Are you noticing yourself talking less often on the phone because you have difficulty hearing? Over time, you can feel isolated because of your hearing loss. Don’t break up with your phone. You can definitely find methods to keep in touch with your friends and loved ones.
It’s All About Communication
With any relationship, communication is an essential aspect and the same goes for your phone. Can anything be done to enhance the situation?
- Bluetooth or headphones might be possibilities if you’ve already turned the volume up. It will make your phone sound better and it might be an affordable way to get what you need.
- An ear exam is a good idea. Not all hearing loss is permanent, so get a correct diagnosis. It may be something as simple as too much earwax or an ear infection.
- Do the voices seem too quiet? Look to make sure the volume is all the way up on the phone.
You can take a look at more in depth resolutions to get you back on the phone once you eliminate the more apparent problems.
You Can Find an App For That
You will actually have a choice between quite a few apps. There are many apps you can download that work to get you, and your phone back on the same page, some of which are pretty cool.
What the other person says can be turned to text with some of these apps. Not all of these apps work perfectly, but they give you some option that could be helpful. Brands to look up include:
Most voice to text apps are reasonably priced though not all of them are free.
Phones For The Hard of Hearing
Some phones do the same thing as an app for those looking for a landline solution. They make it less difficult to hear by amplifying the voice on the other end. An equalizer makes the high pitched sounds that usually get lost clearer.
Another alternative is a captioning phone. You have to have a special phone that has a screen if you want to take advantage of the captioning service. If you have this service, the words are repeated or typed into software by a third party operator and are then shown on your phone’s screen. You will need the internet to use a captioning service.
Text-to-Voice Teletype (TTY) is an old-school phone system that is still around and works in a similar way to the captioning phone. A separate device to display the text is required, however.
The Best Way To Go Are Hearing Aids
It used to be, every time a hearing aid was near a phone, you would get ear piercing feedback, but new hearing aids don’t usually do that. The latest technology can work with a hearing aid compatible phone to improve the sound quality and eliminate interference such as background noise. Even when you are not using phone these wireless hearing aids still work.
Modern, quality hearing aids can also have a more advanced program that permits them to be compatible with virtually any phone whether it’s a landline or smartphone. The technology works by holding the hearing device up to the phone and streaming the sound from the one to the other.
Many digital hearing aids are also Bluetooth compatible. Pairing your hearing aid up with your smart-phone is done exactly the same way as pairing your phone with any other Bluetooth device. When the phone rings, the sound is sent directly to your hearing aids.
Don’t permit hearing loss to wreck your friendships and other relationships. Do what you must to make up with your phone, and start talking again. It’s time to make an appointment with a hearing specialist to look at the newest hearing aid technology.