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Serving the Residents of Tennessee

Welcome to the public resource about hearing loss and deafness that is available to ALL Tennesseans regardless of your ability to hear! Check out our statewide event calendar; lending library of books, videos and equipment; Tennessee Directory of Services for People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, and more!

Calendar of Events

Look for or post events in the deaf and hard of hearing community across the entire state of Tennessee!  The calendar is also searchable by area of the state or type of event.

Interpreted Marionette Shows

Great for children and adults alike! A variety of marionette and puppet shows performed at the Nashville Public Library are interpreted into ASL.  (A sound track accompanies the videos.)
(Special thanks to Wishing Chair Productions and the Nashville Public Library Foundation!)

The Library Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing has a full-time position open for a Program Specialist II. Applications are being accepted through October 9, 2018.  More information is available by clicking on "Employment Opportunities" under "Connect"  on this website. 

The Listening and Learning Lab at Vanderbilt is conducting a research study to develop a questionnaire about fatigue in school-age children with hearing loss...

NEW!  We have added a NEW SECTION to the Library Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing website for Employment Opportunities available to people who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind, or in related professions (e.g. interpreters, teachers, SSPs, etc.) Please click on the link to learn more!

The Council for Exceptional Children's Division for Communicative Disabilities and Deafness has created a Position Paper regarding the need for to support the requirement for qualified/credentialed Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (TODHH) in all aspects of educational programming and planning for students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

For Teachers of K-12 Deaf Students:

The Clerc Center is thrilled to announce that the K-12 ASL Content Standards are ready. On the website, you will see Anchor Standards, grade-level standards, the glossary, and more.

The Telecommunications Devices Access Program sponsored by the Tennessee Regulatory Authority is now offering wireless devices to our consumers, through Teltex, Inc. They offer iPads and iPhones with specifically designed apps for people who are experiencing: hearing loss (hard of hearing or deaf), blindness or low vision, a speech disability, loss of mobility, or a cognitive disability.

Congress (the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives)  has passed the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017. The bill will make certain types of hearing aids available over-the-counter to adults with mild to moderate hearing loss.


Calendar of Upcoming Events

Salon@615 with Nathaniel Philbrick
Nashville Public Library

This event will be Open Captioned!

Learn more

The Well (an event for women of Middle TN)
Church of the City (Franklin Campus)

A monthly citywide gathering for women across Nashville to encounter Jesus. Our desire is to Learn more

Neyland Stadium - Gate 9

Come support the University of Tennessee's National Student Speech Language Hearing Learn more

EARS Consortium Meeting

This meeting is our required annual meeting to discuss certain specifics with the group, but Learn more

Ready, Set, Learn! Literacy Workshop for Families (12 - 36 mo)
Jackson Center for Independent Living (JCIL)

Ready, Set, Learn!  Literacy Workshop for Families of deaf / hard of hearing children

Learn more

New Materials

See a listing of the new materials added to the LSDHH collection at the Nashville Public Library.

  • Learning to Sign is Cool!
  • Ototoxic Drugs Exposed: The Shocking Truth about Prescription Drugs and Other Chemicals That Can (and Do) Damage Our Ears
  • Working Text: Teaching Deaf and Second-Language Students to Be Better Writers
  • Powered On
  • Deaf Mosaic #402: Deaf President Now