Is your loss of hearing causing you to chat less frequently on the phone? Hearing loss, as time goes by, can make you feel isolated. It isn’t necessary to give up talking on the 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. Can anything be done to enhance the situation?
- Do the voices seem too soft? Check the phone to make sure that the volume is all the way up.
- If the volume is already cranked up, have you tried out an accessory such as headphones or a Bluetooth? Perhaps that’s all you require to make your phone sound better and it doesn’t cost that much.
- An ear exam is a smart idea. Not all hearing loss is permanent, so get a proper diagnosis. Simple things including earwax buildup or an ear infection can cause temporary hearing loss.
You can take a look at more in depth solutions to get you back on the phone once you eliminate the more apparent problems.
You Can Find an App For That
You will actually have a choice between several apps. There are many apps you can download that work to get you, and your phone back on the same page, some of which are pretty cool.
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:
- Live Caption
- Hamilton Mobile Cap Tel
- Note, Listen for Deaf
You can’t get all voice to text apps for free but the majority won’t cost very much.
Phones For The Hard of Hearing
There are phones that 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 easier to hear. 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. To take advantage of the captioning service, you need to have a special phone that has a screen. 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 right into the system. The words are then displayed on the screen of the phone. Also, the internet is necessary for most captioning phones.
Text-to-Voice Teletype (TTY) is a traditional phone system that is still around and works similarly to the captioning phone. However, it does require a separate device to show the text.
Hearing Aids Are The Best Choice
Modern hearing aids don’t feedback every time they come close to a phone like the old ones did. The current technology can work with a hearing aid compatible phone to enhance the sound quality and remove interference such as background noise. The best thing is these wireless hearing aids still work even when you’re not using your phone.
Compatibility with both landlines and smart-phones is possible with modern, 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. When the phone rings, the sound is sent directly to your hearing aids.
Don’t permit hearing loss to wreck your friendships and other relationships. Make up with 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.