How ‘Big Brother’ made the game accessible for deaf player Matt Klotz |

Secret blindfolded missions. Fancy technology. Hidden monitors. Here’s how the show got the house and game ready for its first deaf contestant.

Big Brother season 25 has already been filled with big twists and turns. A “Time Laser” was set off. Survivor legend Cirie Fields entered the game. And just the other night, contestants were attacked by something called a “Nether Gorgan.” (I promise, all of that actually happened.) But the biggest change to both the house and to the game this season has revolved around the addition of Big Brother’s first ever deaf houseguest, Matt Klotz.

Klotz had already proven himself to be a fierce competitor, representing the United States as a world record holding swimmer at the Deaflympics. But having a deaf contestant enter the house meant that Big Brother producers had to reevaluate how to best accommodate the player for interactions in both the Diary Room and during competitions — and those accommodations will be put to the test tonight in a Veto competition called Twisted Tasks that is based heavily around audio clues.

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