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Technologies for Persons with Hearing Impairments

Instructors or instructional designers must give consideration to the needs of hearing impaired learners in the target population when designing instructional messages and strategies for education or training. Technologies for the hearing impaired include personal technologies (e.g., cochlear implants, hearing aids, wireless assistive listening systems), note taking and sign language interpreting services, captioned media, equipment with universal design features, and speech-to-text technologies for basic sensory access to information used to support learning. Learners with hearing impairments range in age and are different from one another with respect to hearing loss, language levels, first languages, socioeconomic circumstances, and additional disability conditions. These learners may benefit from well-designed visual or text representations of sound information and a variety of technologies and services to support their learning. ...

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