Re: [BCAB] Using screen readers and hearing aids Lewis Crack 21 Nov 2012 12:44 GMT
Hi Matty. I have hearing aids (have had them since 5 years old). I have the direct input lead that connects directly to the hearing aid via a special shoe as Caroline mentioned. I think they are around £20.00 from RNID. As to the others I think they are around a similar price range, maybe up to £50.00. A Braille Display is also extremely helpful when using JAWS or any other Screen REader with a hearing loss, as you can read it via Braille. Maybe Access To Work could fund you one? I have 2 (one I got funded when I was 13, which was 9 years ago, and the other I got through my DSA via University in February of this year), and they have helped me a lot. By the way, if you want any personal advice on hearing loss, and how things work, feel free to email me privately to talk. My email address I will send to you off list. Hope the above information helps you. REgards. Lewis. -- Sent from my MacBook 13inch. On 21 Nov 2012, at 11:53, Caroline Silvferberg <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > Matty, > > In an open plan office, you will probably find it easier to be plugged into the computer than to use speakers so that background > noise is less of a problem for you. > > If your hearing aids have a T setting for using an induction loop, you could buy a neck loop or induction hooks. Both plug into a > headphone socket and work with the T setting. Neck loops are just a loop of wire that goes around your neck and give mono sound. > Induction hooks are little loops that you put over the top of your ear (alongside a behind the ear hearing aid) and can give stereo > sound. Both are more expensive than headphones but not too much so. > > Some hearing aids have a direct audio input. If yours do, you can get a direct audio lead, which plugs into a headphone socket and > then into each hearing aid. You might need to also get what's known as a direct input shoe for each of your hearing aids. That > just enables the lead to connect to the aid. This option is a bit more expensive than a loop but not much and in my experience > gives better quality sound. > > Some hearing aids have Bluetooth. If the aids don't, you can buy Bluetooth receivers that plug into the direct audio inputs. I'm > less clear on how the Bluetooth works as I've no experience of it. > > There are lots of possible providers but I've used www.deafequipment.co.uk and the Action on Hearing Loss online shop in the past. > > I hope you find something that works for you. > > Regards, > > Caroline > -----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. 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