Is your loss of hearing causing you to chat less frequently on the phone? Hearing loss, over time, can cause you to feel isolated. Don’t just quit using your phone. You can certainly find ways to stay in touch with your friends and loved ones.
It’s All About Communication
They say communication is the indispensable thing with any relationship, and that is certainly true when it comes to your phone. What can be done improve the situation is the important question.
- Are the voices hard to hear? Perhaps the volume needs to be turned up.
- Bluetooth or headphones may be options if you’ve already turned the volume up. It will make your phone sound better and it could be an inexpensive way to get what you need.
- A hearing exam is a smart idea. Get a good diagnosis because not all hearing loss is permanent. Simple things such as earwax buildup or an ear infection can cause temporary hearing loss.
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.
You Can Find an App For That
Actually, there’s more than one app. There are some pretty cool apps that will get you comfortable being back on your phone.
Some apps turn what the other person says to text you can read. These apps are far from perfect, but you should be able to work with them. Brands to look up include:
You can’t get all voice to text apps for free but the majority won’t cost very much.
They Make a Phone For That
You can also get a landline phone has similar functions as an app. They can amplify the sound on the other end, making it less difficult to hear. They also work to equalize the tone, so high pitched sounds that normally drop off become clearer.
Another way to go is a captioning phone. To take advantage of the captioning service, you have to have a special phone that has a screen. Captioning works with a third party operator that either repeats the spoken words so speech recognition software can translate them into text or types them right into the system. From there the words are displayed on the captioning phone’s screen. Also, the internet is required for the majority of captioning devices.
a traditional phone system that you can still find which works similarly to a captioning service is Text-to-Voice Teletype (TTY). However, it does call for a separate device to display the text.
Getting Hearing Aids is Your Best Choice
It used to be, every time a hearing aid was near a phone, there would be ear piercing feedback, but those days are over. You can get hearing aid compatible phones which get rid of background noise and other kinds of interference to improve sound quality. Modern hearing aid technology is compatible with these phones. Even when you are not using phone these wireless hearing aids still work.
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.
Lots of digital hearing aids are also Bluetooth compatible. You simply pair the phone up with the hearing aids exactly the same as you would with wireless headphones or earbuds. When the phone rings, the sound goes directly to your hearing aids.
Don’t allow hearing loss to ruin your friendships and other relationships. Get back on your phone whatever it takes so you can start talking again. It’s time to make an appointment with a hearing specialist to look at the newest hearing aid technology.