Mild through to severe hearing loss brings many challenges to daily life. It doesn’t matter if your hearing loss is mild, or if you have lost your hearing entirely. Life with a hearing impairment can be complicated.
Thankfully, in our technologically advanced society, more and more resources are being made available for people with a hearing impairment. This is where recent advancements in technology can really open up the possibilities and improve your quality of life.
Whether you use a hearing aid, most of us have a smartphone and a computer. This gives you access to multiple applications that have been specifically designed for people with a hearing impairment. We’re taking a closer look at several mobile apps that can help support and improve your communication.
Apps that Can Help Support & Improve Your Communication
Hearing loss presents unique communication challenges. Hearing aid devices are a great tool to facilitate communication. But there are also apps that can help support and improve your communication. Here are several apps that can help people with hearing loss:
Google Live Transcribe – This app uses your phone’s microphone to listen and then adapt sounds into text for you to read. It supports more than 70 languages and can even interpret 2 different languages simultaneously.
Web Captioner – This app works in a very similar way, but it is designed for your computer. It will capture audio and convert it into a transcript for you to read.
Hearing Helper – Specifically for Apple devices, and only available through the Apple Store, this app is much the same as the above two apps. When you hold down the button, it listens and transcribes what it hears for you. It is also useful for people whose first language isn’t English.
Skype – Skype has been a communication lifeline for many during the pandemic. It allows users to make video calls. If you find it difficult to hear people on the video, a video chat can be a good solution. Making a video call will enable you to lip-read or use sign language effectively. It also allows you to type messages during the call, if you can’t understand something spoken.
Interpreter Now – This is an alternative to Skype. It’s a video relay interpreter and will connect you to a third party who can make your calls on your behalf. It effectively side-steps the hearing impairment issue.
NGTS – Similar to the ones mentioned above, this app allows you to use your phone or mobile to easily call someone who can’t hear or can’t speak over the phone. While you talk, a “Relay Assistant” on the call types what you say so the person you’re speaking to can read it and respond.
ASL Dictionary – This app is available in iTunes or the Google Play Store. For a small cost, you can teach yourself up to 5,200 signs. Definitely good to have this skill if you have contact with someone who is deaf.
SoundHound – Aimed at the hearing impaired music lover, this app works similarly to other transcribing apps. This app is designed to listen for the lyrics in music, so that you can read them and better connect with the songs.
We hope this gives you a taste of the help available at your fingertips. We encourage you to find other applications that can help make your life easier. Banking apps can prevent stressful trips to the bank. Travel apps can keep you up to date on any travel announcements. There really are countless apps out there!
Have Questions? Contact Us Today!
Hearing aids are the best tool to help support and improve your communication. If you’d like to try out state-of-the-art devices, our hearing healthcare specialists are on hand to help. Call us on 888-657-5768 to book your appointment. Alternatively, click here to request your appointment online.