Is your loss of hearing causing you to talk less often on the phone? Hearing loss, over time, can cause you to feel isolated. It’s not necessary to quit talking on the phone. It is possible to keep in touch with friends and family.
It’s All About Communication
They say communication is the essential thing in any relationship, and that is indeed true when it comes to your phone. What can be done improve the situation is the important question.
- Bluetooth or headphones might be options 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 very much.
- Are the voices too quiet? Look to make sure the volume is all the way up on the phone.
- Have you had a hearing test? Get a correct diagnosis because not all loss of hearing is permanent. Basic things including earwax buildup or an ear infection will cause temporary hearing loss.
You can take a look at more in depth resolutions to get you back on the phone once you eliminate the more obvious issues.
There’s 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. These apps are far from perfect, but you should be able to work with them. Brands to look up include:
- Live Caption
- Note, Listen for Deaf
- Hamilton Mobile Cap Tel
You can’t get all voice to text apps for free but the majority won’t cost very much.
Phones Made For The Hard of Hearing
Some phones do the same thing as an app if you are interested in a landline option. By amplifying the sound an the other end, they make it easier to hear. An equalizer makes the high pitched sounds that usually drop of clearer.
Another alternative is a captioning phone. You need to have a special phone that has a screen if you want to take advantage of the captioning service. With this service, the words are repeated or typed into software by a third party operator and are then displayed on the screen of the phone. You will need the internet to use a captioning service.
a traditional phone system that you can still find which works similarly to a captioning service is Text-to-Voice Teletype (TTY). A separate device to show the text is necessary, however.
Getting Hearing Aids is Your Best Bet
The times when you would hear ear piercing feedback anytime your hearing aids got near a phone are over. The latest technology can work with a hearing aid compatible phone to improve the sound quality and get rid of interference like background noise. Even better, they are wireless and will 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 functions by holding the hearing device up to the phone and streaming the sound from the one to the other.
Many digital hearing aids are also Bluetooth compatible. You simply pair the phone up with the hearing aids just like you would with wireless headphones or earbuds. The sound goes directly to your hearing aids when it rings.
There isn’t any reason to allow hearing loss spoil a perfectly good relationship. Make up with your phone whatever it takes so you can start talking again. You can check out the newest hearing aid technology by making an appointment with a hearing care specialist.