Is your loss of hearing causing you to talk less frequently on the phone? Over time, you may feel isolated due to your loss of hearing. You don’t have to stop using your phone. It is possible to stay in touch with friends and loved ones.
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.
- An ear exam is a smart idea. Your hearing loss might not be permanent so it’s essential to get a correct diagnosis. Temporary hearing loss is often caused by something as simple as an ear infection or to much ear wax.
- If the volume is already cranked up, have you tried out an accessory such as headphones or a Bluetooth? It will make your phone sound better and it may be an affordable way to get what you need.
- Are the voices too soft? Perhaps the volume needs to be turned up.
You can take a look at more in depth resolutions to get you back on the phone once you eliminate the more obvious problems.
You Can Get 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.
Some apps turn what the other person says to text you can read. Not all of these apps work perfectly, but they give you some option that could be 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
If you want to find a landline solution, you can find phones for your home that function the same way as an app. They can amplify the sound on the other end, making it much easier to hear. An equalizer makes the high pitched sounds that usually drop of clearer.
There is also the alternative of getting a captioning phone. You have to have a special phone that has a screen if you want to take advantage of the captioning service. 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 directly into the system. From there the words are displayed on the captioning phone’s screen. Also, the internet is necessary for most captioning phones.
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. It requires a TTY device that sits next to the phone to show the text, though.
Hearing Aids Are The Best Option
In the past, every time a hearing aid got near a phone, there would be ear piercing feedback, but those days are over. The newer technology can work with a hearing aid compatible phone to enhance the sound quality and get rid of interference like background noise. Even when you are not using phone these wireless hearing aids still work.
An advanced program that enables 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 normal feature of today’s hearing aid tech. You pair the phone up with the hearing aids just like you would with wireless headphones or earbuds. When the phone rings, the sound is sent directly to your hearing aids.
Don’t let hearing loss to wreck your friendships and other relationships. Do what you must to make up with your phone, and start talking again. You can check out the newest hearing aid technology by making an appointment with a hearing care specialist.