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Women avoiding talking on the phone because of hearing loss.

Are you finding yourself chatting less frequently on the phone because you have trouble hearing? You may feel isolated as time passes due to your hearing loss. Don’t break up with your phone. You can definitely find ways to stay in touch with your friends and loved ones.

It’s All About Communication

With any relationship, communication is an essential aspect and the same goes for your phone. What can be done to make things better is the important question.

  • Bluetooth or headphones might be options if you’ve already turned the volume up. It will make your phone sound better and it may be an inexpensive way to get what you need.
  • Are the voices too quiet? It’s possible the volume needs to be turned up.
  • An ear exam is a good idea. Get a proper diagnosis because not all loss of hearing is permanent. It may well be something as simple as earwax buildup or an ear infection.

You can take a look at more in depth resolutions to get you back on the phone once you eliminate the more apparent issues.

There’s an App For That

Actually, there’s more than one app. 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 are far from perfect, but you should be able to work with them. Brands to look up include:

You can’t get all voice to text apps for free but most won’t cost very much.

Phones Made For The Hard of Hearing

Some phones do the same thing as an app if you are interested in a landline option. By amplifying the voice an the other end, they make it less difficult to hear. They also work to equalize the tone, so high pitched sounds that normally drop off become clearer.

A captioning phone is another solution. To take advantage of the captioning service, you have to have a special phone that has a screen. 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 right into the system. From there the words are displayed on the screen of the phone. The majority of captioning devices require internet service, as well.

a traditional phone system that is still around which works in a similar way to a captioning service is Text-to-Voice Teletype (TTY). A separate device to display the text is necessary, however.

The Best Way To Go Are Hearing Aids

The days when you would hear ear piercing feedback when your hearing aids got near a phone are over. There are hearing aid compatible phones that remove background noise and other kinds of interference to improve sound quality. Modern hearing aid technology is compatible with these phones. Even when you are not on the phone these wireless hearing aids still work.

Compatibility with both landlines and smart-phones is possible with modern, high quality hearing aids. The technology works by holding the hearing device up to the phone and streaming the sound from the one to the other.

Most 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 wreck a perfectly good relationship. Do what you must to make up with your phone, and start talking again. You can check out the newest hearing aid technology by making an appointment with a hearing care specialist.

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.
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