Research & Scholarly Achievement
at Gallaudet University

Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technology for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH-RERC)

The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Improving the Accessibility, Usability, and Performance of Technology for Individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH-RERC) is funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, under the Administration for Community Living at the US Department of Health and Human Services. The mission of the DHH-RERC is to provide consumers who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as their families and clinicians, with the knowledge and tools necessary to:

  • Take control of their communication and hearing technologies, adapt those technologies to their needs in real-world environments, and achieve greater autonomy in their technology use
  • Derive full benefit of the shift from special purpose devices to increasingly powerful and interconnected consumer electronics.
Consumers who are deaf or hard of hearing, if given appropriate ways to control the technologies that they use, will be in the best position to meet their needs and make technology work for them. This is preferred to relying on clinical practitioners, hearing health providers, and other types of service providers, who all are removed from the firsthand experiences deaf and hard of hearing consumers need to be in charge of their communication needs. The technologies that are needed for this kind of paradigm shift have begun to emerge in recent years, and as a result people and devices have become increasingly interconnected. With respect to hearing loss, many rehabilitation and training activities that formerly could take place only face-to-face — such as in a clinical setting, or at dedicated events in buildings — can now potentially be done using consumer devices, online, and at every individual's own pace. Parallel to this development, the advent of interconnected mobile and wearable devices, which are more powerful than the desktop computers of yesterday, is leading to a convergence of hearing devices and consumer electronics that are becoming increasingly integrated. Apps are already on the market to control hearing aid settings from a mobile device, and there are countless opportunities for closer integration between apps and hearing devices. The DHH-RERC supports this paradigm shift through research, development, and knowledge of translation activities.

Dr. Christian Vogler, RERC Director
Linda Kozma-Spytek, RERC Co-Director


Scholarship and creative activity

2017

Vogler, C., Vanderheiden, G., & Hellström, G. (2016). Ex Parte on the FCC Real-Time Text NPRM. Washington DC: FCC, CG Dockets 16-145 and 15-178, November 8, 2016.

Vogler, C. (2017, September). DAC Updates. Panel presentation at the 2017 NASRA Conference, Golden, CO.

Vogler, C., Vanderheiden, G., & Hellström, G. (2017). Reply to Comments on the T-Mobile petition for reconsideration, FCC Real-Time Text NPRM. Washington DC: FCC, CG Dockets 16-145 and 15-178, April 10, 2017.

Vogler, C. (2017, June). Real Time Text: A roadmap for global adoption. Panel presentation at the M-Enabling Summit, Washington, DC.

Vogler, C., Vanderheiden, G., & Hellström, G. (2017). Comments of the DHH-RERC, UIITA-RERC, Omnitor, and Consumer Groups on the FCC Real-Time Text FNPR. Washington DC: FCC, CG Dockets 16-145 and 15-178, February 23, 2017.

Vogler, C., Vanderheiden, G., & Hellström, G. (2017). Reply to Comments of the DHH-RERC, UIITA-RERC, Omnitor, and Consumer Groups on the FCC Real-Time Text FNPR. Washington DC: FCC, CG Dockets 16-145 and 15-178, March 24, 2017.

Vogler, C. (2017, September). Real Time Text. Panel presentation at the 2017 NASRA Conference, Golden, CO.

2018

Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI), the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA), Cerebral Palsy and Deaf Organization (CPADO), California Coalition of Agencies Serving the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCASDHH), Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consumer Advocacy Network (DHHCAN, & the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technology for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Gallaudet University (DHH-RERC). (2018). Ex Parte Communication: Certification Requirements for PEG Programmers and Program Producers CG Docket No. 05-231. Washington, DC: July 26, 2018.

Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI), National Association of the Deaf (NAD), Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA), California Coalition of Agencies Serving the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc., Cerebral Palsy and Deaf Organization (CPADO), American Association of the Deaf-Blind (AADB), Deaf Seniors of America (DSA), California Coalition of Agencies Serving the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (CCASDHH), Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consumer Advocacy Network (DHHCAN), & Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technology for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH-RERC), & Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Universal Interface & Information Technology Access (IT-RERC). (2018). //Comments in the Matter of: Misuse of Internet Protocol (IP) Captioned Telephone Service //, CG Docket No.13-24 and //Telecommunications Relay Services and Speech-to-Speech Services for Individuals with Hearing and Speech Disabilities//, CG Docket No. 03-123. Washington, DC: September 17, 2018.

Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI), Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA), California Coalition of Agencies Serving the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc., (CCASDHH), Cerebral Palsy and Deaf Organization (CPADO), Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consumer Advocacy Network (DHHCAN), Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), National Association of the Deaf (NAD), & Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technology for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH-RERC) Gallaudet University. (2018). Comments to the Federal Communications Commission in the Matter of Wireless Emergency Alerts, PS Docket No. 15-91, and Amendment of Part 11 of the Commission's Rules Regarding the Emergency Alert System, PS Docket No. 15-94. Washington, DC: May 29, 2018.

Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI), Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA), California Coalition of Agencies Serving the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc., Cerebral Palsy and Deaf Organization (CPADO), Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consumer Advocacy Network (DHHCAN), Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), National Association of the Deaf (NAD), & Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technology for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH-RERC). (2018). Reply Comments to the Federal Communications Commission in the Matter of 911 Access, Routing, and Location in Enterprise Communications System, PS Docket 17-239. Washington, DC: December 15, 2017.

Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc., National Association of the Deaf, Hearing Loss Association of America, Association of Late-Deafened Adults, Cerebral Palsy and Deaf Organization, American Foundation for the Blind, American Council of the Blind, California Coalition of Agencies Serving the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, National Association of State Agencies of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consumer Advocacy Network, Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technology for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Gallaudet University. (2017). Comments to the Federal Communications Commission in the Matter of: //ESA Petition for extension of video game software class waiver of Commission's rules for access to Advanced Communications Services and Equipment by People with Disabilities.// CG Docket No. 10-213. Washington, DC: December 1, 2017.

Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI), National Association of the Deaf (NAD), & Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technology for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH-RERC). (2018). //Telecommunications Relay Services and Speech-to-Speech Services for Individuals with Hearing and Speech Disabilities// Ex Parte CG Docket No. 03-123 Misuse of Internet Protocol (IP) Captioned Telephone Service CG Docket No. 13-24 Sprint Petition for Clarification or, in the Alternative, Reconsideration Pending Applications of MachineGenius and VTCSecure. Washington, DC: July 26, 2018.

2018

Woodruff, T., Bernstein, C., & Cienkowski, K. (2017, November). Support service preferences of caregivers of children who are D/deaf or hard of hearing. Poster presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention. Los Angeles, CA.

Woodruff, T., Bernstein, C., & Cienkowski, K. (2018, March). Social support service preferences of parents and caregivers of children who are D/deaf or hard of hearing. Poster presentation at the 17th Annual Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Meeting, Denver, CO.

Bernstein, C. & Brewer, D.(2018). Optimizing Cochlear Implant Outcomes with Short term Aural Rehabilitation: RCT. Paper presented at the Mid Atlantic Cochlear Implant Conference, College Park, MD.

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