Auditory Scanning is a feature that can be used to give additional feedback to someone who uses the ChatBox 40-XT.  Auditory Scanning is particularly helpful for individuals who have limited vision or who simply benefit from an auditory feedback channel.

When the ChatBox 40-XT is set up for auditory scanning, it will speak a recorded prompt when you scan to a particular row and then each location in that row.  This will tell the device user where he/she is scanning on the keyboard.

Note: The XT model is required to allow for Auditory Prompting.

 Prior to Programming the Auditory Prompts

All auditory prompts for the ChatBox 40-XT must be recorded from a human voice.  Keep the following in mind when programming auditory prompts:

  • Each overlay has its own auditory prompts.  If you are using more than one overlay, you will need to record auditory prompts for each overlay.
  • You can record an auditory prompt for each key on the overlay.  If you do not program a prompt for a particular key, the ChatBox will give the customary beep when you scan to that location.
  • If you are using Row/Column Scanning, you can program a separate ‘row’ prompt that will be used when you are scanning through the rows.  If a separate row prompt is not recorded, the ChatBox 40-XT will substitute the prompt for the first key in the row as the ‘row’ prompt.

 To Program a Key Prompt:

  • Choose MENU
  • Choose NEXT until you see “Auditory Prompts”
  • Choose SELECT
  • Choose NEXT until you see ”Record auditory prompts for keys”
  • Choose SELECT
  • Press and hold the key while speaking the prompts into the microphone
  • Continue programming all of the prompts
  • Choose SELECT when finished and listen to the key prompts or choose MENU to exit

 To Listen to Key Prompts:

If already in the Auditory Prompts Menu, choose NEXT until you see “Listen to auditory prompts for keys”

 If not in the menu:

  • Choose MENU
  • Choose NEXT until you see “Auditory Prompts”
  • Choose SELECT
  • Choose Next until you see” Listen to auditory prompts for keys”
  •  Choose SELECT  (all keys with auditory prompts should be lit
  • Press a lighted key and listen to the prompt (test all keys)
  • Make any correction to the key prompts that might be needed by following the steps above or choose SELECT

To Record a Row Prompt:

  • Choose MENU
  • Choose NEXT until you see “Auditory Prompts”
  • Choose SELECT
  • Choose NEXT until you see ”Record auditory prompts for rows”
  • Choose SELECT
  • Press and hold any key in the row while speaking the prompts into the microphone
  • Continue programming all of the prompts
  • Choose SELECT when finished and listen to the row prompts or choose MENU to exit

 To Listen to row Prompts:

If already in the Auditory Prompts Menu, choose NEXT until you see “Listen to auditory prompts for rows”

If not in the menu:

  • Choose MENU
  • Choose NEXT until you see “Auditory Prompts”
  • Choose SELECT
  • Choose Next until you see” Listen to auditory prompts for rows”
  • Choose SELECT  (all rows with auditory prompts should be lit)
  • Press any key in a lighted row and listen to the prompt (test all rows)

Make any correction to the row prompt that might be needed by following the steps above or choose SELECT and then choose MENU to Exit

 Turn on the Auditory Prompts

  • Choose MENU
  • Choose NEXT until you see “Auditory Prompts”
  • Choose SELECT
  • Choose NEXT until you see ”Auditory Prompts – Current Settings:  Off”
  • Choose SELECT
  • Choose NEXT
  • choose SELECT to continue working with Auditory Prompts or MENU to exit

Choose to have the Auditory Prompts spoken through the ChatBox 40-XT speaker or a separate earphone

Your can either have the auditory prompts be spoken through the speaker on the ChatBox or you can plug an earphone into the top panel of the ChatBox 40-XT.  The earphone needs to be equipped with a 3.5mm mono plug and is plugged into the top panel.    To choose between speaker and earphone:

  • Choose MENU
  • Choose NEXT until you see “Auditory Prompts”
  • Choose SELECT
  • Choose NEXT until you see “Prompts Dest.-Current Settings: Speaker or Earphone”
  • Choose SELECT
  • Choose NEXT to change the setting
  • Choose MENU to exit

 Adjust the Auditory Prompt Volume

If you are speaking the auditory prompts through the ChatBox 40-XT speaker, they will be spoken at the same volume as your other recorded messages.  If you use a separate earphone, you can adjust the volume of the prompts by taking a small screwdriver and making an adjustment in the hole labeled below.

 

                                            Earphone    Earphone                                                   Speaker

                                                Jack         Volume                                                    Volume