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Hearing impairment

If you have an auditory disability you may have trouble hearing sounds on your computer.

If someone loses their hearing after acquiring language skills, they can come across the following accessibility barrier on a web page:

  • Audio with no subtitles or textual transcription, depending on the context.

If you lost your hearing before you acquired language skills, the disability is frequently linked to problems with speaking, affecting your perception and understanding of sound information, and often of written information as well. This means that the following accessibility barriers are likely to be added to the barrier mentioned above:

  • Lack of sign language content.
  • Insufficient icons or pictograms that help to understand the textual content.
  • Texts with an abundance of less frequently used terms and jargon, complex syntax or excessively long sentences, as this type of user normally uses a relatively limited vocabulary.

To be able to use accessible web pages you need a simple vocabulary, short sentences, with diagrams for lengthy blocks of information, textual information based on images, subtitles or textual transcription of audio, etc.