Are you talking less often on the phone because you can’t hear very well. Hearing loss, as time goes by, can make you feel isolated. You don’t have to give up using your phone. You can certainly find ways to remain in touch with your friends and family.
Communication is The key
They say communication is the crucial thing with any relationship, and that is indeed true with your phone. The question is what can you do to make things better.
- Are the voices too soft? Maybe the volume needs to be turned up.
- An ear exam is a smart idea. Get a good diagnosis because not all loss of hearing is permanent. It might be something as straightforward as earwax buildup or an ear infection.
- You can try accessories like Bluetooth or headphones if the volume is already turned up. Maybe that’s all you require to make your phone sound better and it doesn’t cost that much.
After you rule out some of the more obvious problems, you can have a look at other possibilities that will get you back on the phone.
You Can Get an App For That
There are actually several possible 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. These apps are far from perfect, but you should be able to work with them. Brands to look up include:
Not all voice to text apps are free, but the majority are affordably priced.
Phones For The Hard of Hearing
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. An equalizer makes the high pitched sounds that usually drop of clearer.
You also have the possibility of getting a captioning phone. You need to have a unique phone that has a screen if you want to use the captioning service. Captioning works with a third party operator that either repeats the spoken words so speech recognition software can translate them into text or types them directly into the system. The words are then displayed on the screen of the phone. Most captioning phones need to have internet service, as well.
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. However, it does call for a separate device to display the text.
Hearing Aids Are The Best Alternative
In the past, every time a hearing aid was near a phone, you would get ear piercing feedback, but those days are over. The newer technology can work with a hearing aid compatible phone to improve the sound quality and eliminate interference like 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. The technology works 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. 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.
There’s no reason to allow hearing loss damage a perfectly good relationship. Do what you must to get back on your phone, and start talking again. It’s time to schedule an appointment with a hearing specialist to check out the newest hearing aid technology.