a11yTips — Avoid background sounds when sharing audio files

Avoid background sounds when sharing audio files

no. 135

Make sure audio files that contain speech information don’t have background sounds

While some best practices for accessible audio content suggest that background sounds should be at least 20 decibels lower than any foreground speech, there is always a fair probability that background sounds, whether it comes from music, people talking, etc. will create challenges for some users with hearing impairments. Any information that conflicts with the main audio track is another potential source of distraction or another potential barrier to intelligibility. In order to reliably ensure that audio files will be as [...]

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