Hamilton CapTel introduces Auto Captions, Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS) for fully automated computer-generated captions

Hamilton CapTel phones and mobile apps on Captioning Preferences to provide customers with new service enhancement.

AURORA, Neb., June 23, 2022 / PRNewswire / – Hamilton® CapTel®industry-leading captioned telephone service for people with hearing loss, introduces captioning preferences Auto Captions or Assisted Captions for phone calls.

Hamilton CapTel is a service provider of Hamilton Relay, a division of Hamilton Telecommunications, a diversified communications and technology services provider based in Aurora, Neb. Founded in 1901, Hamilton Telecommunications has grown to encompass eight primary company divisions on a local, regional and national basis. For more information, please visit HamiltonCapTel.com. (PRNewsfoto / Hamilton CapTel)

Hamilton CapTel announced the new offering today Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) 2022 Convention in Tampa, Floridahearing loss with consumers for a premier annual convention.

Similar to captions on television, Hamilton CapTel delivers captions for phone conversations so that people with hearing loss can confidently use the phone again – at no cost1. The new Auto Captions offering is based on Advanced Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) technology, developed by CapTel, Inc. Hamilton CapTel customers can now choose between operator-generated assisted captions and the new computer-generated auto captions.

“We’re delighted to provide our customers with this extra choice, giving them a major increase in speed and accuracy of phone captions,” Dixie ZieglerVice President of Hamilton Relay®, Hamilton CapTel’s parent company. “With Auto Captions, there are no delays at the beginning of a call, and captions appear in real-time. Our commitment has always been to offer choice to our customers whether in equipment or now, in captioning methods. The ability to choose between Auto Captions and Assisted Captions is an incredible advance and we are pleased to bring these benefits to our customers. “

With Auto Captions:

  • Captions are mostly computer-generated

  • No operator is involved in the call

  • There are no delays at the beginning of the call

  • Captions are delivered in real-time

With Assisted Captions:

  • An operator (ie, Captioning Assistant, or CA) with the assists

  • The CA may include information that supports the call, such as adding corrections to the captions, indicating background sounds and music on hold, and identifying male and female voices.

  • In situations with poor line quality (ie, background noise or static on the line), switching to assisted captions may improve accuracy

In addition to this new innovative offering, Hamilton CapTel was recently rated the best captioning service in the industry for accuracy and speed by the National Test Lab, operated by MITRE Corporation.2 This test is the industry standard rating captioned telephone providers.

About Hamilton CapTel

Hamilton CapTel is a service provider of Hamilton Relay, a division of Hamilton Telecommunications, a diversified communications and technology services provider based in Aurora, Neb. Founded in 1901, Hamilton Telecommunications has grown to encompass eight primary company divisions on a local, regional and national basis. For more information, please visit HamiltonCapTel.com.

About CapTel

CapTel, Inc. is the inventor of captioned telephone technology for both IP-based and traditional analog line telephone communications and a variety of CapTel telephone models.

About HLAA

Founded in 1979, The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is the nation’s leading organization representing hearing loss. The mission of HLAA is to provide information, education, support and advocacy through hearing loss with people in the open world.

1Independent third-party professional certification required.
2The National Test Lab, operated by MITRE Corporation, FCC Telecommunications Relay Services Project: Captioning Quality Testing: Hamilton’s ASR Scenario dated Mar. Rev. 7, 2022)

FEDERAL LAW PROHIBITS ANYONE BUT REGISTERED USERS WITH HEARING LOSS FROM USING INTERNET PROTOCOL (IP) CAPTIONED TELEPHONES WITH THE CAPTIONS TURNED ON. IP Captioned Telephone Service may use a live operator. The operator generates captions and tells the other party what the call is. These captions are then sent to your phone. There is a federally administered fund for each minute of captions generated, paid for. To learn more, visit fcc.gov. Hamilton CapTel may be used to make 911 calls but may not function as well as traditional 911 services. For more information on the benefits and limitations of Hamilton CapTel and Emergency 911 calling, visit HamiltonCapTel.com/911. Voice and data plans may be used by Hamilton CapTel on a smartphone or tablet. Third-party charges may apply: The Hamilton CapTel phone requires telephone service and high-speed Internet access. Wi-Fi capable. Third-party trademarks are the property of their respective owners. CapTel is a registered trademark of Ultratec, Inc. Copyright © 2022 Hamilton Relay. Hamilton is a registered trademark of Nedelco, Inc., d / b / a / Hamilton Telecommunications.

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