Captioned telephones are available at no cost to anyone with hearing impairments who has someone to vouch for their condition. Referrals may come from a doctor, a hearing care provider, or a veterans service officer, for example. U.S. veterans are one group especially hard hit by hearing impairment. Claims for hearing disabilities are the most frequent claims Mike Spidel, Boone County Veteran’s Service Officer, makes. More details in the Lebanon Reporter.