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Office of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing

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The Office for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing (ODHH) is an office within the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry that serves all 67 counties. ODHH is your first stop on the path to learn about anything and everything related to hearing loss, such as services, technology, sign language interpreters, or laws that require equal access for people who are deaf, deaf-blind or hard of hearing.

ODHH provides three primary services, represented by the acronym AIR.

  • We ADVOCATE for people with hearing loss who are not receiving proper services from government or private agencies.

    We distribute INFORMATION and answer questions on issues relevant to people with hearing loss.

    We REFER people to appropriate organizations. ODHH is ready to serve as liaison, open doors, explain procedures and make referrals. No request is too small.

ODHH also provides administrative support to the Advisory Council for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing, also established by Act 1997-37.

Hearing aids & assistive technology: what you need to know

This guide answers the most common questions about hearing aids and assistive technology received by ODHH. It educates individuals about the process of obtaining hearing aids, informs individuals of possible funding options, and promotes the use of assistive technology to allow individuals to have a fulfilling and independent life.


Contact ODHH:
717-783-4912 v/tty
717-831-1928 videophone
ra-li-ovr-odhh@pa.gov