Are you talking less often on the phone because you can’t hear very well. As time passes, you can feel isolated because of your hearing loss. You don’t have to quit using your phone. You can definitely discover ways to remain in touch with your friends and family.
Communication is The key
With any relationship, communication is an essential aspect and the same goes for your phone. The question is what can you do to make things better.
- Are the voices difficult to hear? Check the phone to make sure that the volume is all the way up.
- Have you had a hearing test? Your hearing loss may not be permanent so it’s important to get a quality diagnosis. Simple things including earwax buildup or an ear infection will cause temporary hearing loss.
- You can try accessories like Bluetooth or headphones if the volume is already cranked up. It will make your phone sound better and it might be an affordable way to get what you need.
When you rule out some of the more obvious issues, you can look at other solutions that will get you back on the phone.
There’s an App For That
There are actually quite a few potential apps. 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:
Most voice to text apps are reasonably priced even though not all are free.
Phones For The Hard of Hearing
If you are looking for a landline solution, you can get phones for your home that function the same way as an app. By amplifying the voice an the other end, they make it easier to hear. High pitched sounds on the other end become clearer because they can equalize the sound.
A captioning phone is another solution. You have to have a special phone that has a screen if you want to use the captioning service. Captioning works with an operator that either repeats the spoken words so speech recognition software can translate them into text or types them right into the system. The words are then displayed on the captioning phone’s screen. The majority of captioning devices need internet service, as well.
Text-to-Voice Teletype (TTY) is a traditional phone system that is still around and works similarly to the captioning phone. It requires a TTY device that sits next to the phone to display the text, though.
Getting Hearing Aids is Your Best Choice
In the past, whenever a hearing aid was near a phone, there would be ear piercing feedback, but new hearing aids don’t usually do that. The newer technology can work with a hearing aid compatible phone to improve the sound and get rid of interference such as background noise. What’s more, they are wireless and work even when you aren’t on the phone.
State of the art, quality hearing aids can also have a more advanced program that allows them to be compatible with nearly any phone whether it’s a landline or smartphone. 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. You pair the phone up with the hearing aids exactly the same as you would with wireless headphones or earbuds. The sound goes right to your hearing aids when it rings.
Don’t permit hearing loss to wreck your friendships and other relationships. Do what you must to get back on your phone, and start talking again. You can check out the newest hearing aid technology by making an appointment with a hearing care specialist.