Are you talking less frequently on the phone because you don’t hear so well. Hearing loss, over time, can cause you to feel isolated. Don’t just stop using your phone. There are ways to work it out so you can remain in touch with the ones you love.
Communication is The key
They say communication is the indispensable thing in any relationship, and that is certainly true with your phone. The question is what can you do to make things better.
- Are the voices hard to hear? Maybe the volume needs to be turned up.
- An ear exam is a smart idea. Your hearing loss may not be permanent so it’s essential to get a correct diagnosis. Temporary hearing loss can be caused by something as basic as an ear infection or earwax build up.
- If the volume is already cranked up, have you tried out an accessory like headphones or a Bluetooth? It’s a relatively inexpensive way to improve the sound quality on the phone, and that may be all you need.
You can take a look at more in depth resolutions to get you back on the phone once you rule out the more obvious problems.
There’s an App For That
As a matter of fact, there’s more than one app. 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:
You can’t get all voice to text apps for free but the majority won’t cost very much.
You Can Get a Phone For That
You can also get a landline phone that does the same thing as an app. They make it less difficult 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.
There is also the option of getting a captioning phone. In order to use the captioning service, you need to have a special 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 your phone’s screen. 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 similarly to the captioning phone. A separate device to show the text is needed, however.
Hearing Aids Are The Best Way To Go
Modern hearing aids won’t feedback every time they come close to a phone like the old ones did. You can get hearing aid compatible phones which remove background noise and other kinds of interference to enhance sound quality. Current hearing aid technology is compatible with these phones. Even when you are not using phone these wireless hearing aids still work.
A sophisticated program that enables it to be compatible with both smart-phones and landlines is a stand out feature of modern hearing aids. You 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. Pairing your hearing aid up with your smart-phone is exactly the same as pairing your phone with any other Bluetooth device. When the phone rings, the sound is sent directly to your hearing aids.
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 schedule an appointment with a hearing specialist to check out the newest hearing aid technology.