Are you chatting less often on the phone because you don’t hear very well. Hearing loss, over time, can cause you to feel isolated. It’s not necessary to quit talking on the phone. You can absolutely discover ways to stay in touch with your friends and family.
Communication is The key
With any relationship, communication is an essential aspect and the same goes for your phone. What can be done to make things better is the important question.
- Do the voices seem too soft? Look to make sure the volume is all the way up on the phone.
- A hearing exam is a good idea. Get a good diagnosis because not all hearing loss is permanent. Simple things including earwax buildup or an ear infection will cause temporary hearing loss.
- If the volume is already on high, have you tried an accessory like headphones or a Bluetooth? It will make your phone sound better and it may be an inexpensive way to get what you need.
After you eliminate some of the more obvious issues, you can take a look at other possible solutions that will get you back on the phone.
There’s an App For That
You will really have a choice between several apps. There are some pretty cool apps that will get you comfortable being back on your phone.
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:
Not all voice to text apps are free, but most are reasonably priced.
Phones Made For The Hard of Hearing
You can also get a landline phone has similar functions as an app. By amplifying the sound an the other end, they make it much easier to hear. An equalizer makes the high pitched sounds that usually drop of clearer.
Another way to go is a captioning phone. The captioning service requires a special phone that has a screen. If you have this service, the words are repeated or typed into software by a third party operator and are then displayed on your phone’s screen. You will require the internet to use a captioning service.
An old school phone system that you can still find which works in a similar way to a captioning service is Text-to-Voice Teletype (TTY). You will need a TTY device that sits near the phone to show the text, though.
Hearing Aids Are The Best Way To Go
It used to be, every time a hearing aid was near a phone, there would be ear piercing feedback, but new hearing aids don’t usually do that. The current technology can work with a hearing aid compatible phone to enhance the sound quality and remove 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, high quality 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.
Most digital hearing aids are also Bluetooth compatible. You 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 wreck your friendships and other relationships. Get back on your phone whatever it takes so you can start talking again. You can check out the newest hearing aid technology by making an appointment with a hearing care specialist.