Why it is High Time you Communicated with and as the Deaf Using ConnectHear’s Mobile Application

Sara Illahi
4 min readMay 29, 2021


According to the 2016 statistics of deaf people in Pakistan via the National Policy for Persons with Disabilities, approximately 8% of the population of Pakistan are deaf and have lost their hearing ability. More than 10 million people in Pakistan identify themselves as either deaf or having some sort of hearing disability. Ten million might seem a relatively small figure for a country of over 250 million. However, as hearing people, we often tend to forget that these 10 million have over 10 billion stories of restlessness, fear, discomfort, and anxiety as they juggle their lives in a country that has yet not succeeded in catering to their needs.

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As a deaf person, living in a country whose 92% of the population can hear and speak properly definitely does make you feel like an alien — someone who doesn’t belong here. In fact, studies have shown that not only do the deaf face stigma and bias on a daily basis, they are also likely to suffer from mental health issues at almost twice the rate of the population that can hear and speak. So, is there a way to make sure that the deaf of Pakistan, most of whom are likely to have been overcome by imposter syndrome, regain their sense of belonging? Well, there are multiple ways to bridge this humongous gap between the hearing and the deaf.

Ways to Bridge the Gap Between the Hearing and the Deaf:

Learning Sign Language:

Learning sign language is one of the top ways that can help bridge the gap between the hearing and the deaf to a great extent. On a national level, the learning of sign language can be made possible by making it a part of the curriculum. However, given the circumstances, it is the paramedics, the staff at the bank, the police, etc. that need to be able to communicate sign language, rather than the students. Therefore, the inclusion of sign language in the curriculum won’t result in immediate changes in the system, keeping the gap intact for longer. So, sign language in educational institutions has limitations of its own.

Hiring Translators:

Another way to bridge the gap between the deaf and the hearing could be through recognizing the plight of the deaf, on a government level, and assigning translators at hospitals, banks, police stations, etc. However, Pakistan does not have a proper transportation system, and communicating with the local taxi drivers, Careem/Uber, and rickshaw drivers can be a nightmare. Moreover, the haphazard structure of the urban areas of Pakistan will make it impossible to assign translators at bus stops or taxi stops. Therefore, the option of hiring translators is not immune to limitations and challenges. So, what exactly can bridge the gap and cater to most problems facing the deaf of Pakistan? You guessed it right — it is none other than ConnectHear’s New Mobile Application.

ConnectHear’s Mobile Application — An Ally to the Deaf and the Hearing of Pakistan

ConnectHear — a name that is not unknown to the deaf community of Pakistan and whose services have been acknowledged and recognized within and outside Pakistan — has recently launched its mobile application which is now available on both android and ios. ConnectHear mobile application is the most optimal solution to most problems facing the deaf community. In fact, it is designed in a way that the deaf and the hearing are able to communicate with each other without any misunderstandings and issues.

How it Works:

Designed specifically for the use of deaf people, ConnectHear’s interpretation mobile application is extremely user-friendly and one of its kind. As a new user, you will first have to sign up on the mobile application, once you have installed it on your mobile. Once signed up, all you have to do is press the icon that says connect now and proceed. In a matter of few minutes, you will soon be connected with an interpreter who will assist you with communicating with the hearing people. The application’s interface works like a video call. The interpreter takes your message, processes it, relays it to the person you want to give your message to, and voilà!

What makes this mobile application a groundbreaking idea is a fact that it makes it easier for hearing people who intend to communicate with the deaf but are not able to for various reasons. With ConnectHear’s mobile application, those who can hear are also able to play their active role in making this society an accepting and hassle-free society for the specially-abled.

Facing problems living in a world dominated by the people who can hear and speak? Sign up on ConnectHear’s Interpretation Mobile Application NOW!



Sara Illahi

BSc. (Hons.) Social Development and Policy @ Habib University’23 I Researcher I Freelance Writer I American University’18