Communicating on the Go: 5 Mobile Apps for the Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing

Communicating on the Go: 5 Mobile Apps for the Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing

Sometimes all the smart technology and screens can seem overwhelming and even distracting. However, technology has a lot of significant pros when it comes to helping the hard-of-hearing and deaf communities. Thanks to incredibly talented app developers, you can use mobile applications on your smartphone to help make conversations feel effortless.

Take a look at some of the hearing- and speech-assistance apps you can download today.

Sprint Relay

With the Sprint Relay Mobile IP app, all you have to do is type what you want to say to the operator and the operator relays the message to the person you called. The operator then types the receiver’s response back to you. Font size and color are adjustable to further assist in making the text more readable.

The application works on Android or iOS systems and allows you to save your conversations for later. You can also make Spanish-language relay calls.

Download it for free.


TapTap is all about alerting users to nearby sounds. The app causes your phone to vibrate and flash the screen to draw your attention to nearby sounds. If you find your hearing aids aren’t alerting you to sounds well enough or would just like an extra attention-getter, then TapTap might be for you.

The app can be downloaded for $2.99 on iTunes.


Braci is another sound-recognition platform that analyzes sounds throughout the surrounding environment and converts them into notifications you can see and feel.

You can get the Braci app for free on iTunes.


Pedus is a communication application that lets deaf and hard-of-hearing people make phone calls using speech-recognition and synthesis technologies. Voice-recognition software accurately translates what the person on the other end says and delivers it in an easy-to-read text format.

With Pedius, there’s no need for a third-party translator to relay communication thanks to the voice-recognition software—you get the privacy you deserve.
Best of all, it’s a free app!


Ava is unique in that it acts as a portable translator. A hard-of-hearing or deaf individual engaging another person in conversation just needs to hold the phone up to the person with whom they’re speaking, and the application translates the speech into text. Now you won’t have to communicate by passing notes or continually asking others to repeat themselves.

It’s not limited to one-on-one conversations, either. The app also works with group discussions. Watch it in action here.

Ava offers both a free basic version that has some limitations or a paid, unlimited version.

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