Are you noticing yourself chatting less frequently on the phone due to your difficulty hearing? Hearing loss, as time goes by, can cause you to feel isolated. It’s not necessary to quit chatting on the phone. You can definitely find methods to stay in touch with your friends and family.
Communication is The key
They say communication is the indispensable thing in any relationship, and that is indeed true when it comes to your phone. The question is what can you do to make things better.
- Bluetooth or headphones might be possibilities if you’ve already turned the volume up. It will make your phone sound better and it might be an inexpensive way to get what you need.
- Have you had an ear exam? Not all hearing loss is permanent, so get a proper diagnosis. Simple things like earwax buildup or an ear infection can cause temporary hearing loss.
- Are the voices too quiet? Check the phone to make certain that the volume is all the way up.
If you look at the obvious issues and have ruled them out, it will be time to consider more in depth solutions.
You Can Find an App For That
The truth is, 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 which are pretty cool.
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:
You can’t get all voice to text apps for free but the majority won’t cost very much.
You Can Get a Phone For That
You can also find a landline phone that does the same thing 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.
A captioning phone is another solution. The captioning service requires a special phone which has an LCD screen. Captioning works with an 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. You will require the internet to use a captioning service.
Text-to-Voice Teletype (TTY) is a traditional phone system that is still around and works in a similar way to the captioning phone. A separate device to display the text is needed, however.
Getting Hearing Aids is Your Best Bet
The days when you would hear ear piercing feedback every time your hearing aids got near a phone are over. The current technology can work with a hearing aid compatible phone to enhance the sound and get rid of interference like background noise. Even when you are not on the phone these wireless hearing aids still work.
A sophisticated program which enables it to be compatible with both smart-phones and landlines is a stand out feature of current hearing aid technology. You just hold the phone up to the hearing aid and let the technology to work its magic by streaming the sound from one device to the other.
Lots of digital hearing aids are also Bluetooth compatible. 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 directly to your hearing aids when it rings.
Don’t let hearing loss to ruin 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 look at the newest hearing aid technology.