I'm sure many of you have aging parents; some very hard of hearing, some deaf. Phones and spoken conversations can be difficult or impossible. But voice recognition technology seems to be improving fast.
I'm looking for one (or perhaps more) applications that:
- Can convert voice-via-microphone to a text window in near real time
- Is independent of the speaker
- Can run on Android phones or laptop PCs (both would be ideal) carried by the HoH person
- Are very easy to operate by the HoH user
In the interest of broader utility of answers, solutions for Apple devices would be OK to list; my personal interest is for non-Apple devices.
It is relatively easy to search the web for "speech to text app for deaf" and a number of applications come up. They have very few, if any, reviews. I'd prefer to hear from people with personal experience with these. You don't get many chances to install/try this for an elderly person; they don't have the expertise, so you the family tech geek have to do it, and if one or two tries fails, they may reject further attempts.
Bonus points if:
- One can add a directional microphone to allow this to be used in public lecture contexts (this gets us perhaps to hardware recommendations but capability may be important, and maybe there is some need to configure directional microphones)
- It can handle mobile phone calls in and out on an Android phone
Phones and PCs have Bluetooth capability. I don't know if this provides any additional options or choices.
I don't care if it is free or paid; I want the best results.
Any additional thoughts on how to approach this problem may be a bit off topic but much appreciated, by me and others with the same problem.