Communicating in background noise 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 in background noise services
These apps are a great way of reducing noise and picking up the wanted speech sounds by using your phones microphone. However, they do require pairing with listening devices such as headphones and neckloops or hearing aid streaming Bluetooth devices. It is important to check on the app what is required before hand to make sure you are able to use it. These apps can help you maintain or improve your social life in noisy situations which you may otherwise avoid.

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