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How Your Smartphone Can Help With Your Hearing

Contributed by Dolores Madden

21/06/2021 00:00:00 • 2 min read

Tags • Technology

When it comes to hearing loss, we are lucky to be living in an age of such technological advancement that hearing aids can be more sophisticated than smartphones! Many people do not realise, however, that there are several smartphone apps that can help if you are hard of hearing or deaf.

Here at Hidden Hearing, our priority is to help you to find the best hearing solution for your lifestyle. The apps mentioned below are not a substitute for a hearing aid, but may be very useful in several areas of your life. There are many, many more available, and new options appear everyday, so let us know if you have a favourite that isn’t on our list!


Smartphone Apps To Help With Your Hearing Loss 

  • UHear. Taking you right back to basics, the UHear app offers a screening test which can indicate whether your hearing is within normal range or if you may have a hearing loss. It’s easy to use and free from the app store, so you can check your own hearing before you make an appointment with an audiologist if you have concerns.

  • BioAid. This is a super app that allows you to use your phone as a hearing aid by processing sounds picked up by the microphone and sending these to you via your headphones. This can be a great way to experience how a hearing aid could benefit you in many situations.

  • MobileSign. MobileSign offers an accessible way to learn BSL using a library of more than 4000 signs for you to search through. If you have hearing loss and use sign language, or live or work with someone who does, this could be an extremely useful tool.

  • RogerVoice. Here’s an app we haven’t tried but have heard great things about. It’s the world’s first subtitling phone app, and enables conversations to be translated into instant text via voice recognition software.

  • Braci. This clever app identifies sounds around you, such as doorbells, fire alarms and even crying babies, and creates visual and sensory alarms to help alert you to these.

  • Vox Sciences. Here’s another helpful app that may be especially useful if you’re adjusting to life with a hearing loss. Vox Sciences can transcribe your voicemail messages into text messages, sending them to your smartphone as SMS text messages or emails.

Try Digital Hearing Aids at Hidden Hearing

If you think you may have a hearing loss, it’s important to take a free hearing test as soon as possible to avoid further damage to your hearing. Hidden Hearing is the leading provider of hearing care solutions in Ireland, with a national network that includes over 80 clinics.

You can book a free hearing test to find out the extent of your hearing loss, and talk to our audiologists about the latest digital hearing aids that may be available to you. Pop into your local branch today, or contact Hidden Hearing online.

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Dolores Madden, Marketing Director and Senior Audiologist, ISHAA Board Member
In 1987, Hidden Hearing was established in Ireland. Dolores Madden joined the company two years later. In 2003, Dolores was appointed Marketing Director at Hidden Hearing. Hearing loss is the second most common health issue globally and overcoming the stigma of hearing loss is one of our biggest challenges. Dolores is on a mission to promote pro-active hearing healthcare, encouraging people to take annual hearing tests and treatment as necessary. Early diagnosis and intervention can prevent social isolation, depression, cognitive decline, and other adverse impacts caused by untreated hearing loss.