When the phone rings, do you feel stressed?
Are you worried that you won’t understand the person calling you?
Do you look around to see if someone else can answer the phone?
Well, worry no more!
A person with hearing loss places a call in the same way as dialing a traditional phone with confidence. You can relax and enjoy your conversations again!
With your CapTel phone, your calls will be captioned and you won’t have to make wild guesses as to what the caller is saying. The captioned telephone service allows you to LISTEN and READ captions of everything your caller says during your phone conversations.
Don't miss another word!
CAPTIONED TELEPHONE SERVICE
Captioned telephone service from Mississippi Relay offers the ability for anyone with hearing loss to HEAR to the other person and READ captions of everything that is being said during your telephone conversation independently.
Do you need more information, or have a question or suggestion about the Mississippi Captioned Telephone Service?
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HOW DOES CAPTEL WORK?
The CapTel user speaks directly to the other party using a CapTel phone.
The other party speaks directly to the CapTel user, with all of his words transcribed by a trained operator into text using voice-recognition technology.
The CapTel user listens with her residual hearing and reads the conversation on the CapTel display screen.
TYPES OF CAPTEL PHONE MODELS
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A tablet-style telephone with a large, touch-screen display and helpful graphics. Ideal for people who prefer a contemporary telephone design.
Also includes touch-key dialing pad –letting users dial with traditional number buttons if they prefer.
CAPTEL 840 SERIES
For people who prefer the familiarity of a traditional telephone look and feel.
Available for use with standard analog phone lines or with a high-speed Internet connection (WiFi) capable).
Ideal for people with low vision or who have difficulty reading the standard captions sizes.
CapTel 880i allows users to customize the font sizes, styles, and colors on an extremely large display.
HOW TO GET A CAPTEL PHONE
Below are three options to get a CapTel phone
Purchase a CapTel phone
Mississippi residents who do not qualify for a CapTel phone through the Equipment DIstribution Service may purchase the CapTel phone at the reduced cost of $75.00.
Third Party Certificate
Per recent FCC regulations, individuals with hearing loss may receive an Internet-based CapTel phone free of charge if they complete and submit a Third Party Certification of Eligibility.The Third-Party Certification must be signed by a hearing health professional who confirms that the person applying has a hearing loss and would benefit from IP-based Captioned Telephone Service in order to communicate effectively over the phone.
NOTE: Third Party Certification only applies to CapTel 840i only.
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the Third Party
Have the form signed & dated by a hearing professional such as an audiologist or specialized doctor
Send the completed certification form to:
Request an application to get a free CapTel phone
The Mississippi Relay Equipment Distribution Program (MREDP) administers the equipment distribution program, which provides access to public telecommunication services by residents of Mississippi who have hearing loss and can benefit from captioned telephone conversations, using devices for analog communications. The links below contain the procedures to secure this service, and the application form to complete and return to MREDP to get on the list to receive such services. As part of the service provided by the MREDP, a limited number of CapTel phones will be available each month to individuals with hearing loss who require such devices to utilize the Mississippi Relay Captioned Telephone Service.
For more information about the MREDP, contact:
CAPTEL CUSTOMER SUPPORT AVAILABLE
1-888-269-7477 (24 hours)
En español: ( 8 AM to 12 midnight EST)
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FEDERAL LAW PROHIBITS ANYONE BUT REGISTERED USERS WITH HEARING LOSS FROM USING INTERNET PROTOCOL (IP) CAPTIONED TELEPHONES WITH THE CAPTIONS TURNED ON. IP Captioned Telephone Service may use a live operator. The operator generates captions of what the other party to the call says. These captions are then sent to your phone. There is a cost for each minute of captions generated, paid from a federally administered fund. No cost is passed on to the CapTel user for using the service.