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
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