Are you talking less frequently on the phone because you don’t hear very well. Over time, you may feel isolated due to your loss of hearing. Don’t just quit using your phone. There are ways to deal with it so you can keep in touch with the ones you love.
It’s All About Communication
They say communication is the essential thing in any relationship, and that is absolutely true with your phone. Can anything be done to enhance the situation?
- Have you had an ear exam? Not all loss of hearing is permanent, so get a correct diagnosis. It may well be something as simple as too much earwax or an ear infection.
- Bluetooth or headphones may be possibilities if you’ve already turned the volume up. Maybe that’s all you require to make your phone sound better and it doesn’t cost that much.
- Do the voices sound too quiet? Look to make sure the volume is all the way up on the phone.
You can have a look at more in depth solutions to get you back on the phone once you eliminate the more obvious problems.
There’s an App For That
There are actually quite a few potential apps. There are many apps you can download that work to get you, and your phone back on the same page, some of which are pretty cool.
Some apps turn what the other person says to text you can read. These apps don’t all work perfectly but they can be very helpful. Brands to look up include:
Most voice to text apps are affordably priced though not all are free.
There is 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 easier to hear. High pitched sounds on the other end become clearer because they can equalize the sound.
A captioning phone is yet another solution. The captioning service involves a unique phone which has an LCD 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 directly into the system. From there the words are displayed on the screen of the phone. Also, the internet is necessary for the majority of captioning devices.
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. A separate device to display the text is required, however.
Getting Hearing Aids is Your Best Choice
Newer hearing aids won’t feedback whenever they get close to a phone like the old ones did. There are hearing aid compatible phones which eliminate background noise and other interference to enhance sound quality. Modern hearing aid technology is compatible with these phones. What’s more, they are wireless and work even when you’re not on the phone.
Modern, quality hearing aids can also have a more cutting edge program that permits them to be compatible with virtually any phone whether it’s a landline or smartphone. You just 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.
Most digital hearing aids are also Bluetooth compatible. Pairing your hearing aid up with your smart-phone is exactly the same as pairing your phone with any other Bluetooth device. The sound goes directly to your hearing aids when it rings.
There’s 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 check out the newest hearing aid technology.