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Last Updated: Oct 08, 2015     Views: 1531

A TTY is a special device that lets people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech-impaired use the telephone to communicate, by allowing them to type messages back and forth to one another instead of talking and listening.

A TTY is required at both ends of the conversation in order to communicate. If you don't have a TTY, you can still call a person who is deaf, hard of hearing, or speech-impaired by using the Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS). With TRS, a special operator types whatever you say so that the person you are calling can read your words on his or her TTY display. He or she will type back a response, which the TRS operator will read aloud for you to hear over the phone.

Toll free TRS services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In Florida, you can dial 711 to quickly access the service.