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Hearing and Auditory

The following Free or Low Cost Assistive Technology programs, software, websites, and apps focus on different forms of Hearing and Auditory Support. The information about the following applications has been summarized from the applications’ websites and/or from experience testing the applications. We update this page approximately once a year. Please refer to the applications’ websites for the most up to date information.

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Hearing and Auditory


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  • Real-time closed captioning for what is being said around the user
  • Use the app in meetings or conversations to see what people are saying
  • In the free version, you can caption one-on-one conversations or group conversations for up to 40 minutes at a time
  • More Information: Ava Website

Cost: Free or $9.95 per month for Community
Compatibility: Online Resource; iOS; Android


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  • Real-time Captioning through AI technology for phone calls
  • View conversations on phone, tablet, or computer
  • Captions in 100 different languages
  • Not intended for in-person events, but can be used for any event that you can dial into
  • More Information: CaptionMate Website

Cost: free
Compatibility: iOS; Android; Online Resource

Live Captions (Beta)

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  • One of Apple’s built-in accessibility features
  • Turn on live captions to use on applications such as FaceTime or Podcasts, and have available for in-person interactions on your Apple device
  • Customizable screen appearance for captions
  • More Information: Apple’s Website

Cost: free
Compatibility: iPhone, iPad, Mac

Live Listen with AirPods

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  • When turning on Live Listen, you can listen to conversations in your headphones better in a noisy environment.
  • Once Live Listen is turned on your device, your device will need to be near the person you are wanting to listen to.
  • More Information: Apple’s Website

Cost: Included on iPhone and iPad
Compatibility: iOS

Live Transcribe & Sound Notifications

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  • Speech recognition software that generates real time transcriptions on Android devices
  • Set custom notifications
  • Save past transcriptions
  • Includes notifications based on sounds happening around you
  • More Information: Live Transcribe & Sound Notifications Application

Cost: Free
Compatibility: Android


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  • AI live transcription and recording application that can be used in meetings, in class, or on the go
  • The mobile and online platforms allow users to record, create notes from live transcripts, and share notes with others
  • Works with Zoom
  • More Information: Website

Cost: Free and $8.33/month for Pro (billed annually)
Compatibility: iOS; Android; Online Resource


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  • Phone call captioning app
  • Unlimited calls with friends who also have the Rogervoice app with the free version
  • More Information: Rogervoice Website

Cost: Free or $5.99/month for 1 hour plan
Compatibility: iOS; Android

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