephone.

Qualifying for this event is easy. First make an appointment by contacting the Weingart Senior Center at 562-630-6141  before April 15th. At your appointment time you will be given a simple application to fill out, with help from staff members if needed. You will then be given a free hearing screening test by Dr. David J. DeKriek, Au.D. He will certify your difficulty with hearing and sign the application. Next a CTAP staff member will take you to another room where they will determine which phone will best help with your particular hearing loss.

These specialized telephones and devices may provide some of these features for your needs as follows:

  • turn up the volume (amplified)
  • make dialing easier
  • allow hands-free operation
  • flash incoming calls
  • display conversation in text
  • remember phone numbers, and more!

The California Telephone Access Program event is Wednesday, April 15, 2015, from 1:00-3:00 pm. at the Weingart Senior Center 5220 Oliva Ave., Lakewood, CA 90712.

Please note, this event is only for new clients of CTAP. If you have been a CTAP client in the past or already have a free phone from them, this event is not for you. If you have any questions as a past or current client, you must call CTAP directly at (800) 806-1191.

Dr. DeKriek is the Professional Advisor of the Hearing Loss Association of America Long Beach/Lakewood Chapter. Hearing Loss Association of America Long Beach/Lakewood Chapter is a support group offering education on coping skills and resources to people with hearing loss to help survive in a hearing world.

For information, please call 562-438-0597  or visit www.hlalongbeachlakewood.org.

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