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No Telephone Interaction Needed For The Hearing Impaired To Land Some Of These Jobs

Author : Ryan Mcintosh

The Hearing Impaired can easily use a personal computer with a few adaptations. You can find the necessary equipment to make these upgrades in practically any computer store or even in the computer department of your local big box store. This is almost like the telephone getting a major upgrade for the deaf. Now people are able to call anybody who has their own computer, chat room, monitor and keyboard. Communication is achieved by typing the message on the keyboard. The text appears on the screen where it can be read by the recipient.

Since neither require hearing, it's great for the hearing impaired. A TDD machine (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf) is a device that works by displaying text for the hearing impaired and also allows them to communicate using a keyboard. The majority of TDDs are not compatible with a large amount of PCs, however as time progresses there are more and more translation programs coming onto the market. The issue with this is almost all computer owners avoid purchasing this application unless they have a family member or friend with deafness.

I once held a conversation with a man who was deaf, and he offered his story to me. He replied he had learned to read print at 3 year of age when he first lost his hearing, so he never lost his ability to make use of language, but this was the first time in his life he as able to have communication with people and didn't have read their lips or write them letters. We were able to hold this conversation on a TDD. It is getting easier for this man to use the TDD because he is using it each day to do his regular business, like reserving hotel rooms or train tickets, and using it to communicate with his wife.

However, because TDDs are usually limited in their use to people who are deaf, it's not a major part of my life. This isn't saying that they are not useful machines, because they are a wonderful advancement in technology and allow the deaf to communicate with others. Do you truly believe that TDDs are needed for deaf individuals with their own computers?

Communication with TDDs through personal computers is difficult at the present time. It requires the use of special hardware and programs. Many hearing impaired individuals own TDDs and so their use is likely to continue for some time to come. The second option they have is the microcomputer, which is expensive. TDDs are not expensive starting at about $200, or less.

When a deaf person decides to move over to computers what should they look out for specifically? There is nothing in particular one would need besides the ability to get on the internet. I asked if there was anything he would like to say to deaf readers or people who deal with those who are deaf in regards to computers. He suggests that they forgo the purchase of a printer or other peripherals in favor of first purchasing the modem. If this is a first time purchase, and they can afford it, a laptop computer would be a great first pick.

If there is ever some kind of emergency they need help with, they could attempt a CB call to see if someone could call for them. That is in theory, really, they would need to do some convincing of the CBers that they were not joking. Furthermore, I know of a brand new bulletin board network being established in different cities for a sort of test. That would be a great way to make emergency calls if needed, as well as providing information for those who would have no other way of receiving it.

I've heard mention of laptop computers being connected with speech synthesizers, but I really know nothing about them. If the synthesizer was able to attach to the phone, it could be used in an emergency. However, the deaf person using this would not know if someone had answered or what their reply was. Due to the fact that most deaf people have the skills required for computers, i.e. ability to see; and are able to acquire, like typing, the job market is big, and growing daily, for deaf people who are able to work with computers. Some of the best jobs to look into for the hearing impaired are programming, word processing, and data processing, where there is no phone interaction required to work.

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