Are you chatting less often on the phone because you can’t hear very well. Hearing loss, as time goes by, can cause you to feel isolated. It’s not necessary to stop talking on the phone. It is possible to keep in touch with friends and family.
It’s All About Communication
With any relationship, communication is an essential aspect and the same goes for your phone. The question is what can you do to make things better.
- Have you had an ear exam? Your hearing loss may not be permanent so it’s important to get a correct diagnosis. Simple things such as earwax buildup or an ear infection will cause temporary hearing loss.
- Do the voices sound too soft? Check the phone to make sure that the volume is turned all the way up.
- If the volume is already cranked up, have you experimented with 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.
Once you rule out some of the more obvious issues, you can have a look at other possibilities that will get you back on the phone.
There’s an App For That
You will actually 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. These apps don’t all work perfectly but they can be very helpful. Brands to look up include:
Most voice to text apps are affordably priced even though not all are free.
There is a Phone For That
If you want to find a landline solution, you can get phones for your home that function the same way as an app. They make it much easier to hear by amplifying the sound on the other end. An equalizer makes the high pitched sounds that usually drop of clearer.
Another way to go is a captioning phone. The captioning service involves a unique phone which has an LCD screen. when 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 the internet to use a captioning service.
Text-to-Voice Teletype (TTY) is a traditional phone system that is still available and works similarly to the captioning phone. However, it does require a separate device to display the text.
The Best Way To Go Are Hearing Aids
It used to be, whenever a hearing aid was near a phone, you would get ear piercing feedback, but new hearing aids don’t usually do that. There are hearing aid compatible phones which get rid of background noise and other interference to improve sound quality. Current hearing aid technology is compatible with these phones. Even when you are not on the phone these wireless hearing aids still work.
A sophisticated program which allows it to be compatible with both smart-phones and landlines is a stand out feature of modern hearing aids. The technology functions by holding the hearing device up to the phone and streaming the sound from the one to the other.
Lots of digital hearing aids are also Bluetooth compatible. You simply pair the phone up with the hearing aids just like you would with wireless headphones or earbuds. When the phone rings, the sound goes directly to your hearing aids.
There is 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. You can check out the newest hearing aid technology by making an appointment with a hearing care specialist.