The Illinois Telecommunications Access Corporation
(ITAC) is offering a new amplified telephone at no cost to seniors and others
with hearing loss living in Madison County.
ITAC is a non-profit state distributor of specialized
telecommunications equipment for people with hearing loss and speech
The state of Illinois estimates there are more than
two million residents living with some degree of hearing loss.
The amplified phone, called the XLC3.4, is designed
specifically to accommodate the needs of those with varying degrees of hearing
loss. It is an easy-to-use cordless phone with talking Caller ID. It amplifies
incoming sounds up to 50 decibels and is developed by Clarity, a division of
“ITAC is dedicated to providing people in our
community with hearing loss access to communication solutions so they can stay
in touch and engaged with their loved ones,” Trudy Snell, executive director at
ITAC, stated in a press release. “The XLC3.4 is an amplified phone that meets
the needs of Illinois residents with hearing issues and opens doors for people
with hearing loss across our state. We are excited to offer this new phone to
Madison County residnets.”
Permanent Illinois residents who are certified as
having a hearing loss can obtain the new phone at no cost by completing an
application found on the foundation’s website, www.itactty.org.
Those who qualify may also test the phone or pick up
an application in person at the IMPACT Center for Independent Living located at
2735 E. Broadway in Alton or at Programs and Services for Older Persons located
at 201 N. Church St. in Belleville.