Telephone access for deaf people

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The telephone is the most important piece of personal communication technology in the home. It is a technology that is accessible to nearly all people - except those with hearing impairments. Speech recognition and synthesis technology might be used to make telephone communication between a deaf and a hearing person possible. The necessary speakerindependent speech recognition technology is not currently available, but this paper reports a study in which such technology was simulated in order to test the feasibility of such communication. The results demonstrate that such a system would be highly desirable, but it will not be feasible until speech recognition rates are greatly improved.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHome-Oriented Informatics and Telematics, Proceedings
EditorsA Sloane
Place of PublicationNEW YORK
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)0-387-25178-2
Publication statusPublished - 2005
EventConference on Home-Oriented Informatics and Telematics (HOIT 2005) - York
Duration: 13 Apr 200515 Apr 2005


ConferenceConference on Home-Oriented Informatics and Telematics (HOIT 2005)


  • accessibility
  • deafness
  • telephone use

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