Vision Problems: TV Action When Not Talking

By: Frank Engelman.  Updated: September 17, 2021.


Problem description

Since my Mom’s vision is failing, she has a hard time understanding what is happening in a TV show when the actors are not speaking, In some shows there are long dramatic pauses or just action noises.


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This is part of a series of "Problems" and DIY Technology "Solutions" to the challenges faced by older adults, by Frank Engelman. 



Suggested Solutions

Descriptive Audio Tells You What is Going On

There is a little-known solution to this problem called Descriptive Audio. Descriptive Audio provides professional narration of the scene. It is available on Amazon Prime Video and Netflix.





from Delores (unverified) at December 29, 2022

How to stop that feature


from faengelm (member) at December 30, 2022

Hello Delores,

If you are watching Netflix, pause the video:

- Scroll up to the Audio & Subtitles icon

- Uncheck "Audio Description"


If you are watching Prime Video:

- Push Home
- Scroll across to Settings and push the Select button
- Scroll down and over to Accessibility and push the Select button
- Scroll down to Audio Descriptions and push the Select button

Turn off Audio Description

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