Top apps for people with hearing loss

It seems that smartphones and tablets can help us with anything these days, and your hearing is certainly no exception. If anything, the range of apps is so large it can be hard to make a decision on which to go for. To help choose the best apps for you, we’ve listed some of our favourites.

Tap Tap

One of the annoyances, and sometimes dangers, of hearing loss is that we often can’t hear alerts such as the doorbell, or know when someone behind us is speaking. “Tap Tap” detects those kinds of sounds and lets you know by vibrating and flashing your phone. The sensitivity can be adjusted and the app can either run in the background or be switched on and off as you need it.

TapTap is an app available on iOS at $4.49.


The AUD-1 app turns your smartphone into a hearing aid, when paired with a normal set of headphones.  It amplifies sounds around you, playing them through your headphones, and offers sophisticated ‘sound shaping’, tuning the software to your specific needs. Users can switch between a range of settings, making adjustments for each ear.

AUD-1 is available on iOS at $10.99.

ReSound Tinnitus Relief

Are you ears buzzing? “ReSound Relief” may offer a combination of sound therapy and relaxation exercises to distract you from your tinnitus. You can create your own soundscapes by combining sounds, set a colour mood, adjust sound to each ear and enjoy relaxing exercises like bubble-popping.

ReSound Tnnitus Relief is available on iOS or Android for FREE.

Whist – Tinnitus Relief

Another app for tinnitus, “Whist” uses sound therapy to help the user identify and create sounds that match the pitch and loudness of their tinnitus to provide the best relief. The goal of this app is to desensitise the brain to tinnitus sound over time.  Designed for when you’re out and about, concentrating or trying to sleep, “Whist” is easy to use and can run in the background where preferred.
Whist – Tinnitus Relief is available on iOS or Android for $2.99

Remember, new apps are coming out frequently so it’s worth doing a little research from time to time, particularly if you have something specific you’d like your device to help you with. Meanwhile, we hope you enjoy trying out some of our favourites.
If you’re trying to find an app to assist you with a particular hearing issue and would like some guidance, you are always welcome to contact your local hearing centre for advice.
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