iPad Settings for the Hearing Impaired

If you are hard of hearing, your iPad offers several options to make it easier to use. iPad (and iTunes) offer closed captioning and subtitles. Both display captions at the bottom of the screen so you can read what's being said.

Even if you're not hard of hearing, closed captioning can be useful if you are watching a movie or video in a place that's particularly noisy.

How to set up subtitles and captioning

Closed captioning and subtitles help folks with hearing challenges enjoy entertainment and educational content.

  1. On the Accessibility Settings screen (refer to Figure 4-6), tap Subtitles and Captioning.

  2. On the Subtitles & Captioning screen, shown in the following figure, tap the On/Off button to turn on Closed Captions and SDH (Subtitles for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing).

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  3. Tap the Style setting, and choose the Default style, large text, classic which looks like a typewriter font, or Create a New Style to personalize the font, size, and color for your captions.

How to manage other hearing settings

A couple of hearing accessibility settings are simple on/off settings, including these:

  • Use Mono Audio: Using the stereo effect in headphones or a headset breaks up sounds so that you hear a portion in one ear and a portion in the other ear, simulating the way that your ears process sounds. If there's only one channel of sound, that sound is sent to both ears. If you're hard of hearing or deaf in one ear, however, you're picking up only a portion of the sound in your hearing ear, which can be frustrating. If you have such hearing challenges and want to use the iPad with a headset connected, you should turn on Mono Audio. When that setting is turned on, all sound is combined and distributed to both ears.

  • Have iPad Speak Auto-text: The Speak Auto-text feature speaks autocorrections and autocapitalizations. (You can turn on both these features on the Keyboard Settings screen.) When you enter text in an app such as Notes or Mail, the app makes either type of change, while Speak Auto-text lets you know what change was made.

Why would you want the iPad to tell you whenever an autocorrection has been made? If you have vision challenges, and you know that you typed ain't when writing dialogue for a character in your novel, but the iPad corrected that word to isn't, you want to know. Similarly, if your grandson's girlfriend's name is SUNshine (don't worry, he'll break up with her soon), autocapitalization corrects it (incorrectly), you need to know immediately so that you can change it back.

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