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Fewer than 10% of those who are blind use Braille.

Most people who are blind use audio systems to access printed text. They often listen to audiotapes or computer-based speech output systems. Common reasons for a preference of audio output and a reluctance to use Braille include the bulkiness of documents when embossed on Braille paper, the inability to easily browse Braille documents in order to find desired sections, and the length of training required to become an efficient Braille user. Those who become blind late in life often lack the motivation to learn Braille. Those whose fingers have reduced sensitivity are also not good candidates for Braille use. However, most people who are both deaf and blind rely on Braille for information access. Regular Braille users often note that they appreciate the access it provides to silent reading, mathematical symbols, and fine details.