Is your loss of hearing causing you to talk less frequently on the phone? Hearing loss, over time, can make you feel isolated. You don’t need to stop using your phone. There are ways to work it out so you can keep in touch with the ones you love.
Communication is The key
With any relationship, communication is an essential aspect 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 tried an accessory like headphones or a Bluetooth? It’s a relatively inexpensive way to enhance the sound quality on the phone, and that might be all you require.
- Do the voices seem too quiet? It’s possible the volume needs to be turned up.
- An ear exam is a smart idea. Your hearing loss might not be permanent so it’s important to get a correct diagnosis. Simple things like earwax buildup or an ear infection can cause temporary hearing loss.
If you look at the obvious issues and have ruled them out, it’s time to consider more in depth solutions.
You Can Get an App For That
The truth is, 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. These apps don’t all work perfectly but they can be very helpful. Brands to look up include:
You can’t get all voice to text apps for free but most won’t cost very much.
You Can Get a Phone For That
There are phones that work the same way as an app for those looking for a landline solution. They make it easier to hear by amplifying the voice on the other end. They also work to equalize the tone, so high pitched sounds that frequently drop off become clearer.
A captioning phone is another option. The captioning service involves a special phone which has a screen. With this service, the words are repeated or typed into software by a third party operator and are then shown on your phone’s screen. Also, the internet is necessary for most captioning phones.
Text-to-Voice Teletype (TTY) is a traditional phone system that is still around and works in a similar way to the captioning phone. A separate device to show the text is required, however.
The Best Way To Go Are Hearing Aids
The days when you would get ear piercing feedback anytime your hearing aids came near a phone are over. The latest technology can work with a hearing aid compatible phone to enhance the sound and get rid of interference like background noise. What’s more, they are wireless and will work even when you aren’t on the phone.
An advanced program that permits it to be compatible with both smart-phones and landlines is a stand out feature of modern hearing aids. The technology functions 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 damage 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.