On Making Oral Histories More Accessible

On Making Oral Histories More Accessible to Persons with Hearing Loss

by Brad Rakerd

(Forthcoming,  Oral History Review Volume 40 Issue 1 Summer:Fall 2013, Oxford University Press)


This essay recommends a series of steps that can be taken to make oral histories more accessible to persons who have hearing loss. Recommendations are offered for those who record oral history interviews and also for those who disseminate them. These recommendations are intended to mitigate some of the limitations on speech understanding that are experienced daily by the millions of people in the United States who have a hearing loss.

Key words: hearing impairment, hearing loss, listening effort, sign language


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