Android Accessibility – Hearing

Note: The following examples assume Android version 6.0 or above. Screenshots may vary slightly to your screen display.



Mono Audio

If you suffer from a hearing impairment in one of your ears and you are using headphones, you may struggle to hear the full sound in stereo as it can split sound channels between both ears. Mono allows the same single channel of sound to be heard in both ears.

This is also useful for people who only want to listen to the sound with one headphone.

  Go to Settings > Accessibility > Mono Audio

Select the Mono audio option

Fig.1 Mono audio



Android devices offer the option to turn on captions providing additional support for those with hearing impairments when watching their favourite films, entertainment channels and videos on Google apps such as YouTube.


This will show the text of the spoken dialogue overlayed on the screen in closed captioning format.


When the option to view closed captioning is selected on the entertainment app ie YouTube – the language, text size and colour contrasting captioning style configured through the Android settings will take affect.


  Go to Settings > Accessibility > Captions

Toggle the Captions label on

Fig.2 Captions label in

         Accessibility settings

         is turned on.


  • Tap on the Captions label and configure the Standard   Options by choosing a Language, Text Size and Caption Style (text colour and background colour)




Fig.3 Standard caption

           options to configure.


Vibration settings

       Android phones can be set to vibrate for call, notifications and alarms.

  To set phone to vibrate for calls only go to Settings > Sound and Notification > Vibrate

  Select ‘Vibrate’



Fig.4 Vibrate option is



  • When the devices volume is turned all the way down, notifications set to play a sound will vibrate

LED Flash for Alerts

       This can be useful for the hearing impaired to see notifications coming in to the Phone.

       Whenever you receive a notification the LED light (camera flash) on your Phone will flash 3 times. The Phone needs to be screen down and visible for the user to catch it.

This is useful when used in combination with vibration.

  • Go to Settings > Sound and Notification > Flash Notifications


Tap on Flash Notifications and choose between ‘Always’ or ‘When the screen is off’



                             Fig.5 Flash notifications is

                          set to ‘Always’.