Are you finding yourself chatting less often on the phone due to your trouble hearing? Hearing loss, as time goes by, can cause you to feel isolated. Don’t break up with your phone. There are ways to deal with it so you can remain in touch with your loved ones.
Communication is The key
They say communication is the crucial thing with any relationship, and that is certainly true with your phone. The question is what can you do to make things better.
- If the volume is already on high, have you experimented with an accessory such as headphones or a Bluetooth? It will make your phone sound better and it may be an affordable way to get what you need.
- Are the voices difficult to hear? Check the phone to make sure that the volume is all the way up.
- An ear exam is a good idea. Your hearing loss may not be permanent so it’s important to get a correct diagnosis. Temporary hearing loss is often caused by something as basic as an ear infection or earwax build up.
After you eliminate some of the more obvious issues, you can have a look at other possibilities that will get you back on the phone.
You Can Find 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.
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 the majority are reasonably priced.
There is a Phone For That
If you want to find a landline solution, you can find phones for your home that do the same thing 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 frequently drop off become clearer.
Another way to go is a captioning phone. To take advantage of the captioning service, you have to have a unique phone with a screen. Captioning works with an operator that either repeats the spoken words so speech recognition software can translate them into text or types them directly into the system. From there the words are displayed on the captioning phone’s screen. Also, the internet is required for most captioning phones.
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 show the text is needed, however.
Hearing Aids Are The Best Option
In the past, every time a hearing aid got near a phone, you would get ear piercing feedback, but those days are over. You can get hearing aid compatible phones which eliminate background noise and other types of interference to enhance sound quality. Today’s hearing aid technology is compatible with these phones. Even when you are not using phone these wireless hearing aids still work.
State of the art, quality hearing aids can also have a more cutting edge program that allows them to be compatible with virtually any phone whether it’s a landline or smartphone. The technology works by holding the hearing device up to the phone and streaming the sound from the one to the other.
Lots of digital hearing aids are also Bluetooth compatible. You pair the phone up with the hearing aids exactly the same as you would with wireless headphones or earbuds. When the phone rings, the sound is sent directly to your hearing aids.
There’s no reason to allow hearing loss wreck a perfectly good relationship. Do what you must to get back on your phone, and start talking again. It’s time to schedule an appointment with a hearing specialist to look at the newest hearing aid technology.