Galaxy phone Hearing enhancement features

Galaxy Note 10 displaying Hearing Enhancements setting

Having a hearing impairment doesn’t mean you need to miss out on alerts from your phone. You can still enjoy great sound quality when receiving an email, playing a game, or using a hearing aid. Your phone offers Hearing enhancements if you find it difficult to hear, so you can adjust the audio to suit your needs.

Note: Available screens and settings may vary by wireless service provider, software version, and phone model.

Use Hearing enhancement features

The standard audio settings on your phone may not be suitable for everyone, depending on the level of hearing impairment. If you need assistance detecting different sounds, like text message notifications or nearby conversations, turn on the Hearing enhancement features.

From Settings, swipe to and tap Accessibility. Tap Hearing enhancements to view the list of features:

  • Hearing aid support: Optimize the sound quality for use with hearing aids, or use Bluetooth to pair compatible hearing aids.

Hearing enhancements screen with a list of options for text, hearing aid, and sound
  • Amplify ambient sound: Using your headphones, you can increase the volume of conversations around you. Tap the switch to turn this on, and the Accessibility icon (it looks like a person) will appear in your navigation bar.

  • Adapt Sound: Find the appropriate sound based on your age range, or create your own personalized sound for your level of hearing impairment.

  • Left/right sound balance: Adjust the slider to find the correct balance for sounds coming from the left side and right side of your phone’s speakers. This does not include phone calls.

  • Mono audio: Easily switch between stereo and mono audio.

  • Mute all sounds: Silence all sounds, including calls and notifications.

  • Live transcribe: Download the Live Transcribe app to display live speech on screen. Tap this option to begin the download.

  • Subtitle settings: Choose between Samsung or Google subtitles if you’d like subtitles to appear on your screen when playing videos with embedded subtitles.

  • Sound detectors: Receive alerts when a baby is crying or when a doorbell rings. The doorbell detector will prompt you to make a recording of your doorbell before it is able to detect it.

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