As a speech to text reporter (STTR) I provide communication support to deaf people or people with a hearing loss.
During a meeting or conference I type the spoken word. That text appears on a laptop screen for a person with a hearing loss to read. At large events, text can be projected onto a big screen or several smaller screens around the room.
This speech to text service is suitable for people who are comfortable reading English, often at high speed and sometimes for up to a couple of hours at a time.
SPEECH TO TEXT DEVICES
Two commonly used devices for providing speech to text for English transcriptions is the Palantype or the Stenograph. Both are electronic shorthand keyboards. The STTR types words phonetically and the computer software converts the produced text back into English text.
Also available for speech to text, and used primarily in The Netherlands, is the Velotype. This is the keyboard that I use. By pressing several keys simultaneously, complete syllables and words can be made.
GOOD TO KNOW
When hired for speech to text services, providing materials in advance is highly reccomended.
Send copies of papers, teaching materials or any other relevant information timely for preparation. This enables the STTR to provide the most accurate transcription.
Make sure the workplace is accommodating for speech to text services. For example, check if there is a need to link up monitors. Also make sure the STTR has access to good quality audio.
Although most speech-to-text reporting is done face to face, it is possible to offer remote services using screenshare software.