Communicating using Translating services

Hello Everyone

Action on Hearing Loss is continuously looking to improve access to services for people with hearing Loss. With the growth of internet services and apps in particular, communication has changed vastly. Some of these apps have been beneficial for people with hearing loss however some apps are designed without any consideration towards the hard of hearing population.
We would therefore like to find out what apps people are using, which apps have been helpful and which apps need improvement. Currently we are focusing on apps which help people with hearing loss and deafness and below are some apps we consider the most useful. We would appreciate feedback on ways any of these apps can be improved as well as information on apps people are using that may help others that have not been identified below.

Communicating using Translating services
Translating services are a great way of communicating between different language users. However it is important to remember that they are not always 100% accurate. The accuracy is greatly dependant on the quality of the input signal and the internet connection. So if you are using speech as an input signal to translate into text, you need to try having a clear speech signal with no or very little background noise. Personal or business Wi-Fi connections tend to provide a better signal than public Wi-Fi and 3G connections. These apps can help you when attending social events, appointments, when abroad on holiday and also at work. Most translating apps are designed to translate speech or text into different languages and very few translate spoken English into English text. It is important to find out about this depending on what you are using the app for before purchasing if there is a charge for the app.



  • SayHi Translate: This app is £3.99 available on iOS only. Purely conversational translation: tap your language button, speak into the microphone, and your voice will be instantly translated. Have a conversation with anyone without needing to switch languages. You can also type anytime by simply pressing the keyboard buttons. 43 Languages & Dialects: 39 Languages & Dialects with Speech Recognition: English (USA, UK, Australia, India), Spanish (Spain, USA, Mexico and Colombian), French (France and Canada), German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin (China and Taiwan, Cantonese, Korean, Dutch, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Portuguese (Portugal and Brazil), Polish, Russian, Arabic (UAE, Saudi and Egypt), Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Slovak, Turkish, Czech, Hebrew, Malay (no voice), Romanian, Vietnamese. 4 Languages with Voices: Basque, Catalan, Hindi, Thai. Speech recognition with the highest quality speech recognition available, your words will be converted to text with over 95% accuracy.



  • Speechlogger: Speechlogger is a great speech recognition (speech to text) and instant voice translation web app. It runs Google's speech-to-text technologies for the best results. Has auto-punctuation, auto-save, timestamps, in-text editing capability, transcription of audio files, export options (to text and captions). No user registration needed & it's completely free. Compatible with your PC, Chromebook, laptop, Windows & Android devices, phones & tablets (running a Chrome browser).
  • Voice Assistant: Available on iOS for £2.29. This newly redesigned app has a fast access feature that makes it even easier to post to Twitter, Facebook or email. Switch on your preferred option and Voice Assistant converts your transcriptions to the proper format without additional clicks. Use the auto copy feature to send your transcriptions to other apps such as Google Search, YouTube and Evernoteor Pages. You can also send your transcription straight to a wireless printer. Voice Assistant uses intelligent speech recognition so it learns with every use. It also has grammar correction and on-screen editing with suggestions for corrections.


  • Evernote: This is available on Android and iOS. Evernote was designed to help you keep track of ideas and inspirations. You always could use the app to record audio notes such as lectures or meetings, but now it also allows you to turn those audiofiles into text. Unlike Dragon Dictation, Evernote saves both the audio and the text file together so you can use the app's search ability to find a recorded note. The app can be a handy tool for recording all your thoughts at the end of each day. Say what's on your mind, then sort through the data later. The app is free, but because Evernote uses Google Android's text transcription service, you do need to be online to use it.


  • iTranslate Voice 2: This is currently available on Android and iOS for £4. The idea is simple and time-saving: iTranslate Voice enables person-to-person conversation using natural language and a smartphone, with no need for tapping text onto a small screen. Just talk into the phone or tablet mic and the app translates. It supports around 40 languages and dialects.