Are you chatting less frequently on the phone because you don’t hear so well. Hearing loss, over time, can make you feel isolated. It isn’t necessary to stop chatting on the phone. There are ways to work it out so you can keep in touch with your loved ones.
It’s All About Communication
With any relationship, communication is the key and the same goes for your phone. What can be done improve the situation is the real question.
- Have you had a hearing test? Get a proper diagnosis because not all loss of hearing is permanent. Temporary hearing loss can be caused by something as basic as an ear infection or to much ear wax.
- Bluetooth or headphones could be possibilities if you’ve already turned the volume up. It will make your phone sound better and it could be an affordable way to get what you need.
- Are the voices too quiet? It’s possible the volume needs to be turned up.
If you look at the most obvious issues and have ruled them out, it’s time to think about more in depth solutions.
There’s an App For That
There are actually quite a few potential 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.
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:
You can’t get all voice to text apps for free but the majority won’t cost very much.
Phones Made For The Hard of Hearing
You can also buy a landline phone has similar functions as an app. They make it much 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.
You also have the alternative of getting a captioning phone. You have to have a special phone that has a screen if you want to take advantage of the captioning service. 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. You will need 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 call for a separate device to display the text.
Getting Hearing Aids is Your Best Option
In the past, whenever a hearing aid was near a phone, there would be ear piercing feedback, but new hearing aids don’t usually do that. You can get hearing aid compatible phones which remove background noise and other types of interference to enhance sound quality. Today’s hearing aid technology is compatible with these phones. Even better, they are wireless and work even when you’re not on the phone.
State of the art, quality hearing aids can also have a more advanced program that allows them to be compatible with virtually any phone whether it’s a landline or smartphone. You just 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.
Many digital hearing aids are also Bluetooth compatible. You pair the phone up with the hearing aids just like you would with wireless headphones or earbuds. The sound goes directly to your hearing aids when it rings.
Don’t let hearing loss to ruin your friendships and other relationships. Make up with your phone whatever it takes so you can start talking again. It’s time to schedule an appointment with a hearing specialist to check out the newest hearing aid technology.