Video Optimization for the Hearing Impaired

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January 29, 2015 at 2:56 pm  •  Posted in Best Practices, Delivery, Structure, Tools by  •  0 Comments

Videos accompanied by transcripts dramatically improve the ability of hearing-disabled individuals to meaningfully experience and “hear” the essence of videos. In noisy workplace environments where increasing the volume does not compensate for hearing disabilities, transcripts can also help ensure everyone receives the same, accurate information as relayed by the video.

Benefits of Providing Transcripts for the Hearing Impaired
With nearly 30 percent of the population suffering from varying degrees of hearing loss, offering transcripts to accompany videos, webinars and other online presentations distinguishes them from other multimedia entities and attracts those who may not otherwise watch something that does not provide a written summary. In addition, videos with transcripts improves view times and engagement rates by enabling people in sound-sensitive conditions to view a video online presentation without disturbing others.

Learning Styles and the Advantages of Transcripts
Clinical research into learning styles has discovered that even people without sensory or learning disabilities benefit from transcripts that accompany verbally rich videos. Not only do transcripts improve retention of information but they also eliminate the need to re-watch a video or webinar to acquire information the viewer feels they might have missed.

The Impact of Visual Accompaniments
Transcripts of all presentation types–from videos and webinars to slideshows and PowerPoint’s– spontaneously enhance the presentation by providing everyone with a visual accompaniment that reinforces the presentation’s content and message. Occupational therapists, speech therapists, school instructors, caregivers and anyone who works with people requiring specialized services will be actively progressing the capacity of that person to understand, learn and absorb all sorts of valuable information.

Transcripts Provide Accurate Details of Missed Meetings
Hearing impaired people who retain less than 30 percent of their hearing often have difficulty listening to lectures given in spacious rooms due to echoing and dispersion of sound waves. Providing transcripts to those who attend these meetings makes it much easier for them to understand the lecture without straining to hear. Important sections of transcripts can also be highlighted to ensure readers do not skim over meaningful parts.

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