Can You Hear Me? No? Do You Read? Yes? Captions Capture Communications!

October 13, 2014 § 2 Comments

Nothing cures hearing loss! That’s still the reality.

Hearing aids do not cure hearing loss – and they are expensive. Many never use their hearing aids even if they have them. Ever wonder why? They don’t help enough for many.

FM systems are not terribly expensive, and some of us have tried many of them (costs adding up!). They help some people, but do not help everyone.

Looping is not cheap. It helps some, but not all. There are issues, and it’s mainly for folks with hearing aids. Get the problem?

CAPTIONING is heaven. It costs, yes. We’re worth it. What does it cost to exclude anyone? To exclude one in five globally? To offer your programs without captioning? It costs too much NOT to include captioning if you care about what you are doing and if you care about serving your community.

People who need captioning are good people. They have many talents! They may become a huge asset to your group if they are included.

If you are part of any group, it’s important to budget for live captioning for your meetings, and for your media (videos). Build it into your annual expenses. Raise money for it. Figure out how. Work at it. Inclusion and access is the right thing to do.

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And! For eligible official non-profits, CCAC will get you started with up to three hours of free live captioning for your next meeting. CCAC will pay the captioning provider for you.

Captioning is the world’s language. Devices such as aids, loops, and other systems, even implants, they are not language. They do not serve all. Captioning serves all who can read. It also teaches reading! Ask for the captioning you need now. Show others, Help them understand. It’s not too expensive.


§ 2 Responses to Can You Hear Me? No? Do You Read? Yes? Captions Capture Communications!

  • Perfect description and this is the discourse I always use when I explain people about the benefits of captioning at STAGETEXT as hearing loss/deafness is widely misunderstood. Everyone thinks loops is the solution to the problem, well yes it helps those who need amplification and able to make out the sounds and recognize the words.As you say there are many whose hearing loss/deafness does not allow them to recognize words no matter how loud or clear the background is. The captions helps one to process what is being heard.

    • ls says:

      Thanks Deepa – good to have your voice here also.

      While we all aim to explain this, in better ways, maybe we can still brainstorm and develop some even stronger short lines to convince so many who ignore us. Or to reach those who are convinced that hearing aids (or sign language!) is what is needed. I did not mention signing in the blogpost – yet so many think that most people with hearing loss use SL and this of course is a total myth (a small proportion of millions do – being very generous, ten percent or less of mega-millions).

      STAGETEXT has done an amazingly good job in the UK, and there are theater captions in several theaters in the USA also (yet not nearly enough – e.g. of course the size of the country is a big factor also).

      While being supportive and respectful of the other resources (devices) for some, we know there are “deep pockets” that market all these devices regularly – and there don’t seem to be the same (deep pockets) for quality Captioning. This is something the international CCAC invites ideas about – discussion – any input to raise awareness, educate, and advocate together (captioning consumers, providers, and others who understand the needs for access for all).

      Perhaps the captioning profession (or industry) is too dispersed – fragmented even. We all know there is significant competition (cut throat at times). There are different varieties of captioning – all vital in our view – so an added challenge may be to come together better.

      Final thought here – being a “profession” instead of a “device” may work against us? Food for thought.

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