ERIC Number: ED235821
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Help! Libraries and the Hard of Hearing.
This transcript contains the text of three speeches on the problems of people with hearing impairments and the provision of library services to the hard of hearing. Howard Edward (Rocky) Stone, founder of Self-Help-For-Hearing-Impaired-People, Inc., describes his difficulties as a hearing impaired person, the growing number of Americans with hearing problems, the special needs of the deaf and the hard of hearing, the need for more research into loss of hearing, and the benefits of using an audioloop with hearing aids that contain telephone switches (T-switches). Andrea Wilson then discusses the special problems faced by hard of hearing people and ways in which librarians can help them overcome these problems. Background noise, difficulties in lipreading, and problems in telephone use are summarized. The special needs of hard of hearing librarians are also briefly mentioned. Finally, Karen Hopkins reviews five technological devices and developments for the hard of hearing, which should be considered for library purchase, including: (1) amplifying devices for headsets used in library listening and viewing stations; (2) the induction loop (audioloop) system discussed earlier by Rocky Stone; (3) closed-caption devices for television and captioned or interpreted video materials; (4) light devices, amplifiers, and other special devices for telephones; and (5) special emergency warning systems. (ESR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Transcript of papers presented at the Annual Conference of the American Library Association (Philadelphia, PA, July 1982).