Accessible medias for people with hearing loss
Conference name
Media for All 8
EFHOH is European Federation of Hard of Hearing people (HoH). We represent 52+ million HoH people in EU. In geographic Europe more than 80 million HoH. EFHOH would like to give an overview on standards within the needs for people with hearing loss. HoH people use both audiological treatments as hearing aids (HA), Cochlear Implants (CI) and Bone Anchored Hearing Systems (BAHS). Further amplification can be achieved via Assistive Listening Systems (ALS) which connects to HA/CI/BAHS.

For many HoH people amplified sound does support use of hearing but it is still not enough to follow communication and information sufficiently. We need speech to text interpreting (STTI) and subtitling to support the hearing, we have.
Is live STTI/subtitling available for HoH people in the Medias common in use? And what are the standards? This will be the focus of this presentation.

In the beginning of 2019 EFHOH will carry out a survey among members on how HoH people’s needs within accessibility are met and present this survey on the Media for All Conference 2019 in Stockholm.

On www.efhoh.org there are already surveys regarding subtitling carried out in 2011 and 2015.
How has development been regarding accessibility for HoH people? What has been achieved, what is still to work on?

We will present standards already agreed on within needs of people with hearing loss as well as the legal framework.
Is legal framework being followed? Which initiatives have been taken in EU and EFHOH members states to promote the need of STTI/subtitling for HoH people.

(1) What legal framework is needed to implement full accessibility via ALS and STTI/subtitling in societies?
(2) Is legal framework enough? Do societies need to promote accessibility and STTI/subtitiling in other ways too?
(3) If so: What can be – and needs to be – done to implement legislation in this respect?

Maybe some countries will show good standards, that others can follow as well as good ways to work on implementing accessibility for HoH people in society?

We will describe, what is needed to focus and work on in common as well as at national levels and share the good examples from different countries throughout Europe.
Submitted by Irene Tor on Mon, 08/07/2019 - 05:20