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Are there any posters to this forum who are hearing-impaired and depend on closed-captioning? I have lost the hearing in one ear and wear an aid in the other. Without CC, I'm lost. I might hear about one-fourth of the dialogue.

For a very long time, I have occasionally contacted TCM, complaining about so many movies not being captioned and I always get the same answer: We're working on it. Even when the movie is captioned, the interviews are not. I miss so much and it is very frustrating.

Today, I thought I struck gold. The Osborne interview with the four child stars was on and it was captioned! I was thrilled and wanted to send my thanks. Then I saw the notation that it was filmed in 2006.

If they can do it in 2006, why not now?

Movies in theaters are out for me, as are plays, etc. So television is my only performing entertainment. And I much prefer good movies to bad sitcoms, "reality" programming, or poor drama.

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Hi Ralph. A few years ago I bought a stereo hi-fi that has an "Aux" input, and my TV has an A/V output, so I can run my TV sound into my stereo and turn the volume up all the way and hear the sound.

 

If your TV has audio output sockets, maybe you could do the same.

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Though I often have some serious ringing in my ears, I'm not hearing-impaired. But I often don't catch what someone says, and if I recorded it, I rewind and hit the mute button. I don't ever remember CC not working on any TCM movies. Maybe I was just lucky and watching the right ones.

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My 85 year old mother is also deaf in one ear and is supposed to wear a hearing aid in the other but she gets frustrated with it and never wears it. My sister bought her something called "tv ears" which is basically a cordless head set. She seems to like it and her doctor okayed its use. It was very easy to set up.

 

I have some hearing loss myself (too much loud music in my youth) so I have trouble hearing some films. I rely only on the television speaker but I've been considering some kind of stereo speaker set up. When I have trouble hearing a movie I use a set of headphones with a long extension cord I purchased at Radioshack.

 

As for close captioning it seems our newest tv will close-caption anything even if it 's an old cassette I recorded off TCM years ago. It sometimes gets the words jumbled though. It seems the television itself is doing the captioning instead of the particular channel. Is that possible?

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I can understand her getting frustrated with the hearing aid,and the whole thing in general.. I can still hear mostly anyways.... I have the surround sound hooked up on my tv. I have it set up so the audio goes straight to the receiver no matter whats playing. For many years I had the audio going to my old regular stereo with the 3 ft high tower speakers, Now, That made some SOUND !!!

Depending on on how old your tv is, it probably has audio out rca jacks on it, Or depending on how you get your signal, you could run the audio right from the source, cable box, sat receiver ect. if it has the jacks that would be best. If your watching TCM, your not getting a off air signal. At the very least getting a cheap surround system and putting the back speakers near where your mother sits might help, and you probably find the sound sounds better... I don't know much about the closed captioning you could do some research on it. There might even be a little box you cold ad that would do the closed captioning..

 

Depending on on how old your tv is, it probably has audio out rca jacks on it, Or depending on how you get your signal, you could run the audio right from the source, cable box, sat receiver ect. if it has the jacks that would be best. If your watching TCM, your not getting a off air signal. At the very least getting a cheap surround system and putting the back speakers near where your mother sits might help, and you probably find the sound sounds better... I don't know much about the closed captioning you could do some research on it. There might even be a little box you cold ad that would do the closed captioning..

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Thanks for the info. Both of our televisions have the audio out jacks and we both have digital cable boxes. I think I will definitely get some sort of surround sound system for myself. I will look into a good system for my mom as well. Her television is brand new but the sound seems particularly weak. I've found myself edging the volume up into the seventies on some stations and my hearing isn't that bad. Of course I will have to sneak it in and set it all up while she's not there or else I'll have to endure the "oh you don't have to go to all this trouble for me" speech.

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LOL I understand.. The next big hurtle will be getting her used to the new set-up once its up and going. Look into a home theater in a box system, You can get something pretty good.. Depending on your budget.. of course.. There are a number of things I would look for in choosing a system depending on techy you are. If you like, email me off list and I'll give you some ideas of what I'd look for to get most for your money and almost as importantly future-proofing your system to handle new stuff a don't forget you want to make it as easy for your mother as possible.. I believe my email address is in my profile. Also I have several articles about tvs and other tech issues in my blog you'll have to go back into the archice to find them, the link for the blog is

kenenthlawson.blogspot.com/

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Thanks for the help. I may take you up on that. I will definitely check out your blog. I just did some minimal research and your right there is a lot to consider, particually with regards to upgrading for new technology. I'm not very techy. Thanks again.

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Thanks, my pleasure, I'm always glad to throw in my 2-cents worth... lol I look forward to your email and any questions you may have, I'll do my best to give you at least a good place to start learning from.. Find my Blog Article "All I wanted To Do was Buy a New TV" I think it was back in Oct, Also theres are a couple of other articles that should interest you.. if you have any questions email me..

 

Ken

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I'm stubbon enough that I have used my hearing aids since day one...many years ago. I've also tried all kinds of "ears" headsets, etc., etc. My aid is top-of-the-line and I'm told I can't hope for more. I have an appointment with an ear specialist in March, hoping there that I maybe I can hope for more, after all.

When it comes to fooling around with plugs in the television, I'm afraid my screen name has misrepresented my gender. Ralph is female, and a female who is technically challenged.

I'm also teed off that, with all the other technological advances in television, closed captioning is a step-child. I guess it will take a CEO who is hearing-impaired to step up to the plate.

I'd love to see some type of format for closed-captioning for movies...the kind you go to a movie house to watch. I've forgotten how movies look on big screens. Blockbuster and closed-captioned television movies are all I have.

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Hello, RalphGill. No one should have to do without that wonderful movie theatre experience. Here are some links that might be of interest to you. I hope you can find a nearby theatre that uses some form of captioning.

 

find local open-captioned movies

http://www.bolingbroke.com/movies/

MoPix motion picture access

http://ncam.wgbh.org/mopix/nowshowing.html

Captioning Web

http://www.captions.org/theater.cfm

Insight Cinema

http://www.insightcinema.org/

JoeClark media access mailing list

http://joeclark.org/axxlist.html

Center for Hearing Loss Help

http://www.hearinglosshelp.com/articles/captionedmovies.htm

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I don't use closed captioning yet but......

 

Is it just me or do others get frustrated with the sound in TCM documentaries? What I mean is that the narration is on one track and the movie clips are on another. Can't hear the narration so up goes the volume, movie clip comes on and I'm racing for the remote to turn it down.

 

Also the way newer movies are sound recorded it's difficult to hear the dialogue. I mean the "new" movies of the 60's and after. The first rule should be that we hear the actors!

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Thank you so much. I copied down all of the websites and will try to get to all of them today. It never ceases to amaze me how people like you can come up with information so quickly. I've been searching for help for so long. Do you happen to know who the CEO of TCM is and how to reach him? (I assume it's a him).

I'm one generation removed from catching on so quickly to all of the technology of today. I used to think a typewriter was the ultimate! And I remember the first time I saw a television show. I stood frozen in front of the tiny screen, hardly believing my eyes. No way would I ever have imagined today's world.

Again....thanks.

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Right on Ralph. A lot of people are dependent on CC to get any meaning out of movies or TV programs. I am severely hard of hearing in both ears and an vertually deaf without my hearing aids. I gave up going to movies a number of years ago because I just don't hear enough even with the aids in. The hard of hearing devices in the theaters don't help much.

 

I too wish that the interviews and Robert Osborn's segments were CC.

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