Is your loss of hearing causing you to chat less frequently on the phone? You can feel isolated over time as a result of your hearing loss. You don’t have to give up using your phone. It is possible to stay in touch with friends and family.
Communication is The key
With any relationship, communication is the key and the same goes for your phone. The question is what can you do to make things better.
- Are the voices too quiet? It’s possible the volume needs to be turned up.
- A hearing exam is a smart idea. Get a proper diagnosis because not all loss of hearing is permanent. It may well be something as basic as too much earwax or an ear infection.
- You can consider accessories such as Bluetooth or headphones if the volume is already cranked up. Perhaps that’s all you require to make your phone sound better and it doesn’t cost very much.
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.
There’s an App For That
There are actually quite a few possible 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 most are affordably priced.
They Make a Phone For That
Some phones work the same way as an app if you are looking for a landline option. They make it much easier to hear by amplifying the voice on the other end. High pitched sounds on the other end become clearer because they can equalize the sound.
Another alternative is a captioning phone. You have to have a special phone that has a screen if you want to take advantage of the captioning service. With this service, the words are repeated or typed into software by a third party operator and are then shown on your phone’s screen. You will need to have the internet to use a captioning service.
An old school phone system that is still around which works in a similar way to a captioning service is Text-to-Voice Teletype (TTY). However, it does require a separate device to show the text.
Getting Hearing Aids is Your Best Choice
Newer hearing aids don’t feedback every time they get close to a phone like the old ones did. There are hearing aid compatible phones that get rid of background noise and other kinds of interference to improve sound quality. Modern hearing aid technology is compatible with these phones. What’s more, they are wireless and will work even when you aren’t on the phone.
State of the art, quality hearing aids can also have a more advanced program that permits them to be compatible with almost any phone whether it’s a landline or smartphone. The technology functions by holding the hearing device up to the phone and streaming the sound from the one to the other.
Bluetooth compatibility is also a standard feature of today’s hearing aid tech. You pair the phone up with the hearing aids exactly the same as you would with wireless headphones or earbuds. The sound goes directly to your hearing aids when it rings.
There’s 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.