Are you talking less frequently on the phone because you can’t hear very well. As time passes, you can feel isolated as a result of your hearing loss. Don’t just quit using your phone. There are ways to work it out so you can remain in touch with your loved ones.
Communication is The key
With any relationship, communication is the key and the same goes for your phone. The question is what can be done to make things better.
- An ear exam is a good idea. Your hearing loss might not be permanent so it’s essential to get a correct diagnosis. Temporary hearing loss can be caused by something as simple as an ear infection or earwax build up.
- Do the voices seem too quiet? Perhaps the volume needs to be turned up.
- Bluetooth or headphones might be options if you’ve already turned the volume up. It’s a relatively inexpensive way to enhance the sound quality on the phone, and that might be all you require.
You can have a look at more in depth solutions to get you back on the phone once you eliminate the more obvious issues.
There’s an App For That
There are actually several possible 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. Not all of these apps work perfectly, but they give you some option that could be 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.
There is a Phone For That
Some phones work the same way as an app if you are interested in a landline solution. By amplifying the sound an the other end, they make it much easier to hear. They also work to equalize the tone, so high pitched sounds that normally get lost become clearer.
You also have the possibility 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. If you have this service, the words are repeated or typed into software by a third party operator and are then displayed on the screen of the phone. Also, the internet is needed for most captioning devices.
Text-to-Voice Teletype (TTY) is an old-school phone system that is still available and works in a similar way to the captioning phone. A separate device to show the text is necessary, however.
Getting Hearing Aids is Your Best Option
It used to be, every time a hearing aid was near a phone, there would be ear piercing feedback, but those days are over. There are hearing aid compatible phones that remove background noise and other interference to enhance sound quality. Modern hearing aid technology is compatible with these phones. Even when you are not on the phone these wireless hearing aids still work.
State of the art, quality hearing aids can also have a more advanced program that permits them to be compatible with nearly any phone whether it’s a landline or smartphone. You simply 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.
Bluetooth compatibility is also a standard 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. Do what you must to get back on your phone, and start talking again. It’s time to make an appointment with a hearing specialist to check out the newest hearing aid technology.