Hearing Impairments

Hearing loss can be caused by aging, injury, chemical damage, medications, exposure to loud noises, or even genetics.  Some treatments are available. Lip reading and American Sign Language (ASL) are two of the common educational tools to help hearing handicapped individuals function in our hearing oriented world.

Hearing loss makes it difficult to communicate during emergencies.

It's a concern for those who are deaf and especially for those who live alone:  How do you let responders and friends know your conditions, wishes, and needs if you are unable to communicate through writing or ASL?

It's also a concern when they are not at home.

The solution is  This secure and easy-to-use website stores important information needed in a medical emergency and for follow-up assistance.

  • Identifying information
  • Emergency contacts
  • Communications, mobility, and medical conditions
  • Medical preferences
  • Location and types of medications
  • Children who need care
  • Pets who need care
The online wizard guides you through the data entry, allowing you to enter as much or as little information as you want. You can change and or print the information at any time.

If you are not comfortable with a computer, you can have a trusted third party open an account and maintain your information.  Or, you can open an account yourself and designate another person or persons to update your information.

After signup, you can request a window sticker to alert first responders, two "refrigerator cards,"and a wallet card. The cards contain the website address, the subscriber login, and a special password that displays a "First Responder" report.  This customized report provides paramedics, EMT's, and hospitals with the critically important information such as medical conditions and contacts.

The website allows anyone with access to your "First Responder" report to notify your emergency contacts by email and/or text message that you need assistance.

The wallet card provides the same protection when you are not at home.

This website helps first responders handle your immediate needs, and helps family, friends, or neighbors assist with the other important aspects of your life -- from caring for dependent children to the location of your important papers.

This security and peace of mind is available for $30.00 a year.



National Institutes of Health - National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders


National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities.

Mayo Clinic


NIH - Senior Health

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