Women avoiding talking on the phone because of hearing loss.

Are you talking less frequently on the phone because you don’t hear so well. As time passes, you might feel isolated because of your loss of hearing. You don’t need to stop using your phone. You can absolutely find methods to keep in touch with your friends and loved ones.

It’s All About Communication

They say communication is the essential thing with any relationship, and that is indeed true with your phone. Can anything be done to improve the situation?

  • Bluetooth or headphones may be options if you’ve already turned the volume up. It’s a comparatively affordable way to improve the sound quality on the phone, and that may be all you require.
  • Have you had a hearing test? Your hearing loss might not be permanent so it’s important to get a quality diagnosis. Basic things such as earwax buildup or an ear infection will cause temporary hearing loss.
  • Are the voices too quiet? Look to make sure the volume is all the way up on the phone.

You can take a look at more in depth solutions to get you back on the phone once you rule out the more obvious problems.

There’s 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.

What the other person says can be turned to text with some of these apps. These apps are far from perfect, but you should be able to work with them. Brands to look up include:

Most voice to text apps are affordably priced even though not all are free.

Phones Made For The Hard of Hearing

There are phones that work the same way as an app if you are looking for a landline option. By amplifying the sound 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.

Another solution is a captioning phone. In order to use the captioning service, you need to have a special phone with 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. You will require the internet to use a captioning service.

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. However, it does call for a separate device to display the text.

Getting Hearing Aids is Your Best Bet

It used to be, whenever a hearing aid got near a phone, you would get ear piercing feedback, but new hearing aids don’t usually do that. The current technology can work with a hearing aid compatible phone to improve the sound quality and get rid of interference such as background noise. Even when you are not using phone these wireless hearing aids still work.

An advanced program which permits it to be compatible with both smart-phones and landlines is a stand out feature of modern hearing aids. 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 exactly the same as you would with wireless headphones or earbuds. The sound goes right to your hearing aids when it rings.

Don’t let hearing loss to ruin your friendships and other relationships. Do what you must to make up with your phone, and start talking again. It’s time to make an appointment with a hearing specialist to look at the newest hearing aid technology.

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