At least once per quarter, we like to offer our clients some tips for a better user experience. In the past, we've covered topics like creating templates, customizing foot pedal settings, word correction, and going hands free. This time, I have put together a few tips on a range of subjects that will help you with VoiceOver and keep you ready to tackle cases for the coming months.
Mic check 1, 2…
Good audio quality starts with the microphone. If you are having trouble with your recognition, there are two easy steps you can take: run the Audio Set-up Wizard or optimize your sound properties in Windows.
Audio Set-up Wizard:
The main cause of recognition trouble is a microphone that is not calibrated properly. That's why the first thing we will recommend you do is run the Audio Set-up Wizard. It's also a good idea to run the wizard any time you change your settings, your hardware (headset, mic, etc), or your physical environment.
- On the VoiceOver toolbar, click on Tools – Audio Setup Wizard
- Select the microphone that is installed for your workstation and click next
- Follow the Audio Setup Wizard and complete the instructions displayed on the screen
- For more detailed instructions, please visit the Voicebrook Success Community where you can find screenshots and a step by step guide to running the Audio Setup Wizard
If your volume is not set to max on your microphone, you may find yourself raising the volume of your voice as you dictate. No one likes shouting for hours at a time, so let's dive into your settings.
- Navigate to Control Panel – Sound – Recording
- Select the microphone that is setup for your workstation
- Click on ‘Properties’ – located on the bottom right
- Within the microphone properties, click on ‘Levels’ tab
- Make sure the headset microphone is set to 100
After you successfully change your settings, remember to go back and run the Audio Set-up Wizard again.
“It Keeps Going, and Going, and Going”
Speaking of microphones, if you use a wireless mic in the gross room, you will need reliable batteries that keep going and going. We offer rechargeable batteries that can be used and reused hundreds of times before needing replacing. To get the most out of your rechargeable batteries, check out my previous blog on how to make your rechargeable batteries last longer, or if your batteries are not keeping a charge, you can read our tips in the Success Community.
The Power of Habit for Your Workflow
Humans are wired to work in habit loops; they allow us to perform routine tasks with little effort from our brain. Sometimes, though, our routine changes and new habits are formed. When this happens, it's easy to forget or overlook some steps from the previous routine.
For speech recognition users, it's important to review the steps of the workflow from time to time to make sure no bad habits have developed. If you need a copy of your site's VoiceOver workflow documentation, contact our support team.
We've Got Your Back
We want to make sure you have the best experience with your reporting solution. If you ever need help, whether it's troubleshooting, workflow questions, or new hardware such as headsets, microphones, or foot pedals, you can contact our support team. You can now also go on our Success Community where you can ask questions of us and of other Pathology professionals.