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Deaf Or Hard Of Hearing? Use Android’s Accessibility Optons

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 by | Filed Under: Android, Smartphones

There’s not doubt that the advent of cell phones and texting has made a real difference in the lives of the deaf and hearing impaired. Twenty-five years ago, deaf people needed special devices to communicate via the phone. Now those with hearing impairments can use texts  and messaging to instantly communicate with deaf and hearing friends alike.

Android also has some options designed to aid the deaf or hearing impaired built into the system. To take advantage of the accessibility options, first, go to Settings. The icon normally looks like a gear.


Then choose Accessibility.

android accessibility

Select Hearing.


Your first option is to turn on flash notifications. This means that the flash of the camera will flash to let you know about incoming calls, messages, or notifications. There’s also the option to turn off all sounds. If you can’t hear it, there’s no reason to have a phone making noise. This could also be a good option if you’re someone who is continually forgetting to turn off the sound in classes, church, or movie theaters.


Underneath that is a great option for those who use hearing aids. You can adjust the sound on your phone so that it is optimized to work with your hearing aid.


The next option is to turn on subtitles for videos. Since I use a Samsung phone, I have the option between Samsung and Google subtitles.


You can adjust language, title size, and title color.


There’s also an option to adjust the sound balance between left and right for your device or switch to mono.

~ Cynthia



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2 Responses to “Deaf Or Hard Of Hearing? Use Android’s Accessibility Optons”

  1. Trish says:

    Cynthia, this is great for most, but what my husband does is put the call on speaker and then I can translate any words he doesn’t recognize. His difficulty, beside word recognition is high pitched voices, so can he make calls have more of a base sound instead of a high treble sound. He uses an android phone. Thanks, Trish

  2. XRumerTest says:

    Hello. And Bye.

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