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Apps for Hearing

Hearing app collage

This post is a collection of my favorite applications (apps) related to hearing, speech work, and sign language.  This list may be helpful to anyone working with children who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deafblind, including Speech Language Pathologists (SLP), teachers, interveners, and family members.  Please let us know if you have other apps to add to this list!




Hearing Apps

Hearing - Check logoHearing-Check by RNID

Quick, simple and completely confidential way to check your hearing, without the trek to the doctor's waiting room.

Ling 6 Sound Application logoLing 6 Sound Application

Allows a quick and easy way to check and see that a child detects those sounds that lie within the speech spectrum of hearing.

SPL Meter logoSPL Meter

Professional-grade sound level meter, also known as a decibel or dB meter.

uHear logouHear

A hearing loss screening test which allows users to test hearing to determine if it is within normal range, or detect potential hearing loss. 

Hearing Loss Simulator logoHearing Loss Simulator

Allowws users to choose a specific hearing loss configuration and then listen to sounds as though they have that particular hearing loss.

LUMA ENT Condition SimulatorLUMA ENT Condition Simulator

Tool that allows doctors to explain eight common diseases for the ear, nose, and throat.

Siemens Hearing Test logoSeimens Hearing Test

This app examines hearing to determine impairments based on how well users can detect words in background noise.

DB Meter Pro logoDecibel Meter Pro

Most feature packed decibel meter on iTunes.

Decibel 10th logoDecibel 10th


Professional sound meter, precisely measures the sound pressure level all around you.

Decibel Ultra logoDecibel Ultra

Measures the volume and helps you figure out how big the noise level compared to a benchmark.

Decibels logoDecibels

This app uses the internal microphone to estimate the sound pressure level in decibels (dB SPL).

Too Loud logoTooLoud Pro

This app allows you to see volume levels in a simple form.

Tone Generator logoTone Generator

Create different frequencies, drive insects away or compare your hearing ability with your friends and relatives and share your results.

ear id app logoEar ID

Clear full color images and animation, with an ear drum video, shows the normal outer, middle and inner anatomy of the ear.
































Speech Work

Speech Pairs logoSpeech Pairs

Complete with tips on how to improve sounds, milestones for when speech sounds should be mastered, AND helpful diagrams of tongue positioning.

Speech tutor logoSpeech Tutor

The animations inside this app take the areas of the face that impede the view of tongue placement and positioning and make them transparent.

Pocket Pairs logoPocket Pairs

This application is designed to target the twelve most common phonological processes.

The R app logoThe "R" App

Tool specifically designed for parents to help their children with the pronunciation of those notorious Rs.

opposite day logoOpposite Day

A charmingly illustrated app designed primarily to teach opposites - grouped by nouns, verbs, prepositions, and adjectives to further promote understanding of numerous areas of language.

Language Forest logoLanguage Forest


Built around the concept that users can find the primary meaning of the words, as well as how it can branch off into related words and real life experiences.

Tongue Twisters logoTongue-Twisters

Collection of over 400 tongue-twisters.

SpeakText logoSpeakText Free

Touch text documents and web pages, copy & paste, key in, then it will speak and translate sentence by sentence.

SpeechTree logoSpeechTree

This app incorporates ABA and evidence-based principles that benefit individuals with autism and others who experience complex communication needs. 

Speech Lite logoKid Speech Lite

Repeats everything you say in six different voice tones.

artic questions logoArtic Questions

Articulation enhancement and language improvement.

pocket artic logoPocket Artic

Over 3000 stimulus cards reaching 29 of the most targeted phonemes (9 of which are devoted to r and it various vocalic variations).

Articulation logoArticulation Station

Learn how to pronounce and practice the consonantal sounds in the English language with 6 fantastic and engaging articulation activities.

Voice Generator logoVoice Generator

Countless vocal variations for users to play around with.

Idioms Lite logoIdioms Lite

Multiple choice quiz system for English which provides 700 common idiomatic questions across different topic & categories with explanations of 619 Idioms with meanings & examples.

Autism & PDD Grammar Lite logoGrammar Lite

Practice grammar skills and develop joint attention, reciprocity, and early language.

Pocket Charts! Ending Letter Sounds logoPocket Charts! Ending Letter Sounds


This easy game will teach and reinforce letter sounds and phonics skills.

SpectrumView logoSpectrumView

Visualize in real-time the frequencies that you can hear around you and even those you cannot.

Pocket Lexi app iconPocket Lexi

Unique eBook reader application designed specifically for educational and therapeutic purposes.



British Sign Language logoBritish Sign Language Alphabet

All 26 signs corresponding to the characters of the alphabet are displayed on the screen as buttons.

British Sign Language - Finger Spelling logoBSL Sign Language - Finger Spelling

This app encourages and enables people to learn British Sign Language (BSL) alphabet and practice at their own pace. 

ASL Dictionary HD American Sign Language logoASL Dictionary HD

From A-Z The most complete interactive ASL Dictionary app.

Baby Sign and Learn logoBaby Sign and Learn

Designed for parents teaching their children to sign that uses video a live signer and has audio.

iSign lite logoiSign Lite

An animated phrase book of basic American Sign Language (ASL) gestures.

ASL Dictionary logoASL Dictionary

Translate English into ASL, from A-Z, plus the entire numerical system, common English phrases, symbols and much more. 

Marlee Signs logoMarlee Signs

This app will teach you the fundamentals of ASL – from the signed alphabet and basic vocabulary through to common expressions in everyday life – using high-quality video demonstrations starring Marlee Matlin herself.

Signed StoriesSigned Stories

Best-selling children’s stories animated by ITV with narration, music and fun learning games, BSL and ASL options, free book and vocabulary builder.

Patty Shukla app logoPatty Shukla

9 fun musical videos that are educational and interactive.

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Please note that you may need to check whether the app has been updated or whether it only works with certain operating systems.  Please let us know if you have any information to share about any of the apps on this page!  You can email us or leave a comment below. 


Posted on July 14, 2014
Updated on: August 8, 2018