Are you noticing yourself talking less frequently on the phone due to your trouble hearing? You may feel isolated as time passes due to your hearing loss. Don’t just quit using your phone. It is possible to remain in touch with friends and family.
Communication is The key
With any relationship, communication is an essential aspect and the same goes for your phone. The question is what can be done to make things better.
- Bluetooth or headphones may be possibilities if you’ve already turned the volume up. Perhaps that’s all you require to make your phone sound better and it doesn’t cost very much.
- Have you had an ear exam? Not all hearing loss is permanent, so get a correct diagnosis. Basic things including earwax buildup or an ear infection can cause temporary hearing loss.
- Are the voices difficult to hear? Look to make sure the volume is all the way up on the phone.
If you look at the obvious issues and have ruled them out, it’s time to think about more in depth solutions.
There’s an App For That
You will actually have a choice between several 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 don’t all work perfectly but they can be very helpful. Brands to look up include:
Most voice to text apps are affordably priced even though not all of them are free.
You Can Get a Phone For That
Some phones work the same way as an app for those interested in a landline option. They make it 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.
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 right into the system. The words are then displayed on the screen of the phone. Most captioning phones need to have internet service, as well.
Text-to-Voice Teletype (TTY) is a traditional phone system that is still around and works similarly to the captioning phone. You need to get a TTY device that sits near the phone to display the text, though.
Hearing Aids Are The Best Choice
It used to be, every time a hearing aid was near a phone, there would be ear piercing feedback, but those days are over. The latest technology can work with a hearing aid compatible phone to enhance the sound and eliminate interference such as background noise. Even better, they are wireless and work even when you’re not on the phone.
Modern, high quality hearing aids can also have a more advanced program that allows them to be compatible with almost any phone whether it’s a landline or smartphone. You simply hold the phone up to the hearing aid and let 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 exactly the same as pairing your phone with any other Bluetooth device. The sound goes right to your hearing aids when it rings.
Don’t allow hearing loss to ruin 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 check out the newest hearing aid technology.