Is your loss of hearing causing you to chat less often on the phone? Hearing loss, as time goes by, can cause you to feel isolated. You don’t need to give up using your phone. You can absolutely find methods to remain in touch with your friends and loved ones.
It’s All About Communication
They say communication is the essential thing in any relationship, and that is certainly true with your phone. The question is what can be done to make things better.
- If the volume is already on high, have you tried out an accessory like headphones or a Bluetooth? It will make your phone sound better and it might be an affordable way to get what you need.
- Have you had a hearing test? Your hearing loss might not be permanent so it’s important to get a correct diagnosis. Basic things like earwax buildup or an ear infection can cause temporary hearing loss.
- Do the voices sound too quiet? Perhaps the volume needs to be turned up.
When you eliminate some of the more obvious issues, you can take a 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.
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:
Not all voice to text apps are free, but the majority are reasonably priced.
There is a Phone For That
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 sound an the other end, they make it less difficult to hear. High pitched sounds on the other end become clearer because they can equalize the sound.
A captioning phone is yet another alternative. The captioning service requires a unique phone that has an LCD screen. 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. Most captioning devices require internet service, as well.
a traditional phone system that is still around which works in a similar way to a captioning service is Text-to-Voice Teletype (TTY). A separate device to show the text is necessary, however.
The Best Way To Go Are Hearing Aids
The times when you would hear ear piercing feedback anytime your hearing aids got near a phone are over. You can get hearing aid compatible phones which eliminate background noise and other interference to enhance sound quality. Modern hearing aid technology is compatible with these phones. Even when you are not on the phone these wireless hearing aids still work.
Compatibility with both landlines and smart-phones is possible with modern, high quality hearing aids. The technology works by holding the hearing device up to the phone and streaming the sound from the one to the other.
Most 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. When the phone rings, the sound is sent directly to your hearing aids.
There is no reason to allow hearing loss ruin a perfectly good relationship. 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.