Development of the TTY – Part III

Welcome to Hearing International’s third component of the development of the TTY.  In parts 1 and 2 we learned that the inventor of the TTY, Robert H. Weitbrecht; a deaf orthodontist from Pasadena, James C. Marsters, and Andrew Saks, a deaf engineer and heir to Saks 5th Avenue, met at an A.G. Bell Convention in Salt Lake City in…

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Development of the TTY – Part I

 In the mid 1970s, as a young audiologist working in a university aural rehabilitation clinic, I inherited an old TTY.  ‘Old’, at the time, was 1960s technology that cost between $650 and $1000, making it a luxury item that very few deaf individuals could afford.  Each person who was communicating required their own TTY so it was definitely an expensive device.  Additionally, the TTY was…

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