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5 New Tools To Help the Deaf Community

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) recently published a study showing a strong link between depression and hearing loss. According to the study, 4.9% of the general population has depression, but that number jumps to 11.4% among the hearing impaired.

Isolation is a major cause of depression, but technology is helping the deaf connect more readily with the world than ever before. Below are five gadgets that help the deaf communicate.

At ATS Secured, we applaud technologies that connect people to the world around them—be it during the mortgage process or in everyday tasks.  

1. RogerVoice

Mortgage technologyThis software incorporates speech recognition that transforms phone calls into live instant messages. It works with mobile phones, landlines and even in teleconferences. It also lets the user type what they want to say, and the technology will speak for them.

2.  Motion Savvy

mortgage regulationsWith this tool, a specialized camera tracks both hands and all 10 fingers to translate sign language into the spoken word. Like RogerVoice, it also translates speech to text.

3. Sign Aloud

Sign language glovesTwo students from the University of Washington have invented gloves that can translate sign language into text or speech. Their invention has earned them a $10,000 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize.

4.  Mimix

real estate techThis mobile app interprets spoken and written English into sign language using an avatar.

5) Lipnet

Mortgage regulationsThis app uses AI software that reads lips better than most humans, with 92% accuracy. Instead of translating one word at a time, it focuses on sentence construction. The program also learns and becomes more accurate over time.

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