SoundBytes Opens New Store After Delay Caused By Hurricane Wilma

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SoundBytes opens store in Ft. Lauderdale office of the League for The Hard of Hearing.

SoundBytes, a catalog, web and retail-based company that specializes in providing assistive equipment for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals and the agencies that serve them, has opened its new location at the League for the Hard of Hearing in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The store, which was originally set to open on November 1st, 2005, is located at 2800 Oakland Park Blvd., Suite 306 in Oakland Park. The League is one of the oldest and foremost not-for-profit services in the world for people with hearing loss.

"We are very anxious to open the store after the long delay caused by the devastation of Hurricane Wilma," said Michael Abramowitz, Managing Director of SoundBytes. "Expanding to South Florida and providing local residents with high quality products that help independent communication, is an exciting venture for us.”

The Florida store becomes the second location in which SoundBytes has opened at a League office. The New York City location has been a major resource for individuals with hearing loss for the past two years. These stores provide consumers an opportunity to shop for assistive devices in a “brick and mortar” setting, which complements the SoundBytes mail-order catalog and Internet presence at http://www.SoundBytes.com. Individuals who visit the League store will have opportunities to view demonstrations, test and purchase products for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing from manufacturers including Clarity, Ameriphone, Sonic Alert, Krown, ClearSounds, Sennheiser, Silent Call, Williams Sound, Ultratec and Conversor.

As in the New York location, a portion of each sale will be donated to the League for the Hard of Hearing. The store's hours of operation are Tuesday and Thursday, from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. These days coincide with the days that the League serves as a distribution center for the Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc. (FTRI). Appointments may be scheduled for other times by contacting the store directly at 954-717-4034. The New York City store operates Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Monday and Friday by appointment. For more information on the SoundBytes’ stores call 888-816-8191.

About SoundBytes

Soundbytes is a catalog, web and retail-based company specializing in providing assistive equipment for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals and the agencies that serve them. In addition, they assist businesses with ADA compliance. SoundBytes offers amplified telephones, TTYs, FM systems, household notification systems, hearing aid batteries, maintenance equipment, and other assistive living and communication products. SoundBytes is based in New York and is an affiliate company of Independent Living Aids, Inc. (http://www.independentliving.com), a company specializing in products for blind and low vision individuals.

About The League for the Hard of Hearing

The League for the Hard of Hearing's mission is to improve the quality of life for infants, children and adults with all degrees of hearing loss. The League provides hearing rehabilitation and human service programs for people who are hard of hearing or deaf, and their families, regardless of age, ability to pay, or mode of communication, and by striving to empower consumers to achieve their potential.

The League's services include Audiology, Communications, Hearing Aid & Assistive Technology Dispensary Center, Otology (New York only), Career Development and Job Placement, Tinnitus Center (New York only). In addition there are Mental Health and Social Services Departments that provide various support groups, lectures, and psychological services. The League, founded in 1910, provides an unparalleled commitment to helping all clients assure a world without limits. For more information on The League for the Hard of Hearing please call 917-305-7700 in New York or 954-731-7200 in Florida, or visit at http://www.lhh.org.

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888-816-8191

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