Deafness and Hearing Loss
People with hearing loss tend to use assistive and accessible technology differently from most other groups of people with disabilities, primarily due to the fact that their hearing loss influences their communication. As a result, their degree of hearing loss is but one of many aspects of their disability, which influences their preferred assistive or accessible technology. For example, for television programs, some viewers with hearing loss may prefer to turn up the volume, while others may prefer to read verbatim captions, and others prefer to follow the program with a sign language interpreter overlay. Because of these differences, designers and providers should strive to provide accessibility for people with hearing loss across multiple dimensions—hearing loss, legal requirements, communication and cultural preferences.
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