A speech to text reporter (STTR) is sometimes called a palantypist or stenographer and provides communication support to people with hearing loss. They type every word that’s spoken in a meeting or conference, and the text appears in real time on a laptop screen for the person with hearing loss to read. A STTR uses a special keyboard to type every word that is spoken phonetically.
The phonetic version is then instantly ‘converted’ back into English and then appears on the computer or projected screen. This service is suitable for people who are comfortable reading English, and sometimes for up to a couple of hours at a time. At large events, information can be projected onto a big screen or several smaller screens around the room.
This service can be offered both face-to-face and remotely.