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I skippered a boat for survey and sea trial recently. The very nice couple buying the boat are both profoundly deaf.

They have hearing aids but are heavily dependent on lip reading.

Is there anything I can suggest to them to help use the VHF radio effectively? I don't have any experience here.

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Wow, I've got to give them credit for giving it a shot.
Just last month, while beating in a bit of wind I heard a low pop while on the helm. Not sure what it was, I sent Nikki out on deck to see what, or even if, it was anything. Turns out the webbing that holds the halyard ring on the head of the Yankee had failed.
I so depend on hearing what's going on that I don't allow headphones on the person on watch.
I wish them well.

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I am just tring to imagine a US Coast Guard transmission being played into a Speech to Text program on the computer.
I dont think I have ever understood one message of theirs: "thisistheuscoastguardnewyorkwithareportofasinkingb oatnear(mumble)keepashartlookoutbreak)"
There is no way I am sinking in the USA!

So thats how they could receive.

To send messages they can use DSC either to a single ship with a AIS receiver intregal to the VHF giving the MMSI. But I dont know if theres a fast way to type the text? Doing it manually into the VHF would take forever.

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I skippered a boat for survey and sea trial recently. The very nice couple buying the boat are both profoundly deaf.

They have hearing aids but are heavily dependent on lip reading.

Is there anything I can suggest to them to help use the VHF radio effectively? I don't have any experience here.
Some radios now enable users to connect with Bluetooth headphones/earbuds. Might be worth trying.

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Some radios now enable users to connect with Bluetooth headphones/earbuds. Might be worth trying.
Donna beat me to it. There are bluetooth enabled devices designed for the hearing impaired on the water.

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Donna beat me to it. There are bluetooth enabled devices designed for the hearing impaired on the water.

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Brilliant. Thank you.

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