What Is Dictaphone Typing?

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Although originally trademarked in 1907 as the name of a tape recorder brand designed for dictation, Dictaphone now refers to any electronic device or software application that allows the user to create voice recordings of important notes. Dictaphone typing is a method of transcribing the audio recordings into typed electronic or printed documents.

What Does a Dictaphone Typist Do?

  • A Dictaphone typist listens to audio recordings and types the spoken words into a document, typically using a word processing application. Along with above-average listening and typing skills, Dictaphone typists must have excellent spelling, grammar and comprehension abilities to pick up contextual clues when a word or phrase is unclear. In addition, typists working in specialized areas, such as law or medicine, must have a broad understanding of field-specific terminology.

Who Uses Dictaphone Typing?

  • Attorneys, physicians and other professionals who need to record sensitive and detailed information while they work often employ the services of Dictaphone typists, who free their employers from a time consuming administrative task, enabling them to focus on their areas of expertise. Business professionals often use Dictaphone typing as a means of recording meeting details, webinar or video transcripts and finance briefings.

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