Talking on the phone is the biggest challenge for anyone with hearing loss. Follow the list below to learn more.
Top 5 ways that can help you:
1. Use FaceTime or video chat. Sometimes reading a person's lips can help fill in the gap of what you may have missed.
2. Use captioned calls. There are a few companies out there designated for people with hearing loss and it's FREE! They will provide you with a telephone where you can see the live captions of the call.
- Hamilton Cap Tel
3. Use mobile apps. There is an app for talking on the phone with a real-time captioner (Hamilton Cap Tel). For in person one-on-one meetings. If you are going to the doctor and are having a hard time hearing. Use an app such as Live Transcribe, which will transcribe what the person is saying. This is great for college courses too!
4. Set up a "phone" program for your device.
- There are bluetooth accessories available to allow in-direct and/or direct streaming to the hearing aid(s).
- Telecoil programs works by turning off the regular microphone on your hearing aid and only picking up the sounds from the phone. It's kind of a hit or miss strategy.
5. Change your cell phone settings. Some cell phones have accessibility settings that allow you to enhance phone calls by reducing ambient noise when holding the receiver to your ear. If you have a fancy new hearing aid that is bluetooth compatible, be sure to turn your MFi settings on.
Bonus Tip: If you have Behind-The-Ear hearing aids or your CI microphone are on the top of the processor, try holding the phone receiver closer to the microphones on the top of your ear, instead of lower near your ear canal where one might naturally place it.
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