Augmentative and Alternative Methods for Hard-of-Hearing People's Telephone CommunicationBy Lindstrom, Jan-Ingvar; Assistive Technology - Shaping the Future: AAATE 2003 Conference Proceedings, Vol. 11, No. 1, pp. 515-521
Publication Date: 2003
Paper describes methods and technologies available to assist people who are deaf or hard of hearing in using the telephone. At least ten percent of the population in any industrialized country has hearing problems, ranging from mild to moderate to no hearing at all. The use of telephones, despite an increase in e-mail communication, is still one of the most important means of remote communication. Eighteen methods are described, including: (1) augmentative facilities, (2), amplification, (3) frequency filtering, (4) auxiliary equipment, (5) add-on amplifiers, (6) headsets, (7) hearing aids, (8) alternative solutions, (9) speech to text, (10) speech to phonemes, (11) manned solutions, (12) text to text – one way, (13) text to text – two ways, (14) combined solutions, (15) picture support, (16) animated faces, (17) video communication, and (18) total conversation. The authors contend that the technical developments concerning telecommunications for people who are deaf or hard of hearing is promising. Implications for further research are discussed.
Published by: IOS Press (Website:http://www.iospress.nl)
Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE) (Web Site: http://www.aaate.net )