Hearing aids are a great way to help you communicate with others if you have hearing loss. There may be instances where you feel having a conversation on the phone, watching a movie, or eating out at a restaurant could be improved. Those who have normal hearing may want to have the ability to communicate with those in their life who suffer from hearing loss.
There’s a solution for that!
If you own a smartphone, you can simply download an app on your phone that provides captions. The following are examples of apps that can translate phone calls into texts that you can read from your phone.
Translation Apps Available for Android and Apple
iOS Hamilton CapTel
This app was created for individuals who have difficulty hearing over the phone, and want to listen to phone conversations while reading captions that are verbatim of what is being spoken.
Users of the CapTel app need to have a voice and data plan for their phone, in addition to a Bluetooth® or wired headset that is compatible with hearing aids.
This is a free captioning service for those who are deaf or have severe hearing loss. It gives real-time captions on your smartphone. This app was created in a partnership with live stenographers to produce quick, simple, captions without errors. You must register and self-certify that you have hearing loss in order to use this assistance.
Text Hear Personal Hearing Aid
The Text Hear app can be used in daily communications to help you translate speech to text in large, easy-to-read letters which are displayed onto your mobile device. There are features which include automatic punctuation and spacing, font sizes and color preferences, and the ability to translate over 100 languages and accents.
Caption Apps Only Available for Apple iOS
This app from Apple provides real-time captioning for your smartphone using ClearCaptions Mobile. ClearCaptions Mobile is certified by the FCC. Those who have hearing loss and are qualified, may apply for ClearCaptions Mobile. It offers a free account in addition to personal ClearCaptions voice number for captioned calls. Phone conversations that have captions can be saved and reviewed at a later time.
If you have difficulty comprehending speech - especially in a crowded area - you can download this app so that those you are interacting with can talk straight into your phone, and Live Caption will transcribe what is being said in real time. In order to start the captioning, push the microphone button located on the keyboard, speak in a clear voice and the text will show up on your smartphone. This also works with the majority of Bluetooth devices, like headsets or in-ear microphones. The app doesn’t work with incoming phone calls or store and save captured text. The options for languages include English, French, Japanese, Sanskrit, and Spanish.
Sub: Subtitles Viewer
If you need subtitles for T.V. shows or movies, you can download the Sub: Subtitles Viewer. If you download this app, you will be able to sync up the subtitle feature with whatever you are watching. The Sub app is available in many languages including English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Danish, French, German, Japanese, Hebrew, Italian, Malay, Polish, Portugese, Russian, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, and Vietnamese.
This app utilizes speech recognition from Siri to produce captions for the users. Push and hold your finger on the iPhone screen to get captions for what you or others are speaking in large, simple-to-read text. This includes a keyboard interface to serve those without the ability to speak.
Apps only available for Android
This app transforms the microphone on your smartphone to a captioning provider that can pick up speech, and change it into a text conversation that is then shown on your screen. A strong wifi connection is needed. The app can also work with Bluetooth devices. Users of the app can share a QR code with others to invite them to join the discussion. The Ava app also has a text-to-speech element that can be connected through the keyboard. You can save conversations, share them, or review them at a later time.
These apps are useful under different circumstances, but they should not replace your hearing aids. If you, or a loved one, suffer from hearing loss, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a free hearing test and consultation. We offer hearing aid solutions for all ages and any range of hearing loss.