Are you chatting less frequently on the phone because you can’t hear very well. As time passes, you might feel isolated because of your hearing loss. Don’t break up with your phone. There are ways to deal with it so you can stay in touch with the ones you love.
Communication is The key
They say communication is the crucial thing in any relationship, and that is indeed true with your phone. What can be done improve the situation is the important question.
- An ear exam is a smart idea. Your hearing loss may not be permanent so it’s essential to get a proper diagnosis. Simple things including earwax buildup or an ear infection will cause temporary hearing loss.
- Do the voices seem too quiet? Check to make sure the volume is all the way up on the phone.
- If the volume is already cranked up, have you tried an accessory such as headphones or a Bluetooth? It will make your phone sound better and it could be an inexpensive way to get what you need.
You can take a look at more in depth solutions to get you back on the phone once you rule out the more obvious issues.
There’s an App For That
There are really quite a few potential apps. There are many apps you can download that will work to get you, and your phone back on the same page, some of which are pretty cool.
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:
You can’t get all voice to text apps for free but most won’t cost very much.
There is a Phone For That
If you are looking for a landline solution, you can get phones for your home that function the same way as an app. By amplifying the voice 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 possibility of getting a captioning phone. You have to have a unique phone that has a screen if you want to use the captioning service. With this service, the words are repeated or typed into software by a third party operator and are then shown on your phone’s screen. The majority of captioning devices require internet service, as well.
Text-to-Voice Teletype (TTY) is a traditional phone system that is still available and works similarly to the captioning phone. A separate device to display the text is necessary, however.
Getting Hearing Aids is Your Best Bet
The days when you would get ear piercing feedback every time your hearing aids got near a phone are over. There are hearing aid compatible phones which eliminate background noise and other interference to enhance sound quality. Current hearing aid technology is compatible with these phones. The best thing is these wireless hearing aids still work even when you’re not on the phone.
Modern, high 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 normal feature of today’s hearing aid tech. You pair the phone up with the hearing aids just like you would with wireless headphones or earbuds. The sound goes directly to your hearing aids when it rings.
There isn’t any reason to allow hearing loss spoil a perfectly good relationship. Make up with 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.