Tuesday

GPS for the Hard of Hearing

Technology is slowing catching up to speed for the deaf/hard of hearing community.  More online videos are being captioned, theaters are beginning to embrace captioning via special glasses and rear window captioning, and almost all television programs have captioning.  Despite this progress, there is still a lot of room for improvement.  Whenever I encounter a situation that remains in the dark ages as far as accessibility, I try my best to improve it:

I’ve always felt a slight twinge of jealousy whenever I see one of my friends plug a GPS unit into their car.  I can never hear the electronic voice coming from these navigation devices, and resigned myself to using printouts from Google Maps.  I was riding with John when the following conversation ensued:


Me:  “What is that?  GPS on your PHONE?”


John:  “Of course.”


Me:  “Seriously?  You can hear and understand it over road noise?”


John:  “I’m not hard of hearing, Cindy.”


Me:  “I wish there were GPS units for the deaf and hard of hearing.”


John:  “There is a GPS unit for the deaf and hard of hearing.”


Me:  “Really?”


John:  “It’s called a map!”


The following month, I bought a car with an auxiliary jack.  And after that, I bought a smartphone with navigation software.  By plugging my phone into the auxiliary jack, and turning the car speakers up to the maximum volume, I have the loudest GPS setup in the entire United States.  Now I need to demonstrate it to some normal hearing people.  Anyone up for a ride?



2 comments:

Jeffrey Swartz said...

Cindy, don't worry we can hear it from here no need to ride in the car with you (j/k). Yeah, I haven't tried my Google Navigation yet with my hearing aids. Good idea.

Cindy Dixon said...

Try it and let us know how it works for you!