If you are an ardent listener of radio shows, you may want to learn more about the options in the market right now.
Digital radio (DAB)
Digital radio (DAB) offers a wider choice of programming with more radio stations: national, local and regional catering for all kinds of interests and groups of people. It also gives hiss-free sound and many DAB radios also have features including information about the channel or the ability to pause and rewind live radio. Digital radios often rely on visual displays however so it is important to find one that suits your needs with high contrast, station preset buttons or speech.
To check that you can receive DAB stations, visit the BBC DAB postcode checker website.
A copy of the checklist of what features to look for when purchasing a digital radio is available to download in PDF or word.
Ricability tested 15 DAB radios available on the high street, assessing how easy to use they were for blind and partially sighted people and people with limited dexterity.
Full results are available from Ricability: DAB Radios or call 020 7427 2460 for a copy of the ‘Choosing a DAB radio’ consumer report.
For further information on DAB radio or the research project, email [email protected] or contact 0303 123 9999.
Watch our video about how digital radios can be made more usable for people with sight loss.
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