For the Troy Daily News
TROY — The Troy Lions Club are known for their sight and vision projects. However recently, the club learned more about helping people with hearing loss. Stephanie Blaine, Title IV Americans With Disabilities specialist, demonstrated some new telecommunications technology. Phones are now available that display text of the conversation. A person that has difficulty with a normal phone can use this phone’s amplified sound and read the captions. The Lions learned that these phones are available free of charge to anyone with hearing loss, a home phone, and internet. Blaine explained that these phones are worth $500, but are paid for through small fees attached to all phone bills since 1990.
Lion Club member Bob Medley commented, “Earlier, the Troy club became one of only a few Lions clubs in the state that has an active hearing assistance program. We began collecting used hearing aids and with the professional help of Miami Valley Hearing and Balance, they are reprogramed and given to people who cannot afford new aids.
“This phone technology may be able to help even more people who struggle with their hearing.”
Anyone who has used hearing aids to donate may do so utilizing the Lions eyeglass collection boxes located at the Troy-Miami County Public library or Troy YMCA.
The Troy Lions Club is a non-profit community service organization serving Troy, Covington, Pleasant Hill, Piqua, Tipp City, and surrounding areas of Miami County since 1942. Their primary mission is vision health. For more information see the Lions website at www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/Troy_OH or call 335-7345.