A recent consumer survey by Deloitte reported that close to nine out of 10 adults (aged 18-75) have a phone that can support mobile applications. In fact, 95 percent of smartphone owners use their device every day for such activities as online searching, watching and recording videos, checking bank balances, social media and networks, reading the news, playing games, making voice calls, and taking photos. Apps can also provide a medium through which people access health-related information, especially for hearing loss. Below are a few apps we recommend!
Sound Alert acts like a second set of ears. It alerts you to sounds like a ringing phone, doorbell, beeping of the microwave, smoke alarms, car horns or sirens. The app alerts you to these sounds by making your phone flash or vibrate when it hears the noises that you specify. It is hard to understand how important sound is to our everyday lives until hearing becomes difficult. Sounds like these let us know what’s going on around us and alert us to danger or to be cautious.
Clear Captions automatically creates captions for your phone calls, so you can hear and read the captions at the same time. ClearCaptions is a free phone captioning service that provides near real-time call captions of phone conversations for individuals whose hearing loss inhibits their phone use. This free captioning service is paid through a fund administered by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). There is no cost to qualified individuals whose hearing loss inhibits their phone use.
Tunity can get audio from any live muted TV program. You simply use the app’s camera function to take a picture of the show you are watching and the audio will automatically sync to your phone. You can stream directly to your hearing aids with smartphone-compatible models or listen through headphones. Tunity developed the first mobile app of its kind to hear live audio from muted TVs. Through a patented deep-learning and computer vision technology, Tunity identified a live video stream’s exact timing, then synced the audio to the user’s smartphone. Tunity is used by people at restaurants and bars, gyms, universities, doctor’s offices, airports and even at home.