Is your loss of hearing causing you to talk less frequently on the phone? You may feel isolated as time passes as a result of your hearing loss. It’s not necessary to stop talking on the phone. You can certainly discover methods to stay 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. Can anything be done to improve the situation?
- Do the voices seem too quiet? Check to make sure the volume is all the way up on the phone.
- An ear exam is a good idea. Get a proper diagnosis because not all loss of hearing is permanent. Basic things such as earwax buildup or an ear infection can cause temporary hearing loss.
- You can try accessories such as Bluetooth or headphones if the volume is already cranked up. It will make your phone sound better and it could be an affordable way to get what you need.
If you’ve already looked at at the most obvious issues and have ruled them out, it’s time to think about more in depth solutions.
There’s an App For That
Actually, there’s more than one app. 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:
- Note, Listen for Deaf
- Live Caption
- Hamilton Mobile Cap Tel
You can’t get all voice to text apps for free but most won’t cost very much.
Phones For The Hard of Hearing
You can also get a landline phone has similar functions as an app. By amplifying the voice 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.
You also have the alternative of getting a captioning phone. You need to have a unique phone that has a screen if you want to take advantage of the captioning service. If you have this service, the words are repeated or typed into software by a third party operator and are then displayed on your phone’s screen. You will require the internet to use a captioning service.
Text-to-Voice Teletype (TTY) is a traditional phone system that is still around and works similarly to the captioning phone. A separate device to display the text is necessary, however.
The Best Option Are Hearing Aids
Modern hearing aids don’t feedback whenever they come close to a phone like the old ones did. The current technology can work with a hearing aid compatible phone to improve the sound and remove interference such as background noise. Even when you are not using phone these wireless hearing aids still work.
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 allow the technology to work its magic by streaming the sound from one device to the other.
Most digital hearing aids are also Bluetooth compatible. Pairing your hearing aid up with your smart-phone is done exactly the same way as pairing your phone with any other Bluetooth device. The sound goes right to your hearing aids when it rings.
Don’t let hearing loss to wreck your friendships and other relationships. 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.