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Top Smartphone Apps for the Hearing Impaired Part 1: FREE Apps for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

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Whether it’s an Android or an iPhone, today, almost everyone has a smartphone. Apps for smartphones are being developed every day, and there are now quite a few apps available for the hearing impaired. There are hearing aids apps that help with amplifying sound, hearing test apps, apps for learning sign language, and even apps for transcribing phone calls. North County Audiology has put together some of the top smartphone apps for deaf and hard of hearing people and here is “Part 1” of the list consisting of the FREE smartphone apps available.

FREE Apps for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Hamilton Mobile Captel

This useful app transcribes phone calls in real time. Using it, you can read what’s being said in real time from your iPhone or iPad. Plus, you can save up to 20 calls to refer back to. Use it with your iPhone or iPad so you’ll never miss what someone’s saying when they talk to you by phone. Best of all, it’s FREE.

Available for the iPhone – click here to learn more.

Available for the Android – click here to learn more.

Hearing Test

A hearing test is commonly done by professional known as an audiologist. However, using your Android mobile device and a good headset, you can now check your hearing at home with the Hearing Test app for the Android.

Available for the Android – click here to learn more.

Siemens Hearing Test

This app measures your hearing by testing how accurately you can distinguish words against background noise. There are nine tests available for each ear. Once you complete the tests, compare your score against the average to estimate your degree of hearing impairment. It’s not a substitute for audiology testing by a professional, but it helps you see if your hearing is changing over time, and you can do it anytime.

Available for the iPhone – click here to learn more.

uHear

uHear is a hearing loss screening test which allows you to test your hearing to determine if it is within normal range, or if you have a potential hearing loss. uHear lets you test your hearing anywhere and at any time with the push of a button. This app tests you for the quietest sounds you can hear and how well you hear speech in noise. A built-in questionnaire helps you and the app assess the quality of your hearing. Once you have taken the tests, a results graph will rank your hearing loss from mild to profound and warn you if you are at risk of further damage.

Available for the iPhone – click here to learn more.

Captionfish

An app that is great for movie-lovers, Captionfish helps you find captioned and subtitled movies playing near you. You can also find out whether the movie is open-captioned meaning the text is on the screen, rear-window captioned meaning the text is on the seat in front of you, or closed captioned which uses a special system. With this streamlined app, you will be able to find accessible movies within 60 miles of your area. At your command, the app will display movie times, synopses and theater locations, providing you with all the information you need. Captionfish even streams captioned movie trailers, so you know just what to anticipate.

Available for the iPhone – click here to learn more.

TooLoud?

While we all know loud environments can hurt our hearing, sometimes we don’t know when those places are actually too loud. TooLoud can analyze the sounds in any given space, and let you know immediately whether you are putting your ears at risk. A live graph provides moment-to-moment updates on the noise level, so you can find the best spot to settle. If you are in an ear-shattering location, the app will alert you with a pop-up warning.

Available for the iPhone – click here to learn more.

ASL American Sign Language

You can easily learn sign language with ASL American Sign Language Finger-spelling flashcards.

Available for the Android – click here to learn more.

Purple Communications VRS

Purple Communications’ Video Relay Service (VRS) helps individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing make voice phone calls with American Sign Language. Using a video phone, you would simply sign to a qualified interpreter, who would then speak to whomever you called. The interpreter will then use sign language to communicate the response to you. VRS is a step up from text, as you can have a faster conversation, interrupt one another and use facial expressions.

Make VRS calls virtually anywhere, anyplace, anytime directly on smartphone devices. Purple VRS is a video-based telephone relay system for deaf and hard of hearing customers. With Purple VRS 2.0, you can now place and receive VRS and VP calls over a Wi-Fi or 3G connection.

Available for the iPhone – click here to learn more.

Available for the Android – click here to learn more.

Click here to continue to Top Smartphone Apps for the Hearing Impaired Part 2: PAID Apps for those with Hearing Impairments.
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