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New App Translates Speech into Text for Deaf Individuals

There is a seemingly endless parade of novel audio smartphone-enabled apps, many of them either geared toward audiophiles who want to curate their own individual listening experience, or people with milder hearing loss who want to dabble with amplification. Recently, a new app – one that has the potential to improve the daily living of individuals with severe-profound hearing loss– has been created by Brandon Isobe. Inspired by his father, who is deaf, Isobe’s app allows deaf individuals to communicate with others using real time speech recognition.

Called App MyEar, with a simple pair of earbuds and an iPhone, the app translates verbal speech into written worlds that are displayed in real-time on the iPhone screen.

Estimates vary, but somewhere between 500,000 and 2 million Americans and Canadians use American Sign Language (ASL) to communicate. Like any language, both the speaker and listener need to be fluent in the language for communication to occur.  Even though many Deaf individuals and their families use ASL, it is difficult for Deaf people to communicate with others who are not fluent in ASL.


Translating Voice to Text for Deaf and Hard of Hearing


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App My Ear now available on iTunes

With App My Ear and a pair of earbuds, verbal communication is instantly translated into text messages for the Deaf person to read.

Mr. Isobe and his father, who is a graduate of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, New York, created the app earlier this year. App My Ear is currently available for iPhone users only at the iTunes store. The cost of the app is $9.99


Readers interested in related technology for Android devices may want to review a new app put out by Google in 2019, called Live Transcribe. The app gives persons with hearing loss speech-to-text capabilities, providing real-time captions for conversations that scroll on the Android users’ phones. 


  1. Hi
    I have a daughter with auditory processing difficulties (people speak too quickly for her brain to process the speech) and so am looking for an app that can turn her phone conversations into speech in real time ( a bit like using sub titles on movies – it helps with speech recognition). Just wondering if your app can do this ( or ifyou can suggest one that does) and also do you have android version?

    1. Hi Kerry – Apple earbuds are recommended because it has a microphone attached to it and the microphone improves the dictation quality – the headphones are designed to sift through the background noise. If you have any follow up questions, please send me an email at brandon@appmyear.com or visit our Facebook page for more tips/tricks on using the app.

    1. Hi C – thanks for purchasing the app! What challenges are you facing when using the app? You do need to be connected to WiFI, LTE, 3G data for the app to work. Please send me an email at brandon@appmyear.com so we can troubleshoot

    1. Hi Beverly – Apple earbuds are recommended because they have a microphone attached to the device that is created specifically to sift through background noise. It tends to improve the transcription quality. If you have any questions, please send me an email: brandon@appmyear.com

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