Are you noticing yourself chatting less often on the phone because you have difficulty hearing? You can feel isolated over time due to your hearing loss. It’s not necessary to stop chatting on the phone. You can definitely find methods to stay in touch with your friends and loved ones.
Communication is The key
With any relationship, communication is an essential aspect and the same goes for your phone. The question is what can be done to make things better.
- Are the voices hard to hear? Look to make sure the volume is all the way up on the phone.
- If the volume is already cranked up, have you tried out an accessory like headphones or a Bluetooth? It’s a comparatively affordable way to improve the sound quality on the phone, and that may be all you need.
- A hearing exam is a good idea. Get a correct diagnosis because not all loss of hearing is permanent. Temporary hearing loss can be caused by something as simple as an ear infection or earwax build up.
You can take a look at more in depth solutions to get you back on the phone once you rule out the more apparent issues.
You Can Get 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. 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 the majority won’t cost very much.
There is a Phone For That
You can also buy a landline phone that does the same thing as an app. They can amplify the sound on the other end, making it less difficult to hear. An equalizer makes the high pitched sounds that usually get lost clearer.
Another solution is a captioning phone. You need to have a special phone that has a screen if you want to take advantage of the captioning service. Captioning works with an operator that either repeats the spoken words so speech recognition software can translate them into text or types them right into the system. From there the words are displayed on the screen of the phone. You will need the internet to use a captioning service.
An old school phone system that you can still find which works in a similar way to a captioning service is Text-to-Voice Teletype (TTY). A separate device to display the text is required, however.
Getting Hearing Aids is Your Best Option
Newer hearing aids don’t feedback every time they come close to a phone like the old ones did. You can get hearing aid compatible phones which eliminate background noise and other interference to improve sound quality. Today’s hearing aid technology is compatible with these phones. Even when you are not using phone these wireless hearing aids still work.
State of the art, quality hearing aids can also have a more cutting edge program that permits them to be compatible with nearly any phone whether it’s a landline or smartphone. The technology works by holding the hearing device up to the phone and streaming the sound from the one to the other.
Many digital hearing aids are also Bluetooth compatible. You pair the phone up with the hearing aids exactly the same as you would with wireless headphones or earbuds. The sound goes right to your hearing aids when it rings.
Don’t allow hearing loss to ruin your friendships and other relationships. Get back on 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.