Most useful communication-supporting apps for hearing-impaired people

Categories: Education

The lack of certain functions of the body makes it difficult for people with disabilities to integrate into life. However, they can now use technology on mobile devices to support communication. With the help of technology, people with disabilities will be able to integrate into normal life more easily.

1. Deaf Bible

Experience Sign Language Bibles in an interactive and easy to use interface in various translations featuring skilled signers in sharp, close-up, color video. Immerse yourself in a complete Bible experience; interacting in rich Bible content accessible in sign language. You can HAVE the Bible, KNOW the Bible and SHARE theBible with the Deaf like never before!
The Deaf Bible app is easy to navigate and to watch. Content is fully accessible to the Deaf with extensive use of videos to communicate in their native, heart language. New sign language translations are being added frequently, providing you with the widest selection of Sign Language Bibles.
Deaf Bible Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit ministry dedicated to providing the Word of God in every sign language translation. Our mission is to provide God’s Word in Every Sign Language until all the Deaf have seen.

2. Live Transcribe

Live Transcribe is an app that provides free, real-time, speech-to-text transcriptions to make everyday conversations more accessible among people who are deaf and hard-of-hearing, using just your Android phone. Using Google's state-of-the-art automatic speech recognition technology, Live Transcribe shows speech and sound as text on your screen, so you can participate in conversations going on in the world around you more easily. You can type responses on the screen, get alerted when your name is spoken, and search within transcriptions.
On Pixel 3 and up, these additional steps are required to use Live Transcribe:
  •  Open your device's Settings app.
  •  Tap Accessibility, then tap Live Transcribe.
  •  Tap Use service, then accept the permissions.
  •  Use the Accessibility button or gesture

3. Speechnotes - Speech To Text

Trusted by millions, continuous non-stop and unlimited dictation. Battle tested for years.
For thinkers, bloggers, writers, drivers, joggers, busy people and anyone who prefers fast & easy typing.
Makes life easy - no more struggling to write down short or long texts. Unlike other voice-typing apps, Speechnotes does not stop listening when you take a break to breath or think. Incorporates a built-in keyboard so you can enjoy the ease of dictation for words and ease of tapping for punctuation & symbols. Designed to make writing fast and easy.
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- Write short or long texts easily. Dictate hands free for hours! Unlike other apps, Speechnotes will not stop even when you take longer breaks between sentences.
- Accurate. Most accurate. Incorporates Google's speech recognition service.
- Fast, simple & light. Great for regular text notes too, as it's a super simple & reliable notepad. Battle-tested for years.
- Supports offline (though better performance when connected)

4. Subtitle Viewer

Subtitle Viewer is made for finding and viewing subtitles. Once synchronized, subtitles are displayed in real-time: The current sub gets highlighted. The app does not play movies, you can use it while watching a movie on television or in the cinema.Features:
  • search for movies and series
  • display the subtitles for a movie or episode in your language
  • sync subtitles by using play/pause or by tapping on a sub
  • scroll back to see the last subs without getting out of sync
  • adapt the font size and display brightness
  • search for text within the subtitles
  • export subtitle files to use them with other apps

5. Hand Talk Translator

Led by Hugo, the world’s most lovable 3D interpreter, the Hand Talk app automatically translates text and audio to American Sign Language (ASL) [Beta] and Brazilian Sign Language (Libras) through artificial Intelligence.
If you’re interested in learning a new language in a practical and fun way, the Hand Talk app is the right choice for you!
There are over 466 million deaf and hard of hearing people in the world, and Hand Talk, elected the World’s Best Social App by the UN, emerges as a pocket translator with the goal of bringing people together through technology and communication.You can rate Hugo’s translations and save your favourite ones, adjust Hugo’s speed, customize his clothes and background in Hugo’s Store and much more!


The DEF-ISL app makes learning of sign language easy, accessible and interesting. Packed with 50000+ easy-to-understand signs and phrases, in-built videos, illustrations, this easy to navigate app can be used both by adults and children who are deaf or hearing impaired. The customized mobile app is available for download on iOS and Android platforms.
DEF-ISL offers the opportunity for all to learn sign language and thereby reach out to the deaf more easily.
DEF is an organization made of the deaf, for the deaf, by the deaf, focused on addressing the issues of communication for the deaf and developing methods and resources to improve their connect with the society at large. They aim to make a lasting impact on the future of thousands of deaf or hard of hearing children and adults by providing them access to early identification, hearing technology and expertise to reach their full potential.

7. Iglesia Ni Cristo Sign Language App

The Iglesia Ni Cristo Sign Language App is a project of the Christian Society for the Deaf under the Christian Family Organizations Office of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ). It is part of the Church's continuous intensive efforts to reach out to and care for the Deaf, INC members and non-members alike.

8. LSApp

LSApp is a free application, conceptualized and designed by Vanesa Barán, with the aim of improving the quality of life of Deaf people, facilitating the learning of the Sign Language Argentina (LSA). For the realization of this contribution to society, received support from Posibillian Tech for computer development, Florence Roth in the design as well as the support of ASO (Argentine Association of the Deaf) in the validation of the signs and user experience.
LSApp is simple and does not need Internet to be used. Once the application is downloaded to your device, you simply use it when you need it.
Why LSApp?
When relating to Deaf people who communicate with a sign language in Argentina, it should be remembered that their primary and natural language is LSA. These people can know other alternative means of communication, such as reading the lips of someone who speaks Spanish, but their natural language will always be LSA, so LSApp allows better communication, providing social inclusion to Deaf people.

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