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Smart Phone Apps for Hearing Loss

I am compiling a list of smart phone apps that are helpful to people with hearing loss.  Thank you to Ed Ogiba from the Hearing Loss Association of Sarasota for starting this list.  If anyone knows of others, please let me know and I will add them.  Thanks!

Sound Amplifiers
SoundAMP R

Captions for Phone Calls
Hamilton Captel
Clear Captions

Captions for Movies (read captions on your phone)

Find Captioned Movies in Theaters

Hearing Tests
Hearing Test – Siemens
uHear – Unitron
Hearing Screener – Starkey

Auditory Training
Hear Coach

Measuring Noise Levels (to identify hearing-friendly restaurants)
dB Meter Pro

Dictation (speech to text)
Dragon Dictation
(Also, if you have an iPhone with Siri you can use it to write notes.)

Voice Activated Web Search
Dragon Go!

Disaster Help
Disaster Alert (Pacific Disaster Center)
Alerts4me (NCIT)

Lyrics for Songs
Sound Hound


Turn your iPhone into a Personal Amplifier

Ever get tired of carrying your assisted listening device with you?  I do!  I often go somewhere thinking, “Oh, I won’t need it in this situation.”  Then I get the dirty look from my husband that says, “Why didn’t you bring a listening device?!”  Well, I think I found a  solution.  I always have my iPhone with me.  Your iPhone can become a personal amplifier.  All you need is an external microphone and a recording or amplifying app.

I bought the “Blue Mikey” by Blue Microphones which comes in two versions.  Check here to see which Blue Mikey is compatible with your iPhone.  The mic is small, easy to carry, and can also be used when recording video.

The Blue Mikey plugs into the charging port of the iPhone.  It retails for $99.99 but sells for about $77.00 on Amazon and less on E-Bay.  I use it with an app called “Sound AMP R” which is actually a recording app, but also amplifies the sound.  Other apps that will work with the Blue Mikey are “EARs” or “U-LISTEN.”  You can try these apps without getting an external mic, but I found the sound much better with the Blue Mikey.

Here are some links to learn more about these apps and the Blue Mikey:

Sound AMP R Live Listening

EARs iPhone App Demo Video

U-Listen Sound Amplifier

Blue Microphones Mikey Digital iOS Microphone Overview

The only drawback is that I have to use earphones.  I can’t get it to work with my Bluetooth Streamer or an inductive neckloop. There are other microphones that are less expensive (VeriCorder Mini Mic and Brando Mini Capsule Mic), but they plug into the headphone jack.  So, unless I figure out how to do this with Bluetooth, those microphones would not be useful.

If anyone is successful in using a Bluetooth or inductive neckloop with these apps, please let me know!