Are you chatting less often 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 talking on the phone. It is possible to remain in touch with friends and 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 to make things better is the important question.
- Do the voices seem too quiet? Check the phone to make certain that the volume is all the way up.
- Bluetooth or headphones might be options if you’ve already turned the volume up. It will make your phone sound better and it could be an inexpensive way to get what you need.
- Have you had an ear exam? Not all loss of hearing is permanent, so get a correct diagnosis. It may be something as basic as earwax buildup or an ear infection.
When you eliminate some of the more obvious problems, you can have a look at other solutions that will get you back on the phone.
There’s an App For That
Actually, there’s more than one app. There are many apps you can download that work to get you, and your phone back on the same page, some of them 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:
You can’t get all voice to text apps for free but most won’t cost very much.
Phones For The Hard of Hearing
If you want to find a landline solution, you can get phones for your home that do the same thing as an app. By amplifying the voice an the other end, they make it easier to hear. High pitched sounds on the other end become clearer because they can equalize the sound.
There is also the alternative of getting a captioning phone. In order to use the captioning service, you need to have a unique phone with a screen. With 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 to have the internet to use a captioning service.
Text-to-Voice Teletype (TTY) is an old-school phone system that is still around and works in a similar way to the captioning phone. A separate device to display the text is needed, however.
Hearing Aids Are The Best Option
Modern hearing aids don’t feedback whenever they get close to a phone like the old ones did. There are hearing aid compatible phones which remove background noise and other interference to enhance sound quality. Modern hearing aid technology is compatible with these phones. The best thing is these wireless hearing aids still work even when you’re not on the phone.
Compatibility with both landlines and smart-phones is possible with modern, quality hearing aids. The technology functions by holding the hearing device up to the phone and streaming the sound from the one to the other.
Bluetooth compatibility is also a standard feature of today’s hearing aid tech. You simply pair the phone up with the hearing aids exactly the same as you would with wireless headphones or earbuds. The sound goes right to your hearing aids when it rings.
Don’t allow hearing loss to ruin your friendships and other relationships. 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.