HearingCompanion is an electronic ear Android smartphone application that was developed in collaboration with SBIR award winner, CreateAbility Concepts, Inc., to help people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing identify sounds in their environment. The app works with multiple data plans, connecting to the internet via cellular, internet or Wi-Fi and instantaneously communicates with CreateAbility’s server (cloud) to identify sounds. The app supports touch screen and keyboard input, and is operable with Bluetooth microphones that are optimized for sounds in addition to voice. It can also be used with a dashboard mount to detect in-car sounds from police, fire trucks and ambulances. The HearingCompanion comes with a lifetime upgrade on new versions and the license can be migrated to a new phone.