Apps for the Hard of Hearing
We live in an age when the phone an average person carries around in their pocket rivals the computing power of the most advanced computers of even ten years ago. With technology like that at our fingertips, the ability to enhance everyday life for those of us who suffer from hearing loss has never been greater.
Several websites have compiled lists of apps for the hard of hearing, including a Hearing Loss Simulator that can help teach the people in your life what your experience with hearing loss is like, and an earbud-based hearing aid app that has just recently entered its second major update. At OKHC, we look forward to exploring every available option available to people with hearing loss, which is why we’ve taken this opportunity to list a few hearing-loss apps that we find interesting.
AUD-1 ($6.99 – iTunes) bills itself as ‘assistive listening software.’ Using the company’s BioAid signal processing algorithm, AUD-1 allows your iPhone to act as a microphone that amplifies sound for a hearing-impaired listener. According to the listing, the app is a highly customizable program that allows for fine-tuned control for a user’s comfort and clarity. Though it is not a replacement for a properly fitted hearing aid, the potential for development on AUD-1’s software is tantalizing, to say the least.
Though sound amplification may be an interesting and versatile application of modern mobile-phone technology, ClearCaptions (Free – iTunes) takes another approach to addressing hearing loss. Through advanced speech-to-text software, ClearCaptions displays your phone calls as text, similar to a personal closed-caption system. By addressing an issue with the clarity of phone calls for those who use hearing aids or suffer from hearing loss, ClearCaptions is a helpful way to continue to function in today’s tech-centric society.
Addressing prevention rather than treatment, SoundMeter ($19.99 – iTunes) measures the ambient decibel level in your surroundings using your mobile device. As a hand-held sound level meter, SoundMeter allows a user to follow OHSA guidelines for limiting exposure to damaging levels of noise, which is useful for anyone who works in a noisy environment.
With this explosion of technology, things are looking bright for the treatment of hearing loss. Though these apps are not a replacement for professional diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss, we at OKHC believe it is essential to know what options you have available to you. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate—contact us at our website.