Hear coach

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Description of App: 

From the app store:
Individuals with hearing loss tend to have increased difficulty understanding speech in noise and as a result experience communication breakdowns. Tasks like the ones in this game have been shown to help improve listening ability in noise. When people have improved listening in noise they don't have to work as hard to hear and can relax and participate in conversations without straining, even in loud or busy environments.

Hear Coach is a suite of listening games developed by Starkey Hearing Technologies; it features games that challenge both your cognitive and auditory sharpness.

Hear Coach allows you to track your progress over time and unlock more difficult levels as your performance improves. A different background noise stimulus within each of the levels provides you with varying degrees of difficulty to help you train your auditory system in different environments. This app is designed to help people who think they might have a hearing loss, people who have new hearing aids, and even experienced hearing aid users who want to get the most out of their listening.

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Apple Watch Support: 

Not Known

Version: 

3.3.0

Free or Paid: 

Free

Device(s) App Was Tested On: 

iPod Touch

iOS Version: 

12.4

Accessibility Comments: 

Most of the buttons are clearly labeled. There are buttons next to each game name that need to be activated in order to start. Also, in the Word Target game, it's necessary to double-tap and hold the word tile you want to indicate instead of just double-tapping.

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads most page elements.

Button Labeling: 

Most buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability: 

There are some minor accessibility issues with this app, but they are easy to deal with.

Other Comments: 

This is a fun app for folks experiencing hearing loss, whether you're getting used to new hearing aids or just improving your existing hearing capability. I'm trying it now just prior to getting hearing aids, and intend to try it once I get my hearing aids. I don't think there have been many recent reviews, and there are many on the app store indicating that the sound doesn't work. I haven't had this issue.

Developer's Twitter Username: 

@starkeyhearing