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Category: Medical and Assistive Devices
Question: Where can I find information that will help me select the best Hearing Aid?

This pathfinder provides the opportunity to:

  • Learn different ways to locate information on medical or assistive devices.
  • Examine Web sites which provide this information and compare their user-friendliness, as well as the kinds of information they offer.
  • Learn some useful subject headings and indexing terms which will lead you to reliable information on assistive devices and technology products and services.

    Author's Note: The Medical Dictionary makes the following distinctions regarding devices: "Assistive devices assist a person to perform a particular task. For example, canes, crutches, walkers, wheel chairs, and shower chairs are all assistive devices. Assistive technology more commonly denotes some kind of electronic or computerized device that helps a disabled person to function more easily in the world. Examples of assistive technology include devices that allow people to control a computer with the mouth, keyboards that can 'speak' for mute individuals, and closed captioning systems that help the hearing impaired enjoy television shows and videos." Pacemakers and Defibrillators both qualify as medical devices or biomedical equipment.
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