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Women avoiding talking on the phone because of hearing loss.

Are you chatting less often on the phone because you don’t hear so well. Hearing loss, as time goes by, can cause you to feel isolated. Don’t break up with your phone. It is possible to stay in touch with friends and family.

Communication is The key

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

  • Do the voices sound too quiet? Maybe the volume needs to be turned up.
  • Have you had an ear exam? Not all loss of hearing is permanent, so get a proper diagnosis. It may possibly be something as basic as too much earwax or an ear infection.
  • Bluetooth or headphones could be options if you’ve already turned the volume up. It’s a comparatively inexpensive way to improve the sound quality on the phone, and that might be all you need.

If you’ve already looked at at the most obvious issues and have ruled them out, it will be time to think about more in depth solutions.

You Can Get an App For That

There are really quite a few possible apps. There are many apps you can download that work to get you, and your phone back on the same page, some of them 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:

Not all voice to text apps are free, but the majority are affordably priced.

They Make a Phone For That

If you want to find a landline solution, you can find phones for your home that do the same thing as an app. They can amplify the voice on the other end, making it easier to hear. They also work to equalize the tone, so high pitched sounds that tend to get lost become clearer.

Another solution is a captioning phone. The captioning service involves a unique phone which has an LCD screen. 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. The words are then displayed on the captioning phone’s screen. You will need to have 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). You need to get a TTY device that sits near the phone to display the text, though.

The Best Option Are Hearing Aids

In the past, every time a hearing aid got near a phone, there would be ear piercing feedback, but new hearing aids don’t usually do that. The newer technology can work with a hearing aid compatible phone to improve the sound quality and get rid of interference like background noise. What’s more, they are wireless and work even when you’re not on the phone.

State of the art, high quality hearing aids can also have a more advanced program that allows them to be compatible with almost any phone whether it’s a landline or smartphone. 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 standard feature of today’s hearing aid tech. You simply pair the phone up with the hearing aids just like you would with wireless headphones or earbuds. When the phone rings, the sound is sent directly to your hearing aids.

There’s no reason to allow hearing loss spoil a perfectly good relationship. 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.

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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