A Speech to Text Reporter works to produce a verbatim record of events for the Deaf/hard of hearing client via the use of a phonetic keyboard. Information can be projected on a large screen (which is useful for large events such as conferences), or via smaller screens to enable individual viewing.

Reporters use either stenograph or palantype machines. Both are types of machine shorthand. Rather than typing every letter, reporters type “chords” – groups of keys that represent syllables or words. Trained STT reporters can type up to 220 words per minute – fast enough to keep up with the speed of speech.

Transcripts can also be requested at the time of booking. Speech to Text is frequently used by people who were born with hearing and have later experienced hearing loss or have become Deaf. It is appropriate for someone whose first or preferred language is English, and who is comfortable reading scrolling text from a computer screen.