The many hearing aid apps created have made it increasingly easier for people with hearing disorders to fully live their daily lives. In fact, many technologies have been developed keeping in mind disorders such as tinnitus. Audio transcriptions as well as volume amplification are a valuable and handy asset to ensure that every single detail of what is said is being heard.
There are several audio transcription apps that can help people with hearing impairments. These apps make it possible to read transcripts of what is being said in real time and, thanks to its accuracy, make conversation easier and more accessible.
There are also many apps for automatic subtiles, available in various languages, for video content you watch on your smartphone or tablet. They work by simply connecting to the microphone of the device in use. It is a tremendously useful tool for people with hearing impairments as it allows them to understand what is going on in videos by reading the subtitles, which contain not only dialogue but also, in some cases, short descriptions of sounds.
Among the best apps for Android are Autocap and Veed.io's CaptionGenerator, the latter of which is completely free. As for iOS, MixCaption and Caption This are excellent apps for video subtitles. Lastly, YouTube has integrated the automatic subtitles feature which is available in multiple languages.
A handful of apps have been specifically designed to help those suffering from tinnitus. Two different types have been developed thus far: those that reduce background noise and those that help people get used to it. These apps, however, are not an actual cure for tinnitus, but can be of use to treat this ear disorder.
Many apps have also been developed to amplify the volume of your hearing device. These are of great help to people with moderate and mild hearing loss. These include EarMachine (for iOS), Max Volume Booster and Sound Amplifier (both for iOS and Android). An excellent alternative to apps are Amplifon amplified devices.
Finally, Google is designing smart glasses, based on augmented reality, that will be able to instantly translate and transcribe conversations, generating subtitles which will be displayed to the speaker through the lenses. These devices wil be a huge aid for people with hearing impairments, as they will one day be able to read conversations through the glasses themselves.