August 21, 2021

Our phones have become a daily necessity these days, almost like an extension of our bodies.

The ability to communicate on our phones is essential, but with hearing loss this can sometimes present a problem and handicap us in multiple ways throughout the day.

Fortunately, as technology advances, solutions arise for every need we have, and that includes apps that help with captioning phone conversations and other interactions.

We have looked at the best apps currently available for captioning on your phone, and we’ll go over the benefits and drawbacks of each below.

Some apps have been reported to have delays, incompatibilities with some phone models, or inaccuracies that can defeat the purpose.

Finding the right app to help with your phone interactions can be the missing link to help you communicate with the world around you.

While there are dozens of captioning apps available, these are the leaders of the pack, from our view.

ClearCaptions (

This free app promises “accurate near real-time phone captioning” and also provides free user support. We like that conversations are always saved and can be reviewed later, and the display and fonts can be adjusted. ClearCaptions was founded in 2011 and is available on both Android and IOS phones.

Innocaption  (

This app is also free and available on IOS and Android phones. It has patented technology and has not only voice recognition software but also live stenographers available. Just download the app, register and share your Innocaption phone number with family and friends.

The founder has been using hearing aids since he was a child so he has a personal interest and passion in providing the best captioning app available.

CaptionCall  (

CaptionCall is designed for iPad users (version 2 or newer) who prefer to see the captioning on a bigger screen. Besides the iPad 2 or newer, the only requirement is a CaptionCall account and internet connection. CaptionCall also saves conversations for later review.

Hamilton CapTel (

CapTel captioning phones app allows you to read the phone conversation and talk simultaneously. Available for both IOS and Android phones, the registration is simple: just download and hop into a conversation!

The great thing about technology is that it is constantly advancing, and where there is a need there will be someone striving to meet that need. So if you haven’t found the perfect app for  you, just wait: it will probably be launched tomorrow.

Remember that the first step to halting hearing loss and preventing further damage is to recognize your situation. Come in today for a hearing screening and formulate a strategy to train your brain to listen actively and effectively.

Diablo Hearing Services   2301 Camino Ramon, STE 106   San Ramon (925) 394-4646

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