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Designing User Interfaces for an Aging Population by Kate Finn, Jeff Johnson

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Chapter 5

Hearing and Speech

Abstract

Describes common age-related changes in hearing and speech. Presents research-based design guidelines to help older people overcome those changes, allowing them to use digital technology productively and enjoyably.

Keywords

Digital technology; Guidelines; Hearing; Older adults; Speech
 
In the early days of personal computers—the 1970s and 1980s—audio output was limited to beeps and start-up chimes. Audio input, mainly speech, did not exist outside of research labs. Even with the meteoric rise of the Internet and Web in the 1990s, audio output remained limited—confined largely to games—and audio input was practically nonexistent. The early Web was mainly visual for output and keyboard-and-pointer controlled for ...

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