Consumer Cellular Brings Captions to the Hearing Impaired
Consumer Cellular today announced that it will offer customers who are deaf or have impaired hearing a new service that will translate phone calls into text that appears on their phone's display. The service is launching on the Nokia E5, which is M3/T3 hearing aid-compatible and comes with a 2.4-inch display and full QWERTY keyboard. According to Consumer Cellular, when customers place a call, the Nokia E5 automatically connects to Hamilton Relay Service. A live operator will type in real time what the other person says. The text is then pushed to the E5's display, where the hearing-impaired user can read it.
The Relay is a walkie-talkie type product meant to help bridge the gap between kids and their parents. Rather than hand little Johnny or Suzie an addictive screen, the Relay lets parents keep tabs on their kids in a simpler, cheaper way.
Aug 16, 2018
Google today said that it partnered with GN Hearing to create an open specification meant to stream audio to hearing aids. The published spec is called Audio Streaming for Hearing Aids (ASHA) on Bluetooth Low Energy Connection-Oriented Channels.
Feb 4, 2019
Google has two new apps rolling out designed to help the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing use their smartphones to understand people speaking aloud around them. Live Transcribe is an app that listens, converts speech to text, and simply displays a live transcript on the screen of what's being said aloud nearby.
Oct 2, 2019
Microsoft's new Surface Earbuds are true wireless Bluetooth earbuds that promise 24-hour battery life. The buds integrate with Spotify and Microsoft Office.
Nov 28, 2018
Instagram today introduced two new tools that the visually impaired can put to use. First, Instagram is turning on automatic alternative text so the visually impaired can hear better, more detailed descriptions of photos that are displayed under the Feed, Explore, and Profile tabs.
Improper term "Hearing Impaired"
Please be advised that the term, Ã¢â‚¬Å“hearing impairedÃ¢â‚¬Â is unacceptable. Here is the explanation:
The term "Hearing Impaired" is a technically accurate term much preferred by hearing people, largely because they view it as politically correct. In the mainstream society, to boldly state one's disability (e.g., deaf, blind, etc.) is somewhat rude and impolite. To their way of thinking, it is far better to soften the harsh reality by using the word "impaired" along with "visual", "hearing", and so on. "hearing-impaired" is a well-meaning word that is much-resented by deaf and hard of hearing people.
While it's true that their hearing is not perfect, that doesn't make them impaired as people. Most would prefer t...