Salt Lake City — Sorenson Communications has announced the national launch of CaptionCall®, a new captioned calling service and telephone for people with hearing loss.

CaptionCall uses voice recognition technology and a transcription service to display written captions of what callers say on the proprietary telephone’s large, easy-to-read screen.

While the service is free, thanks to funding from the Federal Communications Commission, consumers do have to pay the initial cost for the CaptionCall phone, which retails for $150. However, the company is currently offering a $50 discount.

In addition to purchasing the phone, users must have a high speed Internet connection, a standard home phone line, and an ordinary home electrical outlet.

Users can keep their current phone number and their phone service carrier with no increase or fees added to their monthly bill.

CaptionCall features customized audio with an adjustable ringer and handset volume, as well as frequency amplification and adjustable caption text size. The phone is also compatible with most hearing aids.