Are you talking less frequently on the phone because you can’t hear so well. Hearing loss, over time, can make you feel isolated. You don’t need to stop using your phone. You can certainly discover ways to keep in touch with your friends and family.
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 improve the situation?
- Are the voices too quiet? Check to make sure the volume is all the way up on the phone.
- Have you had an ear exam? Not all loss of hearing is permanent, so get a correct diagnosis. Temporary hearing loss can be caused by something as basic as an ear infection or earwax build up.
- Bluetooth or headphones might be options if you’ve already turned the volume up. It will make your phone sound better and it might be an inexpensive way to get what you need.
If you’ve already looked at at the obvious issues and have ruled them out, it will be time to consider more in depth solutions.
There’s an App For That
As a matter of fact, there’s more than one app. There are some pretty cool apps that will get you comfortable being back on your phone.
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:
Not all voice to text apps are free, but the majority are reasonably priced.
Phones For The Hard of Hearing
If you are looking for a landline solution, you can find phones for your home that function the same way as an app. They can amplify the voice on the other end, making it easier to hear. High pitched sounds on the other end become clearer because they can equalize the sound.
There is also the possibility of getting a captioning phone. You need to have a special phone that has a screen if you want to take advantage of the captioning service. when you have this service, the words are repeated or typed into software by a third party operator and are then displayed on the screen of the phone. You will need the internet to use a captioning service.
An old school phone system that you can still find which works similarly to a captioning service is Text-to-Voice Teletype (TTY). You will need a TTY device that sits next to the phone to display the text, though.
Getting Hearing Aids is Your Best Option
In the past, whenever a hearing aid was near a phone, there would be ear piercing feedback, but new hearing aids don’t usually do that. There are hearing aid compatible phones that eliminate background noise and other interference to improve sound quality. Current hearing aid technology is compatible with these phones. What’s more, they are wireless and will work even when you’re not on the phone.
State of the art, quality hearing aids can also have a more advanced program that allows them to be compatible with almost any phone whether it’s a landline or smartphone. You hold the phone up to the hearing aid and let the technology to work its magic by streaming the sound from one device to the other.
Bluetooth compatibility is also a normal feature of today’s hearing aid tech. Pairing your hearing aid up with your smart-phone is done exactly the same way as pairing your phone with any other Bluetooth device. The sound goes right to your hearing aids when it rings.
Don’t permit hearing loss to ruin your friendships and other relationships. Make up with your phone whatever it takes so you can start talking again. You can check out the newest hearing aid technology by making an appointment with a hearing care specialist.