Archives for hard of hearing

People who are Hard of Hearing

Hard of Hearing is a term used to describe people with a mild to moderate hearing loss. People who are hard of hearing will, in general, lose their hearing gradually and the majority of hard of hearing people do so later in their lives.  A person with a mild hearing loss might wear a hearing aid and have some difficulty in following conversations in noisy situations.  A person with a moderate hearing loss might have one or two hearing aids and will have difficulty following normal speech without the aid. If the person coming to a meeting or appointment uses
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Deaf Sign Language users

Deaf Sign Language users are people whose preferred or only language is British Sign Language (BSL).  These people have been born deaf or have become deaf early in life. People with this level of deafness are described as being profoundly deaf.  Deaf BSL users usually see themselves as part of a linguistic/cultural minority known as the Deaf Community.  A hearing professional who is not proficient in BSL (equivalent of BSL Level 3) must book a BSL/English Interpreter for all meetings and appointments with a Deaf Sign Language user in order to communicate effectively with the person.
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Palantypist / Speech-to-text

A Palantypist turns speech into text using a specialist keyboard and software. A skilled palantypist can reproduce speech on screen at over 200 wpm and 98% accuracy. Verbatim speech-to-text (VSTT) does not involve voice recognition software or predictive text; it is a skill acquired over many years of training and practice. VSTT can be displayed on a laptop screen or projected on to a bigger screen for larger audiences. VSTT can be provided on site or from a remote location and streamed to and from anywhere in the world using the latest screen-share technology and the power of the internet.
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Note-taker

A note-taker is a person who is contracted to provide a written note verbatim of any discussion, presentation or other spoken word event.  They may work from a laptop if they are transcribing a small meeting, or may project their notes onto a screen or TV for a larger audience. It is important that the note-taker has access to the appropriate equipment to ensure that her text reaches the intended audience without visual obstruction.  For this reason, it is good practice to place the note-taker at a table close to those with communication support needs, and also within good hearing
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