Re: [BCAB] Using screen readers and hearing aids Terry Clasper 21 Nov 2012 11:48 GMT
Hi Matty. From the off let me apologise for the length of this message! I am significantly deaf, and ware two hearing aids, and have done for many years, so have some understanding of the issues that face you. This isn't a simple one to answer, and truth is, there's no one answer that works for everyone. However generally speaking the closer to you the sound from the computer is, the less strain your likely to have hearing what your screen reader is saying relative to the other noise in the office. So, probably using speakers isn't the ideal answer, as the chances are the speech from the screen reader will get mixed into the other sounds in the environment. If your aids can facilitate it, then possibly the best solution could be an audio input from the computer directly into the aids. Most aids have an audio input socket on the bottom of the aid, near to the battery compartment, so you could get a cable with two connectors on one end, to link into each aid, and a 3.5 jack on the other, which would plug into the computer sound card. Usually modern aids are good at mixing the sound from the microphones of the aids with the audio input feed, and your audiologist should be able to provide a mix that works for you. Failing that you could try using a light weight pair of headphones, however although this creates the same close proximity of sound from the screen reader to the aid, sometimes especially if used for long periods of time the headphones sitting on the aids can become uncomfortable. The third possible option, and in fact the one I use, is a wireless link between the computer and hearing aids. So essentially I have a lead going from the output of the soundcard of the computer to a box which I wear around my neck. This box then communicates wirelessly with my hearing aids. This option however requires sophisticated aids, and can sometimes take quite a bit of time to set up properly, but again if your aids are technologically advanced it could be worth considering. Hope this goes some way to helping, and at least outlines a few possible options. Terry Clasper. E-Mail, firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @terryclasper -----Original Message----- From: Bcab [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Leach, Matthew Sent: 21 November 2012 11:03 To: BCAB Discussion List Subject: [BCAB] Using screen readers and hearing aids Good morning. The subject line says it all. I am currently working in an open plan office using JAWS as my screen reader with headphones. At the moment I am wearing one hearing aid but at some time in the next couple of months will be wearing two. I should appreciate guidance from those members in a similar position, e.g. should I be plugged into the computer or have a set of speakers to enable me to carry out my work. Any help will be appreciated. Many thanks. Matty. Matthew Leach Secretary Dickinson Dees LLP Tel:+44 191 279 9646 Fax:+44 191 230 8501 www.dickinson-dees.com If you are not the intended recipient of this e-mail please notify the originator or telephone 0191 279 9000. This e-mail and any attachments have been scanned for viruses. Dickinson Dees LLP will not be liable for any losses as a result of any viruses being passed on. The contents of any e-mail which does not relate to the official business of the firm is neither given nor endorsed by it. Nothing in this e-mail or any attachment should be construed as an undertaking of the firm unless specifically identified as such. Dickinson Dees LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales under number OC317661. Our registered office is St Ann's Wharf, 112 Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3DX,where a list of members' names is open to inspection. Dickinson Dees LLP is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority for legal work. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority for financial services work. Our FSA registration number is 448603. Our VAT registration number is GB123393627. -- To find out more about BCAB and the benefits that membership can bring, please visit our website: http://www.bcab.org.uk/ To manage your subscription to the BCAB mailing list, please visit our website: http://www.bcab.org.uk/bcab-discussion-list/ To discuss matters relating to the mailing list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.