Is your loss of hearing causing you to chat less often on the phone? As time passes, you may feel isolated due to your loss of hearing. You don’t have to stop using your phone. You can absolutely find methods to keep in touch with your friends and family.
Communication is The key
They say communication is the indispensable thing with any relationship, and that is absolutely true with your phone. What can be done improve the situation is the real question.
- Bluetooth or headphones may be possibilities if you’ve already turned the volume up. It’s a fairly inexpensive way to improve the sound quality on the phone, and that may be all you require.
- Are the voices tough to hear? Look to make sure the volume is all the way up on the phone.
- A hearing exam is a good idea. Get a good diagnosis because not all loss of hearing is permanent. Temporary hearing loss is often caused by something as simple as an ear infection or to much ear wax.
You can have a look at more in depth solutions to get you back on the phone once you rule out the more obvious problems.
You Can Get an App For That
There are actually quite a few possible apps. There are many apps you can download that will 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 don’t all work perfectly but they can be very helpful. Brands to look up include:
- Live Caption
- Note, Listen for Deaf
- Hamilton Mobile Cap Tel
Not all voice to text apps are free, but the majority are reasonably priced.
There is a Phone For That
There are phones that do the same thing as an app for those looking for a landline option. By amplifying the voice an the other end, they make it much easier to hear. They also work to equalize the tone, so high pitched sounds that normally get lost become clearer.
Another option is a captioning phone. The captioning service involves a unique phone which has an LCD screen. when you have this service, the words are repeated or typed into software by a third party operator and are then shown on the screen of the phone. Also, the internet is necessary for the majority of captioning devices.
Text-to-Voice Teletype (TTY) is a traditional phone system that is still available and works similarly to the captioning phone. A separate device to display the text is necessary, however.
Getting Hearing Aids is Your Best Bet
In the past, whenever a hearing aid was near a phone, there would be ear piercing feedback, but those days are over. The current technology can work with a hearing aid compatible phone to improve the sound quality and remove interference such as background noise. Even better, they are wireless and will work even when you aren’t on the phone.
Compatibility with both landlines and smart-phones is possible with modern, quality hearing aids. You 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.
Lots of 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. When the phone rings, the sound is sent directly to your hearing aids.
There’s no reason to allow hearing loss spoil 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.