Is your loss of hearing causing you to chat less frequently on the phone? Over time, you may feel isolated due to your hearing loss. It’s not necessary to stop chatting on the phone. You can absolutely find ways to remain in touch with your friends and loved ones.
Communication is The key
With any relationship, communication is the key and the same goes for your phone. Can anything be done to enhance the situation?
- If the volume is already on high, have you tried out an accessory such as headphones or a Bluetooth? It will make your phone sound better and it may be an affordable way to get what you need.
- Do the voices sound too soft? It’s possible the volume needs to be turned up.
- A hearing exam is a good idea. Not all loss of hearing is permanent, so get a correct diagnosis. Basic things including earwax buildup or an ear infection can cause temporary hearing loss.
You can take a look at more in depth resolutions to get you back on the phone once you eliminate the more apparent problems.
You Can Find 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.
What the other person says can be turned to text with some of these apps. These apps are far from perfect, but you should be able to work with them. Brands to look up include:
- Live Caption
- Hamilton Mobile Cap Tel
- Note, Listen for Deaf
Most voice to text apps are reasonably priced even though not all of them are free.
You Can Get a Phone For That
You can also buy a landline phone has similar functions as an app. They make it easier 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 alternative of getting a captioning phone. The captioning service requires a special phone which has a screen. If you have 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.
An old school phone system that is still around which works in a similar way to a captioning service is Text-to-Voice Teletype (TTY). A separate device to show the text is needed, however.
Hearing Aids Are The Best Option
The days when you would get ear piercing feedback whenever your hearing aids came near a phone are over. The latest technology can work with a hearing aid compatible phone to improve the sound quality and remove interference such as background noise. What’s more, they are wireless and work even when you aren’t on the phone.
Modern, quality hearing aids can also have a more cutting edge program that permits them to be compatible with almost any phone whether it’s a landline or smartphone. 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. When the phone rings, the sound goes directly to your hearing aids.
There’s no reason to allow hearing loss spoil a perfectly good relationship. Do what you must to make up with your phone, and start talking again. It’s time to make an appointment with a hearing specialist to look at the newest hearing aid technology.