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Google Launches Two New Free Android Apps For The Hard of Hearing
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Google Launches Two New Free Android Apps For The Hard of Hearing

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Posted 6th FebEdited by:"matwalaboy"
Posting this hoping that it would be helpful to those with hearing difficulties as google have just announced that they are launching 2 apps/services they can help all such people.

The World Health Organization estimates that by the year 2055, there will be 900 million people with hearing loss. We believe in the power of technology to help break down barriers and make life a little easier for everyone. Today, we’re introducing two new apps for Android designed to help deaf and hard-of-hearing people: Live Transcribe and Sound Amplifier.

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Live Transcribe
is an accessibility feature that is being rolled in phased manner as a software update to android phones. It will be available by default on the pixel 3s but other phones need to join the beta, which you can do from the link. It uses Google’s AI to transcribe words in 70 languages as they are spoken so you can read them on your phone.

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Sound Amplifier
on the other hand can be downloaded off the play store, please be aware it’s only available for devices running android 9 or later, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they roll it to more devices as they go along. It also comes pre installed on the pixel 3. It amplifies the spoken sounds so that it’s essier to hear for someone hard of hearing.

Sound Amplifier enhances microphone audio from your Android device using headphones to provide a more comfortable and natural listening experience.

Features
  • Carry on conversations in loud environments by boosting quiet sounds.
  • Personalise your listening experience by adjusting audio or microphone settings with the simple tuning UI.
  • Reduce unwanted or distracting noises.

To start using Sound Amplifier, go to Settings > Accessibility > Sound Amplifier.

Permissions Notice
  • Phone: Needed to know the phone state to pause Sound Amplifier when there’s an incoming or outgoing call.
  • Microphone: Needed for real-time audio processing.

More can be read on the google blog or UberGizmo or the news feed

Hope it helps someone.
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I have been deaf since birth and I find the above comments absolutely insulting.
My wife has lost her hearing after decades of decline. The effect on her life is devastating.....no conversations with anyone, no jokes or banter, no birdsong and no music. People either think her failed attempts at interaction are funny or stupid and often folks are exasperated or even aggressive. This app is absolutely transformational and we can converse once again, which means so much.
Thank you for this i am profoundly deaf and though sound amplifier does not work with my phone am sure others will get added in time.
Have done the Live Transcribe,just away to check emails,there is still a lot of prejudice against people who are deaf,does not bother me now,but i was badly bullied at primary school as i was only hard of hearing at that time in my school needless to say it did make me very defensive,but not anymore as i just think it shows the person making the comments as a very ignorant person.
Another big no no is if someone tells you they are deaf please don't shout when talking that is worse thing to do.better if you speak clearly and no mumbling
Thank you for this OP xxxx
glenn.charles06/02/2019 03:44

I have been deaf since birth and I find the above comments absolutely …I have been deaf since birth and I find the above comments absolutely insulting.


They were late night comments though, misplaced attempts at humour maybe, but I'm sure there was no intention to insult anyone.
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WHAT?
Sound Amplifier isn't compatible with my phone;; Xiaomi Redmi Note 5.

Edited by: "repouk" 6th Feb
I have been deaf since birth and I find the above comments absolutely insulting.
glenn.charles06/02/2019 03:44

I have been deaf since birth and I find the above comments absolutely …I have been deaf since birth and I find the above comments absolutely insulting.


They were late night comments though, misplaced attempts at humour maybe, but I'm sure there was no intention to insult anyone.
Yet more bloatware to be installed on Android phones
repouk4 h, 3 m ago

Sound Amplifier isn't compatible with my phone;; Xiaomi Redmi Note 5.


As I said you need android 9 at least, do you have that
mlw19866 m ago

Yet more bloatware to be installed on Android phones


Or just don’t
winchman14 h, 50 m ago

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With all modesty, what does that have to do with the apps they are making or the deal posted here?
M_z35 m ago

They were late night comments though, misplaced attempts at humour maybe, …They were late night comments though, misplaced attempts at humour maybe, but I'm sure there was no intention to insult anyone.


