There are a number of computer tools and programs that can assist those with auditory impairment.
While nothing is a substitute for a good listening aid or assistive device from a hearing center, often a listening aid isn't enough.
The more tools and techniques you can put into practice, the easier it's going to be to do the things you need to without letting your impairment get in the way.
A hundred years ago, there weren't many options for people with disabilities.
Today, there are so many that it hardly counts as a "disability" anymore! In addition to devices from a hearing center, here are some of the tools you can use for assistance on your computer.
Transcription One of the most helpful pieces of software for those with auditory impairment can be found in transcription software.
These programs work by taking spoken words and translating them into text.
Some of the best programs will let you type in words yourself, which is perfect for those who want to use it for home communication.
Some programs are even available for portable devices.
These tools can also be hooked up to the phone line, allowing you to get quick transcriptions of any messages that are left on your machine.
Virtual Sign Language Whether you're trying to learn sign language from scratch or just trying to get to another level of mastery, software is available that will teach you in an easy and fun way.
This not only helps those with auditory impairment, but also anyone who wants to better communicate with the deaf.
You can find programs that cover the gamut of learning levels, from infancy to adulthood, from beginner to expert.
Anyone who attends a school for the deaf, wants another method of communication, or wants to open up better communication with the impaired person in their family can gain a great deal from these programs.
Speech Enabling Software It's not unusual for those with auditory impairment to have a difficult time forming words and speech correctly.
It may be difficult for others to understand what you are saying.
A hearing center can provide you with the tools you need to hear more clearly, but a speech enabling program can help you speak more clearly.
Best used in conjunction with a speech therapist, this software can nonetheless provide helpful instruction even if you buy it and use it on your own.
Have a friend or loved one standing by to gauge your progress and give you the truth about how articulate you are becoming.