Smartphone features for people with Hearing Loss

Over the last few years advances in technology have opened up communication options for people with hearing loss and deafness, particularly on smartphones.

AbilityNet and Action on Hearing Loss logosIn our free expert webinar AbilityNet in partnership with Action on Hearing Loss spoke about the latest smartphone features and adaptations that allow people with hearing loss to stay in control of their tech and achieve their goals online.

The webinar contained useful information for people with hearing loss as well as their friends, families and colleagues.

The audience for this webinar also included people with a professional interest in hearing impairments and assistive technology i.e. occupational therapists and support workers.

The webinar lasted 45 minutes and included a question and answer session.

About the webinar

A smartphone with the home screen displayedDid you know there are 11 million people with hearing loss in the UK? Our webinar started with some facts to show the importance of the support available from AbilityNet, Action on Hearing Loss and other organisations.

Next we looked at the accessibility features that are readily available in smartphone settings, including LED flash for alerts, live transcribe and baby detector.

It is possible to connect smartphones to hearing aids - we shared hearing aid compatibility ratings, hearing loop settings and also talked about amplified smartphones.

The webinar ended with a question and answer session with our experts.

Webinar Recording and Slide Deck

A recording of the webinar is available on-demand below, along with the slide deck and transcript from the presentation. 

To find out more about technology and hearing loss:

Email AbilityNet at or call us on 0800 269 545 during UK office hours

Email Action on Hearing Loss at or call 0808 808 0123

Empathy and experience: meet our hearing-impaired IT Volunteer

9 useful apps for people who are deaf or have hearing loss

Smartphone features for people with Hearing Loss - AbilityNet webinar slides via SlideShare

Date of webinar: 
21 May 2019 - 13:00