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Women avoiding talking on the phone because of hearing loss.

Are you finding yourself talking less often on the phone due to your trouble hearing? You may feel isolated as time passes because of your hearing loss. Don’t just stop using your phone. It is possible to keep in touch with friends and family.

It’s All About Communication

With any relationship, communication is an essential aspect and the same goes for your phone. What can be done improve the situation is the important question.

  • A hearing exam is a smart idea. Get a good diagnosis because not all loss of hearing is permanent. It may be something as straightforward as too much earwax or an ear infection.
  • If the volume is already cranked up, have you tried an accessory such as headphones or a Bluetooth? It will make your phone sound better and it could be an affordable way to get what you need.
  • Are the voices difficult to hear? Check the phone to make certain that the volume is all the way up.

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

You Can Find an App For That

Actually, 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 them are pretty cool.

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

There are phones that do the same thing as an app if you are looking for a landline option. They make it easier to hear by amplifying the sound on the other end. High pitched sounds on the other end become clearer because they can equalize the sound.

A captioning phone is yet another solution. The captioning service requires a special phone which has an LCD screen. With this service, the words are repeated or typed into software by a third party operator and are then displayed on your phone’s screen. Also, the internet is necessary for the majority of captioning phones.

Text-to-Voice Teletype (TTY) is a traditional phone system that is still around and works in a similar way to the captioning phone. However, it does call for a separate device to display the text.

The Best Way To Go Are Hearing Aids

Modern hearing aids don’t feedback every time they get close to a phone like the old ones did. The latest technology can work with a hearing aid compatible phone to enhance 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.

Compatibility with both landlines and smart-phones is possible with modern, high quality hearing aids. The technology functions 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 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.

Don’t permit 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 schedule an appointment with a hearing specialist to look at the newest hearing aid technology.

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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