Are you noticing yourself talking less frequently on the phone due to your difficulty hearing? Hearing loss, over time, can cause you to feel isolated. You don’t need to quit using your phone. It is possible to keep in touch with friends and loved ones.
Communication is The key
They say communication is the essential thing in any relationship, and that is absolutely true when it comes to your phone. The question is what can you do to make things better.
- Are the voices difficult to hear? It’s possible the volume needs to be turned up.
- If the volume is already on high, have you tried an accessory like headphones or a Bluetooth? Maybe that’s all you need to make your phone sound better and it doesn’t cost that much.
- An ear exam is a good idea. Your hearing loss may not be permanent so it’s important to get a quality diagnosis. It might be something as simple as earwax buildup or an ear infection.
Once you eliminate some of the more obvious issues, you can have a look at other possible solutions that will get you back on the phone.
You Can Get 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. These apps don’t all work perfectly but they can be very helpful. Brands to look up include:
Not all voice to text apps are free, but the majority are affordably priced.
Phones For The Hard of Hearing
Some phones do the same thing as an app for those interested in a landline option. By amplifying the voice an the other end, they make it less difficult to hear. An equalizer makes the high pitched sounds that usually get lost clearer.
Another alternative is a captioning phone. You have to have a unique 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 right into the system. From there the words are displayed on the captioning phone’s screen. Most captioning devices need internet service, as well.
An old school phone system that you can still find which works in a similar way to a captioning service is Text-to-Voice Teletype (TTY). However, it does call for a separate device to show the text.
Hearing Aids Are The Best Way To Go
The days when you would get ear piercing feedback every time your hearing aids got near a phone are over. There are hearing aid compatible phones that remove background noise and other interference to enhance sound quality. Today’s hearing aid technology is compatible with these phones. Even better, they are wireless and work even when you aren’t on the phone.
Compatibility with both landlines and smart-phones is possible with modern, quality hearing aids. 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.
Bluetooth compatibility is also a normal feature of today’s hearing aid tech. Pairing your hearing aid up with your smart-phone is done exactly the same way as pairing your phone with any other Bluetooth device. When the phone rings, the sound is sent directly to your hearing aids.
Don’t allow hearing loss to ruin 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.