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Women avoiding talking on the phone because of hearing loss.

Is your loss of hearing causing you to talk less frequently on the phone? Over time, you may feel isolated due to your hearing loss. You don’t need to stop using your phone. It is possible to remain in touch with friends and family.

It’s All About Communication

They say communication is the essential thing in any relationship, and that is definitely true with your phone. The question is what can you do to make things better.

  • You can consider accessories such as Bluetooth or headphones if the volume is already cranked up. It’s a relatively inexpensive way to improve the sound quality on the phone, and that may be all you need.
  • Are the voices too quiet? It’s possible the volume needs to be turned up.
  • Have you had an ear exam? Not all loss of hearing is permanent, so get a correct diagnosis. It might be something as straightforward as earwax buildup or an ear infection.

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

There’s an App For That

There are really several potential 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.

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 the majority won’t cost very much.

There is a Phone For That

If you are looking for a landline solution, you can find phones for your home that do the same thing as an app. They can amplify the sound on the other end, making it less difficult to hear. High pitched sounds on the other end become clearer because they can equalize the sound.

A captioning phone is another solution. The captioning service requires a unique phone which has an LCD 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. You will require the internet to use a captioning service.

An old school 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 show the text is required, however.

The Best Alternative Are Hearing Aids

Newer hearing aids don’t feedback every time they get close to a phone like the old ones did. The newer technology can work with a hearing aid compatible phone to enhance the sound and remove interference like background noise. What’s more, they are wireless and work even when you’re not on the phone.

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. Pairing your hearing aid up with your smart-phone is done exactly the same way as pairing your phone with any other Bluetooth device. The sound goes right to your hearing aids when it rings.

Don’t allow hearing loss to wreck your friendships and other relationships. Do what you must to get back on your phone, and start talking again. It’s time to schedule an appointment with a hearing specialist to check out the newest hearing aid technology.

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