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Technology to borrow – Technology Test Drive

We run a product loan service called the Technology Test Drive. This ‘try before you buy’ service gives deaf children and young people, their families, parents, and the professionals working with them the opportunity to borrow a wide range of products and try them out in their own home or at school. All deaf children are different, and certain products may be useful for some but offer no benefits for others. Borrowing products can help you in deciding which products are most helpful and suit you best. After the loan you may decide to purchase the product or you may be able to obtain it from educational services or social services on a long-term basis.

There are over 100 different products available for you to borrow from the Technology Test Drive, ranging from vibrating alarm clocks to the very latest radio aids and Bluetooth products.  The length of loan is either one or three months, depending upon the type of product. All our products are listed in the four categories below.

The Technology Test Drive service is provided to our members free of charge. All you need to do is register as a member, browse through the products, and click on the Technology Test Drive order form shown below or on the product pages to request what you want to borrow. Your feedback helps us improve our offer, so don't forget to let us know what you thought of it by filling in the feedback form.