Technology is always changing, often to help improve access for those with disabilities
Here is a summary of some of the improvements that are happening with technology for deaf and hard of hearing
Skype: Live captions and subtitles
In December to celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities Skype launched their new live caption and subtitle function.
The new feature works for one-on-one calls with a friend, coworker, or to any phone number, as well as in group calls with a work team or friend group.
Latest version of Skype is required
Google is working on providing Live Transcribe and Sound Amplifier
functions for their Google phones. These functions will also be available via the Google play store to be downloaded for android users.
Live Transcribe: In real time Live Transcribes what is being said for you to read on your phone.
Available: It is being pre-installed on Pixel 3 devices and will slowly be available via the Google Play Store. You can sign up to be notified when it is available.
Available: Now on Google Play Store
Supported on Android 9 Pie or later phones and comes pre-installed on Pixel 3.
Apple has also included a number of features for deaf and hard of hearing phone users.
Useful features includes Live Listen to help you listen to conversations more clearly. You can also change audio volumes for each ear.
Hearing test app which tests hearing.