Whether you use them to find a local restaurant, take a picture, use social media or to a book plane ticket, you probably rely on dozens of apps on your cell phone every day. But did you know that there are a variety of smartphone apps that improve the quality of life people with hearing loss? Even if you already have a hearing aid, we have some intel on apps for you.
Make life richer with apps!
There are plenty of solutions designed for those living with hearing loss. Some work in tandem with hearing aids, connecting sound to them. Others are specialize in aiding people with reduced hearing who need a little extra help but don’t have hearing aids. In order to enjoy these apps, you need a smart phone. In some cases, a laptop or tablet work, too. Our hearing care providers can suggest more, but here are a few ideas to start:
- Having trouble using the phone? Try downloading ClearCaptions which adds captions to your phone calls so you can both hear and read what is being said – for free. (Available for iPhone, Android or PC/Mac)
- Watch a lot of TV? There are several apps that can act as a wireless remote control for your hearing aids. Most are designed by hearing aid manufacturers and created to work with a specific device. TV Louder and Tunity act as a personal sound amplifiers using just your cell phone and earbuds or headphones. The apps use the microphone in your cell phone to transmit the sound from your TV into your headphones. You can then adjust the sound to fit your needs without bothering those around you.
- Your smart device turns into a high-tech alerting device with the Braci Pro app. It lets you record your environmental and home sounds to alert you when smoke alarms go off, someone rings the doorbell, your house phone is ringing or you get a notification on an intercom. This app functions by picking up sounds using the smart device’s microphone. It then notifies you through on screen alerts, vibrations or flashing lights on your smart device. (Available for iPhone or Android)
- Want it all in one app? Several brand-specific apps, such as Oticon ON, perform multiple functions mentioned above. If you wear a hearing aid, ask your audiologist which one is designed or works well with your specific aids.
- Is tinnitus bothering you? Oticon also makes an app for that.
While these apps all offer hearing loss support, it is important that you make an appointment with a hearing care professional when the app is not enough or to get ideas specific to your needs.