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Women avoiding talking on the phone because of hearing loss.

Are you chatting less frequently on the phone because you can’t hear very well. Hearing loss, as time goes by, can make you feel isolated. It’s not necessary to give up chatting on the phone. There are ways to work it out so you can keep in touch with your loved ones.

Communication is The key

With any relationship, communication is an essential aspect and the same goes for your phone. The question is what can you do to make things better.

  • Are the voices too soft? It’s possible the volume needs to be turned up.
  • If the volume is already cranked up, have you experimented with an accessory like headphones or a Bluetooth? It will make your phone sound better and it might be an inexpensive way to get what you need.
  • Have you had an ear exam? Get a correct diagnosis because not all loss of hearing is permanent. Simple things such as earwax buildup or an ear infection can cause temporary hearing loss.

Once you rule out some of the more obvious issues, you can have a look at other possibilities that will get you back on the phone.

You Can Find an App For That

You will really have a choice between several apps. 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 don’t all work perfectly but they can be very helpful. Brands to look up include:

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

They Make a Phone For That

You can also buy a landline phone has similar functions as an app. They make it much easier to hear by amplifying the voice on the other end. An equalizer makes the high pitched sounds that usually drop of clearer.

There is also the possibility of getting a captioning phone. To take advantage of the captioning service, you have 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 right into the system. From there the words are displayed on the screen of the phone. Also, the internet is necessary for most captioning devices.

a traditional phone system that you can still find which works similarly 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 won’t feedback whenever they get close to a phone like the old ones did. There are hearing aid compatible phones which get rid of background noise and other kinds of interference to enhance sound quality. Current hearing aid technology is compatible with these phones. The best thing is these wireless hearing aids will still work even when you’re not using your phone.

Modern, high quality hearing aids can also have a more cutting edge program that allows them to be compatible with virtually 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 normal 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. The sound goes right to your hearing aids when it rings.

There isn’t any reason to allow hearing loss spoil a perfectly good relationship. Make up with 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.

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