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YouTube expands automatic captions

Captioning in six additional languages will help more hearing impaired people when using YouTube.happy-5th-birthday-youtube--501ecffedf

Automatic captioning is the process of providing text or other interpretive or additional information for hearing impaired people through a television or other visual display. The captions offer hearing impaired people a baseline transcript of what is going on, for instance in a YouTube video.

The video-sharing site YouTube already generates automatic captions in English, Japanese, Korean and Spanish. YouTube is improving and expanding its already existing automatic captions with an additional six European languages.

These languages include German, Italian, French, Portuguese, Russian and Dutch and will bring YouTube’s total number of languages within its automatic captioning service up to 10.

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With the current languages, YouTube viewers are able to click the “CC” button in the lower right-hand corner of eligible videos.

The quality of the captions on the site can also be improved via specific editing tools, which content creators can use. Creators can also upload their own scripts or transcripts to sync with videos on the site.

With the expansion, YouTube is able to reach even more hearing impaired people with its automatic captioning service.


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About Adam Bernstein

Adam Bernstein is the owner of The Hearing Professionals, Milwaukee's premier hearing healthcare facility. As the owner of The Hearing Professionals, Mr. Bernstein has over 20 years of experience in the hearing healthcare industry. He began his career in 1995 at GN Danavox, one of the largest hearing aid manufacturers in the world. After leaving Danavox, Mr. Bernstein opened two hearing healthcare offices in Chicago, IL. In 2001 he moved to Milwaukee, WI and opened The Hearing Professionals. In 2008 he added a second Wisconsin office in the town of Brookfield. Today The Hearing Professionals is the largest private audiology practice in SE Wisconsin. Mr. Bernstein has written numerous articles on hearing healthcare which has appeared in newspapers throughout the country and has been interviewed by news programs regarding advances in the hearing industry. Mr. Bernstein a member of Unitron’s Customer Advisory Board and a graduate of The University of Minnesota. You can email him at and you can visit The Hearing Professionals at

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  1. I wish I lived near your office so I could come to you. So much information. Thank you!


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