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Apps for Hearing and Sight difficulties

Phone and Ipad showing appsApps are being developed all the time, for use on your phone or tablet, to make everyday life easier to manage and promote independence and safety at home and when out and about. The ILC Occupational Therapists have undertaken their own internal assessments of the apps before adding them to the website. These Apps are produced and maintained by third parties and any access and use of this app constitutes acceptance by you of the Terms and Conditions. See our Apps disclaimer.


View our apps suggestions for hearing and sight difficulties below:

Using BeSpecular, the visually impaired user takes a photo of what they want to know about, (instruction on foodproduct, electric meter readout, do these socks match, what colour is this…) or upload a photograph or screenshot (describe this photograph, what is this number) . They then record or type a message with specific question, which is sent to sighted volunteers. The volunteer will respond to the information and send a verbal or text message back.  Available on IOS and android. Pros: Helpful responses received from friendly volunteers. Cons: Response times vary depending on availability of volunteers. The app does not have the facility to check the quality of the photograph before it’s sent. Some issues uploading photos during trial; may have been due to poor internet signal.
Version: 1.2 Storage Space: 24.25KB


Live Transcribe
Live Transcribe is very easy to use transcription app, which translates speech to text- including words, numbers, and dates. Each speaker has a different colour text so you can identify who is speaking. Transcriptions can be saved.
Pros: You can increase the font size and background colour, making it useful for those with both hearing and visual impairment. Very accurate in transcribing words, numbers, dates, along with adding in punctuation. It is quick to show text on screen once spoken. Available on android only. Cons: No on-screen button to turn off the microphone- you have to turn off app to do this and reopen to start a new conversation. Version: 3.0.313045562. Storage space: 41.45


Speech notes is a speech to text transcription app, which can be used to dictate and share  shopping lists/memos etc. Available on android only
Pros: Transcribes accurately and allows for pauses. Cons: Lots of adverts, but using in airplane mode prevents this and allows for quicker dictation. Version: 1.2. Storage space: 17.9MB.