Is your loss of hearing causing you to chat less frequently on the phone? Hearing loss, as time goes by, can cause you to feel isolated. It’s not necessary to give up talking on the phone. There are ways to deal with it so you can stay in touch with the ones you love.
It’s All About Communication
With any relationship, communication is an essential aspect and the same goes for your phone. What can be done to make things better is the important question.
- Are the voices too quiet? Check the phone to make sure that the volume is turned all the way up.
- A hearing exam is a good idea. Your hearing loss may not be permanent so it’s essential to get a correct diagnosis. It might be something as basic as too much earwax or an ear infection.
- If the volume is already cranked up, have you tried an accessory such as headphones or a Bluetooth? It’s a fairly inexpensive way to improve the sound quality on the phone, and that may be all you require.
After you rule out some of the more obvious problems, you can look at other possible solutions that will get you back on the phone.
There’s an App For That
There are actually several potential apps. There are many apps you can download that work to get you, and your phone back on the same page, some of which are pretty cool.
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:
Most voice to text apps are reasonably priced even though not all are free.
There is a Phone For That
You can also get a landline phone has similar functions as an app. They can amplify the sound on the other end, making it less difficult to hear. They also work to equalize the tone, so high pitched sounds that tend to drop off become clearer.
There is also the possibility of getting a captioning phone. You need to have a unique phone that has a screen if you want to use the captioning service. Captioning works with a third party 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 screen of the phone. Most captioning phones require internet service, as well.
Text-to-Voice Teletype (TTY) is a traditional phone system that is still around and works in a similar way to the captioning phone. You will need a TTY device that sits near the phone to show the text, though.
Getting Hearing Aids is Your Best Bet
It used to be, every time a hearing aid was near a phone, there would be ear piercing feedback, but new hearing aids don’t usually do that. The latest technology can work with a hearing aid compatible phone to improve the sound and get rid of interference such as background noise. 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, 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.
Bluetooth compatibility is also a normal feature of today’s hearing aid tech. 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.
There is no reason to allow hearing loss wreck a perfectly good relationship. Do what you must to make up with your phone, and start talking again. You can check out the newest hearing aid technology by making an appointment with a hearing care specialist.