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Low-Vision Accessible Radios For Our Vision Impaired Listeners

Into Tomorrow HD Radio

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Jon in Stevensville, Michigan listens on News-Talk-Sports FM 94.9 WSJM and asked:

“I am blind and really enjoy listening to music. But my receiver is not very accessible to me. Is there any type of receiver maybe that is voice controlled or anything like that?”

There are some radios specifically designed to be more accessible without the use of sight.

The Insignia Narrator Advanced HD Radio is one of them, it will cost you $99, but it is not voice controlled. Instead it works by letting the users know what buttons they’re pressing or what functions they’re accessing.

Our own Into Tomorrow branded HD radios have that same function

Our own Into Tomorrow branded HD radios have that same function, we can send you one of those, but they are small so you will probably want to connect them to more powerful speakers if you want to listen to music.

Another option that may be useful to you could be to use your smartphone to play your music for you.

Both Apple and Android let you use your voice to select music. With Apple’s Music service you can call up just about any song you want, or if you’d rather not pay for as a subscription you can ask it to play stations for you, on both Apple and Android you can request songs stored on the phone, and on Android some 3rd party apps will let you start stations using your voice.

Ironically enough, those little glass bricks have become more low vision accessible than most devices with individual buttons.

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Written by Dave Graveline

Dave Graveline is the founder, Host & Executive Producer of "Into Tomorrow" in addition to being President of the Advanced Media Network".

Dave is also a trusted and familiar voice on many national commercials & narrations in addition to being an authority in consumer tech since 1994. He is also a former Police Officer and an FBI Certified Instructor.

Dave thrives on audience participation!

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