Not cool though - it’s a genuine still that loads of wonderful people out there face and I think it’s a nice attempt by google to help all such people and we should support it, not pull it down.
As a deaf person myself, this is great news. Thanks Google for these highly useful apps, much better than the likes of Candy Crush!
Eh..
Thanks op
mlw19861 h, 11 m ago

Yet more bloatware to be installed on Android phones


Yet more amazing free optional accessibility apps.

Off your high horse mate, you might fall off and shatter your precious sheepPhone
Thank you for this i am profoundly deaf and though sound amplifier does not work with my phone am sure others will get added in time.
Have done the Live Transcribe,just away to check emails,there is still a lot of prejudice against people who are deaf,does not bother me now,but i was badly bullied at primary school as i was only hard of hearing at that time in my school needless to say it did make me very defensive,but not anymore as i just think it shows the person making the comments as a very ignorant person.
Another big no no is if someone tells you they are deaf please don't shout when talking that is worse thing to do.better if you speak clearly and no mumbling
Thank you for this OP xxxx
My wife has lost her hearing after decades of decline. The effect on her life is devastating.....no conversations with anyone, no jokes or banter, no birdsong and no music. People either think her failed attempts at interaction are funny or stupid and often folks are exasperated or even aggressive. This app is absolutely transformational and we can converse once again, which means so much.
dispose354 m ago

My wife has lost her hearing after decades of decline. The effect on her …My wife has lost her hearing after decades of decline. The effect on her life is devastating.....no conversations with anyone, no jokes or banter, no birdsong and no music. People either think her failed attempts at interaction are funny or stupid and often folks are exasperated or even aggressive. This app is absolutely transformational and we can converse once again, which means so much.


I can't even imagine what it must be like - but I sincerely hope that the app and other such things help you get some of the joys in your life back. God bless you.
This is so cool. I don't have an issue with hearing but I am thinking I could do with the transcripts when watching French stuff as I can read a little bit of French so I can understand what they are saying better

And I could use the amplifier for my music as I listen to music on my phone everyday
what was that
M_z06/02/2019 07:06

They were late night comments though, misplaced attempts at humour maybe, …They were late night comments though, misplaced attempts at humour maybe, but I'm sure there was no intention to insult anyone.


Can't say anything nowadays without someone taking it deeply personal.
willhay55506/02/2019 17:06

Can't say anything nowadays without someone taking it deeply personal.


Maybe if you were deaf yourself you might view it differently
willhay55506/02/2019 17:06

Can't say anything nowadays without someone taking it deeply personal.


Taking the Mickey out of disabled people has always been likely to cause offence, hasn't it? And you can do it, you just have to accept that some people are going to say they don't appreciate it.
fairytooth06/02/2019 17:25

Maybe if you were deaf yourself you might view it differently


Maybe, but kinda not really my point.

The comments were hardly overtly offensive.
I guess some people know how to be offensive without even trying, eh?
glenn.charles06/02/2019 03:44

I have been deaf since birth and I find the above comments absolutely …I have been deaf since birth and I find the above comments absolutely insulting.


Being offended is now part of uk culture.
willhay55506/02/2019 18:15

Maybe, but kinda not really my point.The comments were hardly overtly …Maybe, but kinda not really my point.The comments were hardly overtly offensive.


Myself and my wife are both partially deaf. Rest assured we are "hardly overtly offended" by your lack of empathy.

More importantly, heat to op for bringing this to our attention and to Google for the steps in the right direction. Just need live subtitles on tv to work faster now.
Rampantlion50 s ago

Myself and my wife are both partially deaf. Rest assured we are "hardly …Myself and my wife are both partially deaf. Rest assured we are "hardly overtly offended" by your lack of empathy. More importantly, heat to op for bringing this to our attention and to Google for the steps in the right direction. Just need live subtitles on tv to work faster now.


Thanks a lot for the kind words - hope its been useful in some small ways
Rampantlion9 m ago

Myself and my wife are both partially deaf. Rest assured we are "hardly …Myself and my wife are both partially deaf. Rest assured we are "hardly overtly offended" by your lack of empathy. More importantly, heat to op for bringing this to our attention and to Google for the steps in the right direction. Just need live subtitles on tv to work faster now.


You've interpreted my contribution to this thread as a lack of empathy with those that are deaf/partially deaf?

