App turns iPhone into a hearing aid

Hard of Hearing? Just Grab Your iPhone

People don’t normally equate the iPhone with medical innovation but a now there’s an application that doubles as a hearing aid..

The application, called soundAMP, is made by Ginger Labs, a California-based software applications developer, and is available in the iTunes store for US$9.99.SoundAmp

Though it’s not an actual hearing aid, soundAMP achieves a similar effect. Users just launch the application and then plug in a pair of earphones. The application takes in sound from a microphone (be it built-in, in a headset or from elsewhere) and then amplifies and filters it.

Then you can adjust the volume to your liking with a slider on the touchscreen. You also can replay five or 30 seconds by tapping the appropriate button on the screen. Hearing aids often may be associated with the more mature, but soundAMP’s developers insist their product is age neutral — of equal value to the octogenarian hard of hearing and the college student stuck in the back of a large lecture class.