Louder is not always better: assistive devices for people with hearing disabilities


Photo: A man with a hearing aid holds up his hands at an event to signal 'applause' in sign language; Copyright: Andi Weiland /

It is possible to make an event accessible for people with hearing disabilities. But it is not enough to use loudspeakers or headphones.

Diverse solutions – from T-coil to speech-to-text reporters

Photo: Woman with short hair and white top; text: "I am hearing impaired. Please speak slowly and clearly while looking at me. Please do not shout. Thank you!"; Copyright: SE / beta-web GmbH

Susanne Schmidt is the chairwoman of the North Rhine-Westphalia branch of the German Association for the Hearing Impaired.

Being open and approaching each other