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App MyEar iPhone App for Deaf/Hard of Hearing People

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Hi All -

I recently made an iPhone app for my dad (who is deaf) to help him communicate with hearing people. Did you know that lipreading is only ~30% accurate? My dad is a 5 handicap golfer and I noticed that often times he'll get paired up with other golfers in tournaments or weekend play, and after the other golfers find out he's deaf they'll simplify their speech or avoid talking to him because they don't know what to say. The app converts voice-to-text in real time and all you would have to do is talk into the phone or plug in an Apple earbud and talk into the microphone (which tends to reduce the background noice and get a more accurate transcription).

My dad has tested the app in numerous situations, including on the golf course, and so far the response has been great. The new people he meets are able to speak normally and he can follow along with the conversation by reading the iPhone instead of acting like he understands what his going or being said.

Have any of you played golf with someone who is deaf or hard-of-hearing and would App MyEar have helped your interaction? Curious to know what you think!

Link to a recent interview we did for Rochester news: http://www.rochester...n-duo/861743558

And a link to our Facebook page with more information and video of the app in action: https://www.facebook.com/appmyear/ 

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I have not been paired up with any deaf persons on the golf course, but I do work with some deaf people, something like this could be a really good way for us to communicate with them without interpreters, especially in impromptu meetings. Being able to convert voice to text in real time would be awesome.

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I have not been paired up with any deaf persons on the golf course, but I do work with some deaf people, something like this could be a really good way for us to communicate with them without interpreters, especially in impromptu meetings. Being able to convert voice to text in real time would be awesome.

 

Nice! That's what my dad uses it for. There's a lot of last-minute meetings he has with his boss and there isn't enough time to get an interpreter. It's always better to have an interpreter but this app helps when there isn't possible to have an interpreter there. 

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