Deaf and hard of hearing

SEE ALSO: Deafblind 

Cochlear Implants
Human Services Department   Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division  
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.

Commercial Driver Medical Waivers
Transportation Department  
Information and forms on Minnesota Intrastate Waivers for drivers who are deaf/hard of hearing, are insulin-dependent diabetic, have low vision or have physical disabilities.

Commission of Deaf, Deafblind and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans
Deaf, Deafblind and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans, Commission of  
The Commission of Deaf, Deafblind and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans (MCDHH) is a volunteer based 15-member governor appointed commission that advocates for equal opportunity for Minnesotans who are deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind.

Court Interpreters
Judicial Branch  
The Minnesota Judicial Branch is committed to providing access to justice to everyone, regardless of the language they speak. The Minnesota Supreme Court created the Court Interpreter Training and Certification Program, the Code of Professional Responsibility for Interpreters, and rules that explain the role of interpreters in court. This includes certification for sign language interpreters.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Assistive Technology
Human Services Department  
Assistive listening devices include a large variety of devices designed to improve audibility in specific listening situations.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Publications
Human Services Department   Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division  
A comprehensive listing of all Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division (DHHSD) publications.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Resources
Human Services Department   Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division  
A listing of state-wide resources and organizations for deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, and families.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
Human Services Department  
People of any age can experience hearing loss. Some people are born with hearing loss, for others it develops later in life. Regardless of the type of hearing loss, all deaf and hard of hearing people have unique needs. The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division (DHHSD), a division in the Minnesota Department of Human Services, is here to help.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services - Regional Offices
Human Services Department   Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division  
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services has eight regional offices in Duluth, Virginia, Bemidji, Moorhead, St. Cloud, Metro, Mankato and Rochester. To contact an office nearest you, see map.

Deaf Mentor Project
Human Services Department  
Deaf mentors are a resource to help parents learn sign language. Deaf mentors have been trained by the national SKI-HI Deaf Mentor training program and are skilled at teaching parents and family members sign language, early visual communication. They can also introduce you and your family to aspects of deaf culture.

Deaf Resources
Human Services Department  
Links to state and federal agencies, organizations, and products for deaf persons.

Deaf/Hard of Hearing: Resource Center
Education Department  
The Resource Center: Deaf/Hard of Hearing offers a variety of services, including a library of resources in print and on videotape. The Resource Center is part of the Minnesota Department of Education and is located on the campus of the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf.

Early Hearing Detection and Identification
Human Services Department  
Universal hearing screening is becoming a standard of care for newborns in Minnesota, which has voluntary screening. In Minnesota, four babies are born every week with congenital hearing loss. Research has shown that early intervention by six months of age can significantly impact a child's success with language and cognitive development.

Hearing Loss and Aging
Human Services Department  
Information on recognizing hearing loss, causes and options.

Insurance Complaints
Commerce Department  
If you are in a dispute with an insurance company or insurance agent in Minnesota and have been unable to resolve it to your satisfaction, the Minnesota Department of Commerce may be able to help. This includes complaints related to hearing aid devices and other assistive technologies.

Interpreter Referral
Human Services Department  
Information about sign language interpreters, how to use them, and how to find them. A valuable resource for service providers, interpreters and consumers looking for information about sign language interpreting in Minnesota.

Interpreter Referral Grant Contractors
Human Services Department  
Minnesota Department of Humans Services (DHS) lists grant contractors for deaf interpreter services.

Interpreter Services
Deaf, Deafblind and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans, Commission of  
This page is about interpreter shortages, including educational interpreters. Minnesota Commission Serving Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH) is also working on certification of educational interpreters.

Late Deafened Adults
Human Services Department  
Links to resources for late deafened adults, including hearing and service dogs.

Libraries for the Blind and Deaf
Education Department  
State Library Services administers the Minnesota Braille and Talking Book Library program.

Mental Health Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Human Services Department  
Specialized mental health services for persons with hearing loss. Psychosocial assessment and follow-up services for deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing children and families

Minnesota Relay
Commerce Department  
Minnesota Relay provides telecommunications access for Minnesotans who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, speech impaired, deafblind, or mobility impaired. With the use of specially trained communication assistants (CAs) and specialized equipment, Minnesotans who are deaf, hard-of-hearing or speech disabled can communicate with users of standard telephones. Either party can initiate calls through Minnesota Relay.

Speech-Language Pathologist Complaint Form
Health Department  
The Commissioner of Health has the authority to investigate complaints and discipline Speech-Language Pathologists who provide services in an incompetent or negligent manner or who are not properly licensed to practice in the State of Minnesota.

State Academy for the Deaf
Deaf Academy  
The Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf, in partnership with students, families, and the community, provides an exemplary learning experience promoting quality communicative, intellectual, social, physical, and emotional development, thereby preparing each individual to be a contributing member of a dynamic world community.

Telephone Equipment Distribution Program
Human Services Department  
The Telephone Equipment Distribution (TED) Program provides telephone equipment to people who are deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, speech impaired or have a physical disability and need adaptive equipment in order to use the phone. The equipment is loaned out at no cost as a long-term loan.