Configuring Windows XP for Users with Hearing Difficulties (XP Professional/Home)

Windows XP includes different accessibility features so that people with disabilities can also use the operating system. For example, you can configure the display so it is more readable for users with visual impairments.

Windows XP can also accommodate users with hearing impairments. You can configure the sound related accessibility features within the Control Panel. Simply double click the Accessibility Options applet and select the Sound tab.

If you want Windows XP to generate a visual warning when your computer makes a sound, place a check beside the Use SoundSentry option. You can then choose from one of three visual warnings:

  • Flash active caption bar
  • Flash active window
  • Flash desktop

If you want captions displayed for the sounds made by programs, place a check beside Use ShowSounds option. Click OK to apply your changes.