Lesson 4: Configurng for Audio Access

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In this lesson, we will overview the various options for providing audio access to myMMX db.  There are two areas of audio access you need to be aware of:  JAWS audio and In-Call audio.  Both will rely on system devices to proide both input and output audio.

System Devices:

If you wish to rely on audio to enhance your experience with myMMX db, you will need speakers (for output) and a microphone (for input.)   In many cases, both components may already be built-in to your computer.

If either of these devices are not available on your computer, you may need to purchase these devices.  If there are no speakers, there is a possibility you may also need to install a sound card.  Please consult a systems expert who can help you determine what components you need to install.

An add-on speaker or microphone can be connected either through USB, a jack, or through bluetooth.   Again, we advise you to consult a systems expert to review your computer if you are unfamiliar with how to choose and add devices.

Optionally, some users may prefer to have a headset that includes a microphone.  This gives them additional privacy so no one else can listen in on their call.   A headset can be defined as an external tradtional device or an FM Loop system that has bluetooth connectivity to your computer and your hearing aid.

JAWS Audio:

If you are using the JAWS screen reader, you might prefer to use it with audio speech rather than braille mode.   This allows you to navigate your program by listening to JAWS tell you where you are presently on your computer.

JAWS offers many settings to control speech output.   JAWS can even read the RTT text on your screen out loud, enabling you to listen to the typed text.

If you will be using JAWS audio, the keyboard commands for using JAWS shown at the end of the previous lesson on Braille configuration will work the same for audio users.

Why Use JAWS Audio?:

Some users who are hard-of-hearing may not have any vision left to read text on screen and/or may not know how to use braille.  In addition, depending on hearing loss it may be difficult to understand human voices in a telephone call.   This can be impacted by accents, unfamiliar voices, low speech, high speech, etc.

JAWS audio provides a comfortable and familiar voice that is consistent across all calls.  JAWS allows you to control the speed, pitch and tone of its speech output.   In short, you are able to configure a voice as closely to what you need as possible.   Consult your JAWS documentation for pecific configuration options.

In-Call Audio:

In-Call audio is the environmental sounds and human voices you hear during a call.  You will be able to hear the other party’s voice as well as any environmental sounds, such as background noises or keyboards clicking.

If you have multiple speaker sysems or microphones attached to your computer, you may need to go into myMMX db settings to select the default devices to use.  To do this:

  1.  In myMMX db, press F5 to go to the Settings Menu.
  2. Press Tab key until you hear “Select Audio Input Device”.
  3. Use up or down arrow keys to select your preferred microphone.
  4. Press Tab key again to go to “Select Audio Output Device.”
  5. Use up or down arrow keys to select the speaker system you want to use.
  6. Close myMMX db by pressing Alt + F4.  Then restart myMMX db.

Additionally, there are settings to adjust sound quality during in-call audio.  You can find these settings by following these steps:

  1.  Press F5 to go to the Settings Menu.
  2. Press Shift + Tab to view Settings sections.
  3. Press the Right arrow key until you hear “Media tab.”
  4. Press Tab key once.

The first option you will hear is “Use Audio”.  If you do not want any audio interaction at all, make sure this checkbox is empty by pressing space bar.

If you do want to use audio, pressing Tab again, you will see additional options relating to sound quality such as enabling noise cancellation and noise gain threshold.  There are three different options to choose from.  You will need to experiment with each one or in combination until you find the right setting that works best for you.

We suggest you restart myMMX db, each time you change a setting.

In-call Commands:

During a call, you might want to temporarily disable speakers, microphone or even JAWS. speech.   For example, you might want to disable the microphone briefly while you talk to a friend in your room privately.   Below are the commands that will be helpful to you:

  • Toggle JAWS speech on/off:  Insert + Space Bar
  • Toggle in-call sound on/off: Ctrl + N
  • Toggle microphone on/off: Ctrl + Shift + N

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