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Old February 4th, 2010, 08:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Sound amplifier/hearing aid app?

I have searched for an app that would allow a hard of hearing person to use earbuds and have the phone amplify the ambient sound to act as a poor man's hearing aid or souns amplifier. Not even sure if this is possible but it seems it might work in theory. Any developers out there know if this is realistic?

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I have searched for an app that would allow a hard of hearing person to use earbuds and have the phone amplify the ambient sound to act as a poor man's hearing aid or souns amplifier. Not even sure if this is possible but it seems it might work in theory. Any developers out there know if this is realistic?
In answering my own question(s) I have discovered some technology called AmpliCell which is a small start-up company which has published the source code for this prototype. I know I'm not the only hard of hearing user out there and this could be a future blessing. I'm still looking for an actual app that I can download now. Here is the link: Amplification for Cellular Phones
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In answering my own question(s) I have discovered some technology called AmpliCell which is a small start-up company which has published the source code for this prototype. I know I'm not the only hard of hearing user out there and this could be a future blessing. I'm still looking for an actual app that I can download now. Here is the link: Amplification for Cellular Phones


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Default hearing aid

Ginger labs has soundamp r for the iphone. unfortunately they have no plans to adapt it to the droid. I don't know if their code is open. A lite version is free and the full version is cheap.

if the code is open maybe a good app person could convert it

my least favorite choice would be to buy a used iphone but it may come to that.

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Menu > Settings > Call > Hearing Aids


Have you tried that setting?
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Old July 20th, 2010, 04:44 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Ginger labs has soundamp r for the iphone. unfortunately they have no plans to adapt it to the droid. I don't know if their code is open. A lite version is free and the full version is cheap.

if the code is open maybe a good app person could convert it

my least favorite choice would be to buy a used iphone but it may come to that.

any other ideas?
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VERY interesting. It's exactly what I was looking for. I found the site and it's great. (Ginger Labs - Products) I knew it was out there somewhere. Now, if only it becomes available on the Android market (which I'm sure it will) then it would certainly be a popular app. Thanks !
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Menu > Settings > Call > Hearing Aids


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I think that's only for hearing aid compatibility isn't it? You know, to reduce potential feedback for those people who wear hearing aids and get too close to the circuitry in the phone?
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All it says is that it will amplify in-call volume. I have no idea I've never tried it.
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Have you tried that setting?
That boosts the sound for phone calls. However he is looking for it to amplify sound around the phone, and act as sort of microphone that you can listen to.
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Old July 20th, 2010, 05:21 PM   #10 (permalink)
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That boosts the sound for phone calls. However he is looking for it to amplify sound around the phone, and act as sort of microphone that you can listen to.
Actually I have the Droid X now and it doesn't even have those settings. Thanks anyway.
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the only other solution that isn't yet (globally) publically available is SRS Max-V, which is currently only on lenovo's android Ophone (China).

So this means it is possible but no clue on getting apks or market download.

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You really need hearing aids, no way around that. Ear buds wont give you the amplification or clarity that a hearing aid will.
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I am deaf myself. I use hearing aids in telecoil mode and amplified neck loop plugged into the headphone jack. Works great. Its significantly gets around the limitations of the droid.
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Nevertheless, if you insist on using ear buds then get some of those skull candy ear buds and a pocket headphone amp. You should be able to get all that for around $60.00 or so.
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I have a small portable am/fm radio with a switch that converts it to a hearing aid. I use it with earbuds when walking the dog - and when I meet someone with whom I'd like to chat I flip that switch and voila! It would be GREAT if an app developer figured out how to use the phone that way.
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Flash the zip i attached to make the volume twice as loud on everything...
This means media, calls, ringtones, and dialer app.
I'm assuming you're rooted...if you're not WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!?
BACKUP BEFORE FLASHING THIS!(in case you want to go back to normal volume.)
Go to recovery, choose flash from sdcard, then choose the TurnItToEleven.zip let it do its thing then reboot. Enjoy double the sound volume.
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I have a small portable am/fm radio with a switch that converts it to a hearing aid. I use it with earbuds when walking the dog - and when I meet someone with whom I'd like to chat I flip that switch and voila! It would be GREAT if an app developer figured out how to use the phone that way.
Earbuds are not hearing aids.
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Flash the zip i attached to make the volume twice as loud on everything...
This means media, calls, ringtones, and dialer app.
I'm assuming you're rooted...if you're not WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!?
BACKUP BEFORE FLASHING THIS!(in case you want to go back to normal volume.)
Go to recovery, choose flash from sdcard, then choose the TurnItToEleven.zip let it do its thing then reboot. Enjoy double the sound volume.

Software can never replace hardware.
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Earbuds are not hearing aids.
No, but the combination of the device's microphone, amplifier, and earbuds equate to an effective hearing aid.

I also have hearing aids. But this neat device means I can walk the dog while listening to radio, switching to amplifier when I encounter someone. A nice solution...
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No, but the combination of the device's microphone, amplifier, and earbuds equate to an effective hearing aid.
Not really. Hearing aids now have very advanced digital signal processors in them. Only hearing aids can do telecoil too, not ear buds. Ear buds don't have over 110 db of gain either as it could cause significant hearing damage.



http://www.surfnetkids.com/safety/earbud_safety_with_volume_and_decibel_levels-23520.htm

http://www.eetimes.com/electronics-products/embedded-tools/4093152/24-bit-DSP-cranks-up-hearing-aid-quality

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Microphones are for talking not listening. They are nothing even similar to hearing aids.
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i have a new pair of Agil pro hearing aids ..thay are blue tooth so i hook right to my X ...Way cool
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Angel Interesting..

