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Podcast Pontifications

255 EpisodesProduced by Evo TerraWebsite

Podcasting needs to be made better, not just easier. Because after 15 years, less than a quarter of the population listen to podcasts regularly. While new business models, discovery apps, and content curators will evolve, much of the responsibility --and work-- falls on us, the working podcaster. Th… read more

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Hearing Loss, Accessibility, and Your Podcast [Episode 212]

Why am I pumped about making podcasts accessible for those of us with hearing loss? (Hint: it’s the word “us” in that sentence.)

This may come as a shock, but people with hearing loss listen to podcasts. Or rather, we listen to podcast made by conscientious podcast creators who work hard to make sure their content -- all of it -- is accessible to those of us with less-than-perfect hearing.

I assume all the dialogue you wrote for your episode is important, right? Too bad I can’t hear some of it, so I’ll never know.

You know that noisy world you live in? We do, too. And that noisy world isn’t something you can avoid. Neither can we. So if you’re designing your content for someone sitting down with perfect headphones in an anechoic chamber, you’re limiting your audience. You do want to grow your audience, right?

More bad news: making your audio accessible to the hearing impaired isn’t a push-button or after-the-fact solution. Software is advancing fast, but you still need to use proper techniques inside your episodes to make sure people like me can hear all your hard work. Transcripts alone aren’t enough. Nor is making sure to export at -16 LUFS. Yes, you should do both of those things. But you need to do other things too.

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Speaking of accessibility, here’s where you can find a re-written in-depth article based on the audio of the episode: http://podcastpontifications.libsyn.com/hearing-loss-accessibility-and-your-podcast

Podcast Pontifications is published by Evo Terra four times a week and is aimed at the working podcaster. The purpose of this show is to make podcasting better, not just easier.

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