Assistive Technology

What is Assistive technology:

(A) In general.--The term `assistive technology device' means any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of a child with a disability.

(B) Exception -- The term does not include a medical device that is surgically implanted, or the replacement of such device.  (Source:

assistive technologyAssistive Technology/Devices:

In addition to hearing aids and cochlear implants, there are other technology options that can help you hear in a wide variety of settings. Check out the following:

Other publications and resources:

  • Hearing Aids:  Buyer's Guide to Hearing Aids
  • Information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration about Hearing Aids
  • Cochlear implants: This technology may help some individuals when hearing aids or other technology does not. A cochlear implant is a surgically implanted artificial inner ear or cochlea. The implant uses a thin metal coil to electronically stimulate the hearing nerve, bypassing a damaged or deformed cochlea. In contrast, a hearing aid simply amplifies sound and sends it through the malfunctioning cochlea to the hearing nerve. In many cases an implant will provide an improvement in the use of sound far beyond what a hearing aid can provide, but implants do not restore normal hearing. It does, however, allow for the perception of sound "sensation.


  • ClearCaptions:  Telephones "Get the whole conversation"
  • C-Print (RIT/NTID):  Using speech-to-text as a communication access and support service option.
  • IPAT - North Dakota Interagency Program for Assistive Technology:   Brings assistive technology into the lives of all North Dakotan's that need it, no matter age, needs, or disability.
  • Typewell: Using advanced abbreviation software a trained Typewell transcriber captures spoken content and generates an immediate meaning-for-meaning transcript in clear English text. Commonly used by individuals with hearing loss or who need additional support.