Speech to Text Apps
Speech to text apps – or live captions, auto captions – are useful for pretty much everyone in some capacity.
If you are hearing, they can record your notes, translate content, help with communication.
For us hearing impaired in any capacity – deaf, Deaf, hard of hearing – they serve as a vital communication tool to help us understand what people are saying. They take the speech (that others are saying) and put it into written form.
Some Pointers on the Apps Listed:
- These apps are linked to the iOS (Apple) store. It is indicated in each app if it is available through Android.
- All of the speech to text apps are FREE, but some of them require a subscription after a certain amount of trial has passed.
- The apps that were created specifically to help us deaf in speech to text are listed first; the apps that were created by and for hearing and just incidentally help us deaf, are listed after.
Of the apps listed, I know that Ava, Sorenson Buzz, Otter, Google Live and Cardzilla are very popular with the d/Deaf community. There are many apps that are not listed; I focused on the most popular ones.
All of the apps were installed on my phone and I tried then out before listing.
Speech to Text Apps Created for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing
In This Post You Will Find:
- Ava 24/7 Accessible Life by Transcense, Inc (iOS, Android)
- Sorenson Buzz Cards by Sorenson Communications, Inc. (iOS, Android)
- Otter Voice Meeting Notes by AISense (English only) (iOS, Android)
- Cardzilla by Ink & Salt LLC (iOS, Android)
- Google Live Transcribe (Android only)
- Microsoft Translator by Microsoft (iOS, Android, Windows)
- Hearo – Live Captions by Thomas Backes (iOS, Android)
- Big Note by Peter Macias (iOS, Android)
- Google Keep by Google LLC (iOS, Android)
Ava 24/7 Accessible Life by Transcense, Inc (iOS, Android)
Ava is an app designed to empower people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing by allowing to follow conversations in real time. The app provides 24/7 real-time captioning (with up to 95% accuracy, based on artificial intelligence), on your smartphone.
Sorenson Buzz Cards by Sorenson Communications, Inc. (iOS, Android)
Speech to Text Apps Created for Hearing, but Have Use for Us Deaf/Hearing Impaired
These are the apps that were created by or for the hearing community but which prove to be useful for our d/Deaf or hearing impaired community.
Otter, Cardzilla and Google Live Transcribe are particularly popular.
I really liked the displays for the ones with larger fonts (like Cardzilla and Big Note), and loved how easy it is to do more with the application with Google Keep.
Check these live caption apps out:
Otter Voice Meeting Notes by AISense (English only) (iOS, Android)
Cardzilla by Ink & Salt LLC (iOS, Android)
Google Live Transcribe (Android only)
Available only on Android, but very popular.
Microsoft Translator by Microsoft (iOS, Android, Windows)
Hearo – Live Captions by Thomas Backes (iOS, Android)
This app performs live captioning of speech. To use the app, just hit the microphone button and begin speaking. The spoken words are converted to text and displayed on the screen. To stop the captioning, press the microphone button again. Use this app to help communicate and record what was said.
Big Note by Peter Macias (iOS, Android)
Google Keep by Google LLC (iOS, Android)
Many, Many Live Caption, Speech to Text Apps
There are way more apps than listed here; this list is an attempt to highlight the best speech to text apps that are free, easy to immediately install and use.
If you know of one not mentioned, or have an experience with something listed, please share in the comments!
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Meriah Nichols is a career counselor. Solo mom to 3 (one with Down syndrome, one gifted 2E). Deaf, with C-PTSD and TBI, she’s also a gardening nerd who loves cats, Star Trek, and takes her coffee hot and black.