If you don’t know how to use an Android device as a hearing aid, it is possible thanks to Sound Amplifier of Google. The company has a wide range of services focused on accessibility, an area in which it continues to innovate with tools such as Live Caption and Live Transcribe. Another of them is its Sound Amplifier, which has just been renewed to improve its operation even more.
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This application, which you can download for free to your phone, is used to convert a smartphone into a hearing aid. It modifies and amplifies the sounds from the outside so you can hear them better.
How to use an Android as a hearing aid using Google Sound Amplifier?
The Google Sound Amplifier is not a tool that comes integrated into Android devices, so you must download it from the Play Store. Don’t worry, because it’s free and only 3.3MB, so it won’t cover so much space on your smartphone.
Download it first from Google Play. The mission of the Sound Amplifier is quite simple: amplifying and adjusting the real sounds around to make you hear them better. All this is possible with parameters that you can configure yourself in the different sections of the app.
First of all, please note that the amplifier only works if you have a wired headset connected. Therefore, connect them and then click on the play button in the middle. Now you will be able to hear the sounds around you more clearly with the headphones.
As we said, it is possible to modify the settings in the section Sound, where you will find two options: Amplify and Adjust. You can enable the option to adjust both ears separately if you want to configure the left and right sides of the headphones independently.
To reduce the noise in your environment, go to the Noise section and select the desired reduction level: high, medium, or low. Finally, in the Source section, you can choose where the sound should come from: from the telephone microphone or from the headset microphone (if it has one).
When you hit play, you will see that the central circle is surrounded by a very striking green color that changes according to the sound. This is the audio visualizer created by Google to help you see the sounds. Also, another remarkable fact is that the sound amplifier continues to work even when you exit the application. In general, if you mess around a little, you will see that it is a very simple tool.