I was looking for an android app that can amplify the distant sound, kind a sort of eavesdropping tool while googling I landed up here..
I really couldn't find any such tool then I was thinking may be its technically not feasible because mobile phones got background noise reduction filter built in for clearer calls even in noisy environment. Still could there be chances that we try to break down the little heard background noises between sources and try to amplify selected one only within software
Any thoughts guys?? Please help me, if I could get the algorithm right...i would like to give a shot to build this app for everyone
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Did you try emailing any of phone company requesting this Settings feature??
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Default Need android app: Real-time audio processing with amplification compression equalization etc

I think it's obvious, with and beyond the hearing aid crowd the android could prove to be a highly sophisticated listening device, with realtime audio processing including compression, so a normal person can hear the most distant whispers along with louder more present sounds. This functionality is more or less a matter of time...


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I was looking for an android app that can amplify the distant sound, kind a sort of eavesdropping tool while googling I landed up here..
I really couldn't find any such tool then I was thinking may be its technically not feasible because mobile phones got background noise reduction filter built in for clearer calls even in noisy environment. Still could there be chances that we try to break down the little heard background noises between sources and try to amplify selected one only within software
Any thoughts guys?? Please help me, if I could get the algorithm right...i would like to give a shot to build this app for everyone
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Maybe cell phones with mp3 capability should have this feature, specially today when almost all headphones strive for noise isolation.
I remember finding a portable casssete player ages ago with a built-in microphone though it is not used for recording but rather for added function to hear conversation without removing the headset.
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Maybe cell phones with mp3 capability should have this feature, specially today when almost all headphones strive for noise isolation.
I remember finding a portable casssete player ages ago with a built-in microphone though it is not used for recording but rather for added function to hear conversation without removing the headset.

I have an old "Sharper Image" AM/FM radio that also works as a hearing aid. When walking the dog I don't wear my aids, but put the earbuds in and use that device for music, talk show, etc. and when I encounter someone and want to chat I just flip the switch. It's excellent, but is wearing out. I'd like to find another one...
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Default Found it!

Try VirtualAmp on the Android Market, It's free and pretty good too!

I was skiing recently and wanted to listen to music while skiing, trouble is when my ear buds were in my ears, I couldn't hear others talk (even when the music was on mute) due to the earbuds, & hat). This app pipes the Microphone into the headphones and can even amplify it if needed.

The only thing that would be nice would be if it could reverse mute, so that when the music is muted, the VirtualAmp is activated, and when the Music is playing, the VirutalAmp is disabled. Anyone know of an App that can do that trick?

Enjoy!
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HI I have a cousin bother whose hearing is not good but he loves to listen music. So this is my posting and asking about hearing aids availability which can help him in listening music, I know the sound can’t be high but a little thing is better than nothing. My cousin atlanta hearing aids doctor said it’s okay to have hearing aids apply to listen music.
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Default Android Hearing App with Bluetoth and Directional microphone?

Seems like lots of apps out there that can AMPLIFY sound, but a very useful addition to the mix would be an app to allow the user to plug a directional microphone into the phone, then listen to the sound via a bluetooth earbud to isolate and CLARIFY sound. I have one deaf ear and one that is normal. The environment that gives me trouble is one where I'm trying to listen to someone in an environment with lots of background noise (cafeteria, etc). Just using the cell microphone with an earbud in the good ear doesn't accomplish the goal -- what I'd love to be able to do is to point the cell with the directional microphone at the person I'm speaking to and have that sound transferred by BT. Any developer who makes this will doubtlessly win the hearts and wallets of the world's one-eared Android population.....
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here's what i've found so far:

VirtualAmp: Realtime microphone listening with good amplification and a few disableable gimmicky filters built in to make your voice sound like a robot. No real useful audio signal processing for hearing impaired but works a bit as a hearing aid. Of course you should be able to plug in a highly directional (eavesdropping) microphone in to your droid with the right combination of cords/adapters

SoundAMP(recommended): Similar to above but more geared towards the hearing aid crowd. Good amplification and the ability to edit a few graphic equalizer bars to enhance or turn down specific frequencies. Also has the ability to record sound while listening.

RealTimeAudioFX: Another real time audio listener with equalization, bassboost, and reverb filters. Don't see a record and this one doesn't get as loud as SoundAMP above.

HearingAndroid: Similar to the above entries with equalizer settings and possibly an option to record (see it here, don't see how it works).

All of the above were free downloads. I had a good pair of efficient deep-in-the-ear headphones so amplification level wasn't really an issue. If you have less efficient headphones SoundAMP would probably be the winner as it seems to allow a much larger degree of audio amplification. Again, with any of the above you should be able to find an audio splitter cord that allows external microphone input and attach a highly directional microphone possibly launching your own spy agency.
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No, but the combination of the device's microphone, amplifier, and earbuds equate to an effective hearing aid.

I also have hearing aids. But this neat device means I can walk the dog while listening to radio, switching to amplifier when I encounter someone. A nice solution...
Most likely a VERY effective hearing aid! (anything that makes you hear better is a "hearing aid", including a funnel held up to your ear! ;-)

I wear custom fitted sound isolating earbuds while riding my motorcycle, and since these are fitted pieces, I cannot wear my hearing aids at the same time. I typically have them plugged into my GPS or iPod for listening to music at very low volume while I ride, and the concept of "switching" to pass-through sound while stopped, or when conversing with another rider/pedestrian would be a HUGE benefit. If there becomes an app available for my Android which will do this without a complex array of button pushes, it would certainly improve the quality of my rides!

As it is, when we stop for lunch/break/whatever, I am virtually deaf on my bike, until I can park the bike, remove my helmet, then remove the custom earbuds, take my hearing aids out of their protective case and insert them. This is a major inconvenience when my riding partner pulls up and starts asking questions about our stop or directions or whatever.
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