Sam Bennett, a 21-year-old on the autism spectrum, had long struggled with voice modulation, speaking in a voice so overly loud it made family outings a challenge. That changed after his father, Scott Bennett, discovered his Apple Watch’s “Noise” app, which measures decibel levels of its users’ surroundings, and flashes yellow when things are loud to the point of risking hearing damage.
Bennett said his son took to the app immediately and has made significant improvements in appropriately modulating his voice.
“It’s just made things a lot more tolerable for us and for our family,” Bennett said. “It raises the possibility that maybe someday I could take him to a golf tournament, ‘cause I’d love that. He loves to golf. I’d love to try that, but I could just envision Tiger Woods backswing hearing Sam and then I’m on national television and my son’s being corralled out of the tournament grounds.”
While he appreciates the noise app, Bennett says he wishes his son could have had access to the technology at a younger age, due to the positive impact it would have had.
“There’s 5 million of these folks [with special needs] out there, and every one of them is different, and has different issues and needs,” Bennett said. “And it’s really hard to make use of all the technology that’s out there. I’m sure there’s other things out there that my son could benefit from, it’s just, who has the time to go through them and sort through all these things? I just happened to see one thing and it really made a difference for me, and I’m excited enough to want to share with other people.”