Are you chatting less often on the phone because you don’t hear very well. As time passes, you might feel isolated as a result of your loss of hearing. It isn’t necessary to stop talking on the phone. There are ways to work it out so you can stay in touch with your loved ones.
It’s All About Communication
With any relationship, communication is the key and the same goes for your phone. Can anything be done to improve the situation?
- Do the voices sound too soft? Perhaps the volume needs to be turned up.
- Have you had an ear exam? Get a correct diagnosis because not all hearing loss is permanent. It may be something as simple as too much earwax or an ear infection.
- Bluetooth or headphones could be options if you’ve already turned the volume up. It will make your phone sound better and it may be an affordable way to get what you need.
After you rule out some of the more obvious problems, you can look at other solutions that will get you back on the phone.
There’s an App For That
There are actually quite a few potential 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 reasonably priced even though not all are free.
You Can Get a Phone For That
You can also find a landline phone that does the same thing as an app. They make it less difficult to hear by amplifying the voice on the other end. An equalizer makes the high pitched sounds that usually drop of clearer.
You also have the possibility of getting a captioning phone. The captioning service involves a special phone which has a 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. From there the words are displayed on the screen of the phone. The majority of captioning phones require internet service, as well.
Text-to-Voice Teletype (TTY) is an old-school phone system that is still available and works in a similar way to the captioning phone. A separate device to show the text is required, however.
Hearing Aids Are The Best Alternative
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. You can get hearing aid compatible phones which get rid of background noise and other kinds of interference to enhance sound quality. Today’s 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. You just hold the phone up to the hearing aid and allow the technology to work its magic by streaming the sound from one device to the other.
Many digital hearing aids are also Bluetooth compatible. You 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’s no reason to allow hearing loss spoil a perfectly good relationship. Do what you must to get back on your phone, and start talking again. It’s time to schedule an appointment with a hearing specialist to check out the newest hearing aid technology.