Are you chatting less often on the phone because you can’t hear very well. You may feel isolated over time due to your hearing loss. It isn’t necessary to quit chatting on the phone. There are ways to work it out so you can remain in touch with the ones you love.
It’s All About Communication
They say communication is the indispensable thing in any relationship, and that is absolutely true with your phone. Can anything be done to enhance the situation?
- Do the voices sound too soft? Perhaps the volume needs to be turned up.
- Bluetooth or headphones might be options if you’ve already turned the volume up. Perhaps that’s all you need to make your phone sound better and it doesn’t cost very much.
- Have you had a hearing test? Not all loss of hearing is permanent, so get a correct diagnosis. Basic things such as earwax buildup or an ear infection will cause temporary hearing loss.
Once 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 several 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.
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:
Not all voice to text apps are free, but most are reasonably priced.
Phones For The Hard of Hearing
You can also get a landline phone that does the same thing as an app. They make it easier to hear by amplifying the voice on the other end. High pitched sounds on the other end become clearer because they can equalize the sound.
A captioning phone is another alternative. You have to have a unique phone that has a screen if you want to take advantage of the captioning service. Captioning works with a third party 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.
a traditional phone system that is still around which works similarly to a captioning service is Text-to-Voice Teletype (TTY). It requires a TTY device that sits next to the phone to display the text, though.
The Best Option Are Hearing Aids
Modern hearing aids don’t feedback every time they get close to a phone like the old ones did. There are hearing aid compatible phones that remove background noise and other types of interference to improve sound quality. Modern 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.
Compatibility with both landlines and smart-phones is possible with modern, high quality hearing aids. You 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.
Lots of 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. The sound goes right to your hearing aids when it rings.
There is no reason to allow hearing loss ruin a perfectly good relationship. Get back on your phone whatever it takes so you can start talking again. It’s time to make an appointment with a hearing specialist to check out the newest hearing aid technology.