Above is a picture of Google Talk. Google Talk is an instant messaging service that provides both text and voice communication. Google Talk is available on almost all type of devices, including computer desktops and cellphones. It’s a free way to chat with friends and family, and it has lots of useful features and benefits. I have used Google Talk for several years and love it. Actually, I don’t think I can live without it. I think I use Google Talk more now that I am deaf than I did before when I was hearing. Even with my super powerful ReSound Alera hearing aids I often prefer using Google Talk to using the phone.
Google Talk beats texting at those times when I really need to get in touch with my wife but she is at her work computer and has silenced her cell phone. A message pops up on her screen and gets her attention. It works great if there are emergencies, which in our family seems to happen more often these days. Google Talk is also much more convenient for messages too long to text but for which you need a quick response, or for times when you need to append information as it becomes available.
There are so many communication tools out there for the deaf I haven’t even had a chance to try out. I would love to get your feedback on which ones you really like. What communication tools make your life easier?
My name is Jeff Swartz and I live in Atlanta, GA. I am married to wonderful wife and have two teenaged daughter.