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Need a technical solution to real world problem

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#1 pcnaive


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Posted 06 July 2013 - 01:47 AM

I have a 10 yo daughter who just joined the summer swim team at the local pool. She is deaf but before you ask, she can hear & speak with ha and ci and is completely oral (on dry land) and neither of us knows sign language so in the water she is deaf--- cannot hear the coach, cannot even see her to read lips because of the sun or distance. Right now I have a low tech white board and wax pencil crayon and I write down most of what the coach says as I follow her from end to end. It's very inefficient as you can imagine.

What kind of computer solutions could I utilize to help my daughter overcome her disadvantage in this setting?

Some ideas I've had:
Dragon dictation app on my iPhone 5. The drawbacks are a small keyboard/display & having to talk over the coach, delay between how fast I can 1 finger spell & then show it to her.

An iPad with Lifeproof case at one or each end with wireless keyboard. Is it possible to switch between two displays? Could I possibly also have one to see what im typing to be able to correct mistakes. If I mic the coach I could sit off to the side and transcribe although the mic may get wet. Use the accessibility invert colours option to be readable in sunlight & through goggles. It is bright at this outdoor pool! What writing app would I use? Notepad is the only thing I know.

Short of getting myself qualified as a CART stenographer is there some easier way to do this? Please suggest anything! It doesn't have to have an apple solution. It's just a springboard (ha! see what I did there?) I didn't know where else to start.

Looking forward your ideas. Thank you!

Edit: To add some clarification in case others may not know the shorthand used in the second sentence. HA means Hearing Aid/s and CI means Cochlear Implant. ~ Animal

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Posted 06 July 2013 - 10:30 PM

Are waterproof hearing aids not an option?

Very expensive, but I thought I would just throw the idea out there.
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Posted 11 July 2013 - 09:59 AM

Okay, I think I understand the base issues. A search on Google mostly finds a combination of sign language/gestures and lights being used, for things like when to jump from the starting line.


It sounds like you have a smart phone, iphone, so lets see if we can build on that and keep costs down, at least until you find a solution you like enough to build on that can be applied to more situations.


1. Have coach wear a normal BT headset paired to a tablet or laptop which will display the conversation on the screen using ASR or STT.

(This could also have a small LED TV attached for a larger screen on a fold-up table to hold it all.)

2. In-ear waterproof BT headset for added/additional support while in the water, assuming it works like a HA. Again the coach should be the one speaking into a BT phone or headset rather than the father. "Wavetooth Waterproof Bluetooth Headset Means You Can Swim and Talk"; "http://www.slashgear.com/wavetooth-waterproof-bluetooth-headset-means-you-can-swim-and-talk-finally-2799348/"


As most pools used to have a lot of rules when I was a kid the folding table setup would help with keeping power and equipment away from the pools edge so "the powers that be" don't block the idea. I also recall a lot of pools had an office with windows beside the pool so the TV could be setup in front of the window facing outward.


BT has a 30' range which isn't a lot but it's not bad either. As long as the setup is at the end where they huddle to meet or instruct. Won't matter for when she's actually swimming so much.


3. Portable Waterproof BT speaker, if she can hear it at pool side. (As it's a waterproof speaker on batteries it doesn't have power issues.) "Acoustic Research - Bluetooth Wireless Speaker" Sports travel model CAWSBTSK. I have one of these and they work great, have high volume, and they work from battery for 12+ hours and/or can be plugged in for direct power. The smart phone can be paired to the Coach's headset and the speaker. The speaker has a panel door that opens where the phone can be hidden. (Turns the speaker into a portable stereo.) "http://www.homedepot.ca/product/bluetooth-wireless-speaker-w-skinit-deal/813511" or "http://www.ebay.com/itm/Acoustic-Research-CAWSBTSK-Portable-Wireless-Bluetooth-or-Wired-Speaker-/290936984351".


All of the above would need to have the coachs cooperation and support to work but I can't see to many issues provided she has some/limited hearing for either the in-ear BT headset or the portable speaker at poolside. Otherwise the headset, laptop, TV, and table setup would be the best solution.


I wish you all the best and hope this has helped in some way if only to give you ideas which you might not have considered before now.




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