Entertainment Apps for Deaf Young People

Apps that can assist deaf young people and children to enjoy and have more access to TV, movies, books, games, and music.

Listening to music without missing the lyrics or watching television without missing any words is crucial. There are numerous apps that provide access to subtitled television and movies, as well as some which let users see the words while the song is being played.

Sound Hound

Cost: Free
Available on: iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows

Sound Hound identifies and recognizes music playing around you, regardless if it’s singing, humming, or a record. The app lets you share music you like on social networks like Twitter or Facebook. You can also purchase tracks and keep up on your fav singer or group.

A big feature of the app, for deaf users, is the “live lyrics.” Once Sound Hound has detected the song playing, you can select to see the song’s lyrics on screen and the words scroll at the same beat as the music. How cool is that?

BBC iPlayer
Cost: Free
Available on: iOS, Android, Windows, Blackberry

Providing a wide range of live radio and television, this one lets the user download programs to watch later, even when you don’t have a Wi-Fi or 3G/4G connection. This app gives access to subtitles as well. .

Toca Builders

This colorful and bright app allows users to construct structures with various colors and blocks. This app is engaging, full of color, and fun, not to mention quite stimulating. The app is crafted to be simple and easy to use but with a wide range of content, encouraging creativity via painting, constructing, and building. This is a popular mainstream app which is specifically accessible to deaf children because of the top-quality visual content.