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Travel

Traveling by Plane

The Hard of Hearing (HoH) and deaf do not corner the market on being anxious about air travel and traveling alone. Many people who have no disability or barrier fear travel. However, the inability to hear announcements is an added anxiety and requires more presence of mind for the HoH to stay on top of important information they need to know.

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Parenting Kids With Hearing Loss

Parenting Kids With Hearing Loss

Our guest on this week’s podcast (be sure to watch on Monday) is Hollie Enniss-Poe, whose son Ben was born with complications that led to early hearing loss. Ben, now 17, is among the more than 90 percent of deaf/hard of hearing children born to hearing parents. Both Hollie and her husband Brian are hearing, and their family resides in Utah.

Hollie shares their experiences with professionals, the surprising source of connection to organizations that could help, and the research, resilience, and persistence needed to navigate the best way forward for Ben and their family.

Organizations mentioned in the podcast, and other helpful links.

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Shame/Stigma/Denial

Shame

Hearing loss is stigmatized by society and definitely by those of us who experience it. People who are Hard of Hearing (HoH) are sometimes looked upon as less than, and no one welcomes being different when there is stigma attached. And, because hearing loss is an invisible disability, it is easy to hide.

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Advocacy Captioning

Captioning Advocacy

Captioning advocacy means asking for quality captions where and when you need them; for communication, information, education, news, entertainment, or anywhere you want to participate and contribute.

Quality captioning displays the word-for-word text of spoken dialogue and narration, proper punctuation, speaker identification, sound effects, music and other audio description.

People with hearing loss (PWHL) need captioning for critical access to audio content of television and radio broadcast, film, video, web and live streamed content, live events, and other productions.

According to FCC closed captioning rules, captions should be accurate, synchronous, complete, and properly placed. AI captioning often does not meet these rules, and more PWHL need to speak up for quality.

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Captioning CART (live captioning) Speech to Text Captions

CART/AI CAPTIONING

Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART) is live captioning, an accommodation for the deaf and Hard of Hearing (HoH) who have difficulty hearing speech clearly. A stenographer (like a court reporter) sits in the meeting, either in person or remotely, and types everything that is said in real-time to be displayed on various types of screens for people with hearing loss to read. The majority of people with hearing loss are not part of Deaf culture, and do not know sign language. CART allows the HoH community full and equal access to communication at live speaking events in the same way that ASL interpretation does for the Deaf community.