Are you noticing yourself talking less often on the phone because you have difficulty hearing? Over time, you can feel isolated as a result of your loss of hearing. It isn’t necessary to quit chatting on the phone. There are ways to work it out so you can remain in touch with your loved ones.
It’s All About Communication
With any relationship, communication is the key and the same goes for your phone. Can anything be done to improve the situation?
- Have you had an ear exam? Not all hearing loss is permanent, so get a proper diagnosis. Basic things like earwax buildup or an ear infection can cause temporary hearing loss.
- Bluetooth or headphones may be possibilities if you’ve already turned the volume up. Perhaps that’s all you require to make your phone sound better and it doesn’t cost that much.
- Are the voices hard to hear? Check to make sure the volume is all the way up on the phone.
After you rule out some of the more obvious problems, you can have a look at other possible solutions that will get you back on the phone.
There’s an App For That
You will actually have a choice between several 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:
Most voice to text apps are affordably priced even though not all of them are free.
Phones For The Hard of Hearing
You can also find a landline phone that does the same thing as an app. By amplifying the voice an the other end, they make it much easier to hear. High pitched sounds on the other end become clearer because they can equalize the sound.
You also have the alternative of getting a captioning phone. You need to have a special phone that has a screen if you want to use the captioning service. when you have 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. Most captioning devices need internet service, as well.
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. However, it does call for a separate device to display the text.
Hearing Aids Are The Best Choice
Newer hearing aids don’t feedback every time they come close to a phone like the old ones did. The latest technology can work with a hearing aid compatible phone to enhance the sound quality and eliminate 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. You 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.
Many 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 wreck a perfectly good relationship. Do what you must to get back on your phone, and start talking again. It’s time to schedule an appointment with a hearing specialist to look at the newest hearing aid technology.