Top Smartphone Apps for the Hearing Impaired Part 2: PAID Apps for those with Hearing Impairments

Top Smartphone Apps for the Hearing Impaired Part 2: PAID Apps for those with Hearing Impairments

If you have a smartphone, there are some great mobile apps that focus on hearing loss and hearing aids. North County Audiology has compiled a list some of the top smartphone apps for deaf and hard of hearing people, and here is “Part 2” of the list consisting of the top PAID smartphone apps available for those with hearing impairments.

Paid Apps for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

SoundAMP R – Cost: $4.99

Turn your smartphone device into a hearing aid with this convenient app. As the name suggests, SoundAMP R amplifies sounds and speech using your device’s microphone. You can adjust the settings to amplify only high frequency sounds or to apply it to only one ear. You can even record and play back speech and other sounds using this handy smartphone app.

Available for the iPhone – click here to learn more.

Subtitles – Cost: $0.99

The Subtitles app gives you access to real-time subtitles while you’re watching movies at the theater or from another device. This apps allows easy access to a huge library of movie subtitles in 20 languages. The Subtitles app is especially useful for the hard of hearing and people who would like access to subtitles in their native language when visiting the movie theaters. You’ll be able to access the subtitles of the very latest cinema releases, as well as those for older movies.

Available for the iPhone – click here to learn more.

Tap Tap – Cost: $2.99

There are certain sounds you don’t want to miss such as a fire alarm, thunder, a gunshot, or the sound of someone screaming to warn you of imminent danger. The Tap Tap app alerts you when there’s a loud noise. It does this by sending an alert message to your screen and by vibrating. If you’re in a busy place, you can adjust the sensitivity so it responds only to loud noises or increase the sensitivity so it picks up even minor sounds when you’re in a quiet room. Tap Tap helps deaf and hearing impaired people respond to their audio environment. Shout, honk, crash and TapTap will let you know you are being called.

Available for the iPhone – click here to learn more.

Sign 4 Me – Cost: $9.99

Want to learn sign language? Sign 4 Me can help. Type in a word or short sentence, and a virtual signer signs it for you. You can even slow down the speed and view signing in three dimensions to make it easier to learn the movements. This comprehensive sign language app includes more than 11,500 words. It makes learning to sign easy and convenient.

Available for the iPhone – click here to learn more.

Hearing Loss Simulator – Cost: $1.99

Imagine an app that can explain hearing loss for you. If you find yourself constantly asking the people around you to speak up, this app will let them know exactly how you feel. With the Hearing Loss Simulator, you can take pre-recorded common sounds and illustrate how they sound to a person with hearing loss. You also have the option to record your own voice as a sample. Choose between various degrees of hearing loss to show the difference between mild and severe cases. With this handy app, your close friends and family come one step closer to understanding hearing loss.

Available for the iPhone – click here to learn more.

EARs – Cost: $3.99

EARs lets you use your mobile device as a hearing aid. The app amplifies the sounds around you in real time and allows you to easily shape their tone so you can hear clear, crisp speech. With EARs’ innovative interface, improving the sounds is as easy as moving one finger. EARs can be helpful when you are having a hard time understanding a conversation in a loud room, or when you want the television to be louder without bothering others. EARs works best for those who have a mild to moderate hearing loss, but don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on a hearing aid.

Available for the iPhone – click here to learn more.

eHear by MEA Mobile – Cost: $2.99

eHear uses the microphone on your mobile device to help you listen to your surroundings. Launch and Listen: Simply plug in your headphones and start the application. You will immediately be able to hear whatever is around you in both ears. Whether your hearing impaired, a secret agent or just nosey, eHear is designed using state of the art audio technology to provide a quality hearing tool. eHear uses an advanced audio processing filter to provide Stereo audio from the iPhone’s built in microphone.

Available for the iPhone – click here to learn more.

uListen – Cost: $4.99

Applied Voices, LLC makes a decent hearing aid application called uListen. It helps to amplify voices. uListen is an adaptive sound amplifier. Used with headphones, it can make everyday sounds picked-up by your phone’s microphone sound louder or softer. This is great for TV sounds, for making friend’s voices seem louder or softer, or for listening to sounds around your house.

Available for the iPhone – click here to learn more.

Microphone app by PocketLab – Cost: $0.99

The app uses the built-in mic in your iPhone, iPad, or iPod 4 to amplify your voice and output it through the headphone jack. Just connect a pair of powered speakers and you have a quick and easy way to make announcements at meetings, parties, or any other type of function. Although not marketed as a hearing aid, it does help the speaker hear their own voice. This can be helpful when engaging in pronunciation exercises. It can also pick up and amplify sounds in close proximity to the user’s iPad, iPod or iPhone’s built-in microphone.

Available for the iPhone – click here to learn more.

Now that you know you have access to a variety of mobile apps designed for people with hearing loss problems, we hope you can use these smartphone apps to make your life a little easier wherever you go. If you have any questions and live in the San Diego, CA area, contact North County Audiology to speak with a hearing care professional.

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