Are you finding yourself talking less often on the phone because you have trouble hearing? Hearing loss, over time, can cause you to feel isolated. It’s not necessary to give up talking on the phone. You can absolutely discover methods to stay in touch with your friends and family.
Communication is The key
With any relationship, communication is the key and the same goes for your phone. What can be done to make things better is the important question.
- If the volume is already on high, have you experimented with an accessory such as headphones or a Bluetooth? Maybe that’s all you need to make your phone sound better and it doesn’t cost that much.
- Are the voices too soft? Check the phone to make certain that the volume is turned all the way up.
- Have you had a hearing test? Your hearing loss might not be permanent so it’s important to get a proper diagnosis. It may well be something as simple as too much earwax or an ear infection.
After you rule out some of the more obvious problems, you can look at other solutions that will get you back on the phone.
You Can Get an App For That
As a matter of fact, there’s more than one app. There are many apps you can download that work to get you, and your phone back on the same page, some of them 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 even though not all are free.
Phones For The Hard of Hearing
There are phones that work the same way as an app if you are looking for a landline option. They can amplify the sound on the other end, making it much easier to hear. High pitched sounds on the other end become clearer because they can equalize the sound.
Another option is a captioning phone. In order to use the captioning service, you have to have a special phone with a screen. If you have this service, the words are repeated or typed into software by a third party operator and are then shown on the screen of the phone. You will need the internet to use a captioning service.
Text-to-Voice Teletype (TTY) is an old-school phone system that is still available and works in a similar way to the captioning phone. However, it does require a separate device to display the text.
Getting Hearing Aids is Your Best Option
The days when you would hear ear piercing feedback anytime your hearing aids came near a phone are over. The current technology can work with a hearing aid compatible phone to enhance the sound quality and remove interference such as background noise. The best thing is these wireless hearing aids still work even when you’re not on the phone.
Compatibility with both landlines and smart-phones is possible with modern, quality hearing aids. The technology works by holding the hearing device up to the phone and streaming the sound from the one to the other.
Bluetooth compatibility is also a standard feature of today’s hearing aid tech. Pairing your hearing aid up with your smart-phone is exactly the same as pairing your phone with any other Bluetooth device. When the phone rings, the sound is sent directly to your hearing aids.
There is no reason to allow hearing loss wreck a perfectly good relationship. Do what you must to make up with your phone, and start talking again. It’s time to schedule an appointment with a hearing specialist to look at the newest hearing aid technology.