Computer Help for Hearing Impairments

Computers can be a great thing in our lives, but if you’re like me, I can’t hear as well as I once could. These tips will help you if you have hearing impairments. Read on. .. ..

Clicking the Use text or visual alternatives for sounds link near the bottom of the Ease of Access Center presents many options for hearing impairments.

These help with hearing impairments by replacing little sound effects and other auditory alerts and visual ones.

You can Turn on visual notifications for sounds (Sound Sentry), by choosing the option which replaces the little beeps and other sounds that alert hearing people to events with visual alerts.

Choose visual warning. This lets you choose how large you want the warning to be, ranging from none at all to flashing the entire desktop.

Turn on text captions for spoken dialog (when available). Choosing this option is similar to turning on closed captions on a TV. Spoken text is displayed onscreen as written text whenever possible.

Ease of Access options are no different from options you choose in dialog boxes. When you activate a feature, Vista assumes you mean it. Any features you activate will remain activated through the current session and into all future sessions. There isn’t a “just experimenting” or “just kidding” mode where they turn themselves off automatically after a while.

To further complicate things, there are lots of ways to turn these things on or off. And if you don’t remember where you turned a feature on, turning it off could be a little tricky. If you have trouble turning off some features, first clear all the check marks at the top of the Ease of Access Center. Then open the first item under “Explore all settings.” Clear the check boxes for features you don’t want, then click Save. Then do the same for all the remaining links under the “Explore all settings” section until you’ve turned off everything you don’t need.

There you have it! If you have any additional comments or suggestions that will benefit this article, please use the comment section below. Me and my readers would love hearing from you. Should you have questions, ask away, and I will respond as soon as I see it. Thank you for your time today.

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