Late–Deafened/HOH/Deaf Guide

Thank you for visiting this guide. Like all of our guides, the Hard of Hearing/Deaf Guide is a work in progress. Please email with any material that you think should be added to this guide.


Association of Late-Deafened Adults (National)

ALDA is for late deafened and hard of hearing adults of all ages. Born deaf, families, friends, co-workers, employers, and people working with hearing concerns are welcome also. Late deafened only means that hearing concerns developed after learning to speak, so that many ALDA members have been using captioning and lip reading since childhood. Hearing aids, listening systems, and note taking are also used by some.
Contact: ALDA-Maine
Email only:
ALDA-Maine is the Maine Chapter of ALDA, Association for Late-Deafened Adults (and all people with hearing loss or interested in hearing).

Center for Hearing Loss Help
A commercial site with many free articles and helps

Hearing Loss Association of America

International Federation of Hard of Hearing People

Specializing In Information For The Deaf And Hard Of Hearing

Maine Division of Deafness
Providing services to the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Late Deafened people of Maine.

The Maine Center on Deafness
MCD is a nonprofit organization that serves people in Maine who are D/deaf, late-deafened or hard-of-hearing by providing resources, advocating for social equality, and helping the general public to better understand and appreciate Deaf culture and effective ways of communication.

National Association of the Deaf

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

Informational Sites

Maine Deaf Resource Guide from Division of Deafness:

Suite 101 Hearing Loss Course
This mult–page course takes you through the experience of hearing loss. Gobs of adds, too.
DeafWiki is a collaborative project to produce a free–content and complete encyclopedia of deaf and hard of hearing people. And anything else that concerns the deaf world.

ASL Fingerspelling site:

Hearing Aid Information

Basic Hearing Aid Information from Wikipedia

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
Page about hearing aids:

Some Hearing Aid Manufacturers:
Phonak - (Swiss)
Siemens - (German)
Oticon - (Danish)
Beltone, (US)
Starkey, (US)

Here Now
Hear Now is a national non-profit program committed to assisting deaf and hard-of-hearing persons with limited financial resources who permanently reside within the United States. They also recycle used hearing aids.

Assistance to low income hearing impaired senior, children, and families by helping them to access hearing aids and related hearing care at a significantly lower cost.

Language Instruction, Interpreting Services, CART (captioning services)

Certified Interpreting
A full-service signed language interpreting agency, networked to a pool of certified and licensed interpreters throughout Maine and New England. ASL/English Interpreting, Deafblind Interpreting, Video Translation, Mentoring and Supervising, Instruction and Tutoring, ASL Evaluations

Kewl ASL Interpreting and Education
15 Jones Road
Somerville, Maine 04348
549-4733 (V/TTY)

Pine Tree Society Deaf services
Pine Tree Society's Interpreting Services has been offering sign language interpreting services and Deaf culture training throughout Maine.

Bangor Interpreting Agency
12 Acme Road, Suite 205
Brewer, ME 04412
Nancy A. Ordway, Director
989-0007 (TTY)
989-8888 (V)
989-0022 (FAX)

Mary Jane Grant Sign Language Interpreting Services, LLC
PO Box 843
Sanford, ME  04073
207-651-3146 - Phone
866-825-9910 - Fax
207-213-1325 - Video Phone

Maine C.A.R.T. and Captioning Services
Verbatim Captions For People Who...Are Late-Deafened or Hard-of-Hearing, Have Cognitive or Motor Challenges, Desire to improve reading or language skills...Using Closed-Captioning Technology.

Division of Deafness, Resource Guide: INTERPRETING
(Updated 03/16/2006)

Equipment and Services

Captioned Telephone Service
CapTel phone users place a call in the same way as dialing a traditional phone. As they dial, the CapTel phone automatically connects to a captioning service. When the other party answers, the CapTel phone user hears everything that they say, just like a traditional call.

Entertainment and Cultural

Bangor Mall Cinemas 10 is the first Maine movie theater to offer closed captioned/described movies!

Falmouth Regal 10, Open Caption Movie Schedule
Scroll down to Maine Listing

Deafness in Disguise: Concealed Hearing Devices of the 19th and 20th Centuries
A digital exhibit by Washington University School of Medicine

This site has been made possible through the contributions of ALDA–MAINE,
and others in the Late–deafened, HOH, and Deaf communities.


2008 Resources for Organizing and Social Change