The world is changing. Technology is expanding at an exponential pace. It wasn’t that long ago that there were no such things as cell phones or portable music devices. We know that hearing aids have made huge strides in the last 100 years. There are so many cool gadgets, techie devices and mobile apps available today. Many of them are even free!. There are some really cool mobile apps that have benefits to make like a little easier for the hearing impaired (and they weren’t all created specifically for that). Here is a list of a few of our favorites (in no particular order).
ClearCaptions by Purple Communications, Inc. adds free captions to your phone calls, displaying them on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. When you use ClearCaptions with your calls, it’s similar to turning on closed captions for your TV shows; you hear AND read what’s being said.
Captionfish is the Internet’s leading captioned movies search engine that finds open captioned, Rear Window® captioned, foreign/subtitled, and descriptively-narrated movies showing at theaters across the United States and Canada.
TapTap app for iPhone is designed to assist the deaf and hearing impaired in a hearing world; to alert the user when a loud noise has been made near them. TapTap is useful to get your attention from people you can’t see. Simply launch the TapTap app and it will vibrate and flash to notify you that there’s been a loud noise or if someone speaks in your vicinity. Adjust the sensitivity to suit your environment and personal comfort level.
Dragon Dictation is an easy-to-use voice recognition application powered by Dragon® NaturallySpeaking® that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages. In fact, it’s up to five (5) times faster than typing on the keyboard. You can also use it to dictate status updates directly to your social networking applications (Facebook and Twitter) or send notes and reminders to yourself.
Speak it! This application talks for you. Write the text and click on the Play button. The program has a TTS engine that will generate voice from the text that your write. With this app you also have the ability to create your own ring-tone and alarm, all you have to do is write the text and set it as your ring-tone. There’s a Home Screen widget that give deaf people more functionality by saving a urgent warning/message on the home screen and all you have to do is take out your phone and press the button.
TED-SUB – You can watch TED talks with subtitles in your language, and you can search using both English and your language. This app also gives you the ability to download TED talks and watch them later without WiFi connection. TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design.
A quick search in the App Store or the Google Play Store will reveal about a million more apps to choose from; some specifically created for the hearing impaired and some not but these six are just the tip of the iceberg.
Okay, they aren’t listed in any particular order but if I had to choose my two faves, I’d go with CaptionFish (because I love going to the movies) and TED-SUB (because I love getting sucked in to a good TED Talk). Let us know what your favorite apps are….even if they aren’t related to hearing (Stupid Zombies, anyone?).
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