Is your loss of hearing causing you to chat less often on the phone? Over time, you may feel isolated as a result of your loss of hearing. Don’t break up with your phone. There are ways to deal with it so you can stay in touch with the ones you love.
It’s All About Communication
They say communication is the indispensable thing with any relationship, and that is indeed true with your phone. The question is what can you do to make things better.
- An ear exam is a good idea. Not all loss of hearing is permanent, so get a proper diagnosis. It may possibly be something as basic as earwax buildup or an ear infection.
- 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 too soft? Check the phone to make sure that the volume is turned all the way up.
If you’ve already looked at at the most obvious problems and have ruled them out, it will be time to think about more in depth solutions.
There’s an App For That
There are actually several 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 are far from perfect, but you should be able to work with them. Brands to look up include:
Not all voice to text apps are free, but the majority are affordably priced.
They Make a Phone For That
There are phones that work the same way as an app if you are looking for a landline solution. They make it much easier to hear by amplifying the voice on the other end. They also work to equalize the tone, so high pitched sounds that frequently get lost become clearer.
A captioning phone is yet another option. You need to have a special phone that has a screen if you want to take advantage of 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 directly into the system. The words are then displayed on the captioning phone’s screen. Also, the internet is needed for most captioning devices.
a traditional phone system that is still around which works similarly to a captioning service is Text-to-Voice Teletype (TTY). You will need a TTY device that sits next to the phone to show the text, though.
The Best Way To Go Are Hearing Aids
Modern hearing aids don’t feedback whenever they get close to a phone like the old ones did. There are hearing aid compatible phones that eliminate background noise and other types of interference to enhance sound quality. Current hearing aid technology is compatible with these phones. The best thing is these wireless hearing aids will still work even when you’re not using your phone.
Compatibility with both landlines and smart-phones is possible with modern, quality hearing aids. You simply 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 standard feature of today’s hearing aid tech. Pairing your hearing aid up with your smart-phone is exactly the same as pairing your phone with any other Bluetooth device. When the phone rings, the sound is sent directly to your hearing aids.
There’s no reason to allow hearing loss damage a perfectly good relationship. Get back on your phone whatever it takes so you can start talking again. It’s time to make an appointment with a hearing specialist to look at the newest hearing aid technology.