Is your loss of hearing causing you to talk less often on the phone? You can feel isolated as time passes as a result of your hearing loss. You don’t need to give up using your phone. There are ways to work it out so you can keep in touch with your loved ones.
Communication is The key
With any relationship, communication is the key and the same goes for your phone. Can anything be done to enhance the situation?
- A hearing exam is a good idea. Not all hearing loss is permanent, so get a proper diagnosis. Basic things including earwax buildup or an ear infection can cause temporary hearing loss.
- Do the voices sound too quiet? It’s possible the volume needs to be turned up.
- You can consider accessories like Bluetooth or headphones if the volume is already cranked up. Maybe that’s all you require to make your phone sound better and it doesn’t cost that much.
If you’ve already looked at at the obvious issues and have ruled them out, it’s time to think about more in depth solutions.
You Can Find an App For That
You will really have a choice between several 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.
Some apps turn what the other person says to text you can read. These apps don’t all work perfectly but they can be very helpful. Brands to look up include:
- Note, Listen for Deaf
- Live Caption
- Hamilton Mobile Cap Tel
Not all voice to text apps are free, but the majority are reasonably priced.
Phones Made For The Hard of Hearing
You can also find a landline phone has similar functions as an app. They make it much easier to hear by amplifying the voice on the other end. They also work to equalize the tone, so high pitched sounds that tend to get lost become clearer.
There is also the option of getting a captioning phone. In order to use the captioning service, you have to have a unique phone that has 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. The words are then displayed on the captioning phone’s screen. You will need to have the internet to use a captioning service.
Text-to-Voice Teletype (TTY) is a traditional phone system that is still available and works in a similar way to the captioning phone. However, it does require a separate device to display the text.
Getting Hearing Aids is Your Best Option
The times when you would get ear piercing feedback when your hearing aids got near a phone are over. The newer technology can work with a hearing aid compatible phone to enhance the sound quality and get rid of interference such as background noise. Even when you are not using phone these wireless hearing aids still work.
Compatibility with both landlines and smart-phones is possible with modern, 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 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 permit 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.