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Transcribing Dictation

Accommodation options for transcribing taped material are limited. A Pressure Zone Microphone (PZM) attached to the recording device can be used to increase the quality of tape so a transcriber with hearing loss can be better able to understand the recorded information. Such a microphone can be obtained from a local Radio Shack. Direct audio-input devices, in-line amplifiers, sound equalizers, or amplified headsets may also be helpful for the transcriber. Some individuals have success with using the T-coil in their hearing aid in conjunction with wearing the existing headset just in front of their ear.

The function of wearing a telephone headset to perform essential job functions can be difficult for some individuals who wear hearing aids. Often times discomfort (feedback) is reported as being a problem because the telephone headset rests on top of or near the hearing aid the person may be wearing. Individuals may also have difficulty hearing the conversation on the telephone when using a headset. There is no particular headset that is designed or marketed as being compatible with hearing aids from the perspectives of comfort or amplification. Generally, the individual may have to try a couple of different headsets or ways of wearing the headset before they become comfortable using one. Accommodation suggestions include but are not limited to:

Difficulty hearing due to background noise or the need for amplification

Difficulty wearing headset due to discomfort or feedback

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