My thoughts on “Sound and WAY Beyond”

I’ve been curious about the Sound and WAY Beyond auditory training from Cochlear (one of the 3 cochlear implant brands).  Problem is, it’s $99 (maybe more since I’m not a Cochlear customer) and it doesn’t run on a Mac (believe it or not I’m not set up to run Windows on my Mac. I have never needed to!).  I do have a PC laptop for work that I could use, but still, it’s a lot of money to spend for something that might not really fit my needs anyway. So I was looking on the web for more information about this software when I came across something surprising.  A Free Demo version that I could download!  I’m not sure if this is an approved demo for distribution online or what the deal is, but I am very happy to have found...

Adding captions to online video content

A friend of mine on Twitter today was talking about a new venture of video on the internet. I piped up with a note about making video content accessible to those of us who can’t hear dialog. He said good point but where do we start? So this is a compilation of resources to answer that question. YouTube supports closed captions and video creators/uploaders can add them to their own content: Getting Started: Captions / Subtitles definition – YouTube Help But what if you want to caption someone else’s video? Like a movie trailer for example. Check out Overstream.net, they have a tool that lets you add the captions to their site but stream the content from another site. Other options include services that will provide captions or subtitles...

How to get song lyrics into your iPod

I’ve had a couple of people ask me how I’m having lyrics displayed on my iPhone/iPod. This is something that’s eluded me for a while now, so I thought I’d write it up. First off, you probably need to use iTunes for your music. Since iTunes is the easiest way to get music onto an iPod to being with you probably already have it. Inside of iTunes in the Info panel for each song (CTRL+I to view) you can change the title, album, track info. There is also a tab for Lyrics. Whatever is pasted into this Lyrics tab will display on your iPod. This page has a basic step-by-step guide for iPods: iTunes: Adding song lyrics to iPod (apple.com) So where do you find the lyrics? Generally a google search will turn them up. But doing that for every...

Music lately

I can’t get myself to start typing this because I’m listening to music on my iPhone (built in iPod) and I’ve managed to load lyrics to almost all of my 1500 some songs.  If I type then I can’t read along and the lyrics get lost. Music is sounding pretty good, even with just my CI.  The bass is a bit tinny… the vocals quite squawky, chipmunky but not high pitched. I can recognize Frank Sinatra as Frank Sinatra (very low voice). Songs that I know really well sound the best. For the curious this includes all the songs from RENT, a few Moxy Fruvous CDs and a couple of Phish songs… But not the Damien Rice album I bought right before my surgery… and not any of the albums that came from Don’s CDs. I’ve noticed in...

New videos from MedEl

The MedEl website has new testimonial videos posted… http://www.medel.com/US/img/videos/

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