[Athen] Help for Hard of Hearing student

Nick Ogrizovich defnick at yahoo.com
Wed Feb 7 20:06:52 PST 2007

Hello Stacey,

This is probably what you want:

Pretty much any neckloop telecoil like that (typically made by william sound) can plug into any
device that has a 3.5 mm jack. We use these with ipods, cd players, etc, and it would plug into a
computer just as it would the ipods.

I agree with Teresa though, equal access is the goal, and ideally, captioned media should be used.
If you were able to obtain the master tape, you could then send it to http://www.ccmaker.com/
and the turnaround is pretty fast. It might work out for the student just to have all the
captioned media in time for the finals.

Even with a neckloop telecoil, I shudder at the thought that its "good enough" for anyone with any
degree of hearing loss. It's one thing to use that in a class, but it's a whole other one to use
it for multimedia, where the sound is slightly more artificial-sounding. Forget any lipreading
done on a small 'screen' and where the speaker is only a few inches big!

Nick Ogrizovch
Adaptive Technology Lab Manager
University fo Vermont

--- Teresa Wells Haven <tlwells at uark.edu> wrote:

> Hi, Stacy. I have two thoughts, one of which might help sooner rather

> than later, and one that your online course department should consider:


> 1) Materials being used in the course should be accessible, and the

> department producing the DVDs in the first place should be made aware of

> this. Sure, you could always be asked to transcribe the materials

> afterward, but it would be better if they were providing captioning or

> transcripts up front. What if the student were Deaf instead of HOH?

> The best source of transcripts is always the professor who produced the

> lecture in the first place, since there will be less chance of

> transcriber error.


> 2) I addressed a similar situation just the other day for a student who

> is an FM-system-user. We placed the microphone of the FM transmitter

> directly in front of the computer speaker, turned the speaker volume up

> to high, then let the student use the FM receiver to listen to the audio

> track of a streaming video that was required in her foreign language

> class. The student could control the volume on her FM receiver and hear

> it well enough to catch a lot more than she had been. It still isn't

> perfect (because the original audio track didn't capture everything

> clearly), but it's better than what she was hearing, which was next to

> nothing.


> I haven't actually tried it, but I wonder if you could use a stereo

> patch cable to go directly from the line-out on the computer to the mic

> jack on the FM transmitter? I'd want to test it before trying it on a

> live student, of course, but I would think it might work... I didn't

> try this solution for my student because the prof still had to be able

> to use the mic during class for lecture in between showing the video

> clips.


> Hope this helps,

> Teresa


> Teresa Haven

> University of Arkansas


> -----Original Message-----

> From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On

> Behalf Of Stacy L. Smith

> Sent: Wednesday, February 07, 2007 3:36 PM

> To: athen at athenpro.org

> Subject: [Athen] Help for student with hearing impairment



> Hi all -


> I have a student whose online course relies heavily on DVDs, and he is

> losing a good portion of the lecture due to his hearing impairment.

> I've looked at the DVD and the instructor seems pretty clear, but often

> looks at his slides....I suspect that the student may be losing some

> lipread material at those points.


> Sound enhancement has helped, but not enough.


> The student wears hearing aids and is currently using an FM-like system

> that plugs directly into his hearing aid.


> My question: are there FM-type systems out there that can accept a

> line-in from another source (like a computer)?


> Are there any devices that can go from a line out directly to the

> hearing aid?


> At this point I don't have any make/model information on anything. We

> can always transcribe, but we're well into the semester and the student

> is just coming to us....I hate to make him wait to get transcripts.


> Thoughts? Other ideas?




> Stacy



> Stacy Smith

> Adaptive Technology Specialist

> Disability Support Services

> 202 Holton Hall

> Kansas State University

> Manhattan, KS 66506

> Phone: 785-532-6441

> FAX: 785-532-6457

> Email: stacylee at ksu.edu


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