Deafness is the total or near total loss of hearing. Individuals who are hard of hearing have partially-impaired hearing in one or both ears.
A person who is deaf or hard of hearing will have difficulty with sounds, including the audio component of multimedia materials.
Assistive Technology for People with Auditory Disabilities
Assistive technology is any item, piece of equipment, software program, or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of persons with disabilities.
Some examples of assistive technology that can be helpful to those with auditory disabilities are:
- Captions and Transcriptions: Deaf or hard-of-hearing users can read
textbut require captions and transcripts to interpret audio and video content.
- Sign Language Interpretation: Sign Language Interpretation can be provided for people to supplement media containing both audio and video.