I don't know where to begin with that, so I won't.
Edited by: "willhay555" 6th Feb
fairytooth06/02/2019 18:33

I guess some people know how to be offensive without even trying, eh?


Setting aside anyone in this thread, some people nowadays are eager to be offended, so I guess there's some middle ground in there somewhere.
Edited by: "willhay555" 6th Feb
Sadly these will be discontinued in a couple of years and replaced by a single app with half the features.
ImperialWookie1 m ago

Sadly these will be discontinued in a couple of years and replaced by a …Sadly these will be discontinued in a couple of years and replaced by a single app with half the features.


Or maybe the phones will just come with these and more powerful features to help - already built into them and we won't need any of these apps, who knows?
willhay55506/02/2019 19:21

Setting aside anyone in this thread, some people nowadays are eager to be …Setting aside anyone in this thread, some people nowadays are eager to be offended, so I guess there's some middle ground in there somewhere.


We live in a society that loves to be offended by everything, it makes them think they have the right to cause drama, and in doing so fulfils their need for attention or to satiate boredom. Instead of doing something useful with their lives.

Oh and guess what, if people just stop being offended by everything, turns out those people "offending" usually get bored very quickly and move on. The people who say offensive things constantly are also crying for attention, and you end up with a load of toddlers crying in the same room.
Not sure my phone can take any more apps but voted hot as the hard of hearing are poorly catered for. I can't watch to without sub titles and some virgin channels like the syfy never have subtitles, so we'll done Google for thinking of us.
ImperialWookie20 m ago

We live in a society that loves to be offended by everything, it makes …We live in a society that loves to be offended by everything, it makes them think they have the right to cause drama, and in doing so fulfils their need for attention or to satiate boredom. Instead of doing something useful with their lives.Oh and guess what, if people just stop being offended by everything, turns out those people "offending" usually get bored very quickly and move on. The people who say offensive things constantly are also crying for attention, and you end up with a load of toddlers crying in the same room.


This reminds me of those on Twitter exposing outrage of those people craving attention by posting offensive comments.
Hopkins, Farage etc.

They RT the comments giving the authors of hate exactly what they need.

Bewildering.
willhay55506/02/2019 18:15

Maybe, but kinda not really my point.The comments were hardly overtly …Maybe, but kinda not really my point.The comments were hardly overtly offensive.


I'm glad *you* didn't find it offensive, but let's try this again...

Maybe if you were deaf yourself you might view it differently.
supertouring06/02/2019 18:55

Being offended is now part of uk culture.


All that's happened is there's been a shift. Previously the expectation was that the deaf/whatever person had to play along and at least pretend bit too be offended.

Nowadays there's more onus on the person making the 'joke' to think about how others might feel about it.
TheOnlyRick06/02/2019 19:46

I'm glad *you* didn't find it offensive, but let's try this again...Maybe …I'm glad *you* didn't find it offensive, but let's try this again...Maybe if you were deaf yourself you might view it differently.


That's like saying if I only had one leg I'd know what's it like to have to try negotiate with a shoe shop for a discount.

How is your point relevant to mine, which is absolutely nothing to do with a disability of any kind?

You know what, with the utmost, sincere respect; don't bother answering that.
TheOnlyRick06/02/2019 19:49

All that's happened is there's been a shift. Previously the expectation …All that's happened is there's been a shift. Previously the expectation was that the deaf/whatever person had to play along and at least pretend bit too be offended.Nowadays there's more onus on the person making the 'joke' to think about how others might feel about it.


Why? Are you saying that if there is a chance one person might be offended then they are not allowed to say it? Get over yourself.
To all the people thinking that deaf people are being delicate snowflake killjoys, remember they're not your close friends that understand you're only joking. They don't owe you a free pass 'cos you've got top bants.

They're living their life, and some stranger behind a keyboard is belittling their suffering with an obvious and unfunny comment they've probably experienced a thousand times before.
Thanks Op. I will give this a try . I have poor hearing so hopeful this will help me.
supertouring06/02/2019 20:07

Why? Are you saying that if there is a chance one person might be offended …Why? Are you saying that if there is a chance one person might be offended then they are not allowed to say it? Get over yourself.


You can read what I said, and I definitely didn't say that!
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