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Let's talk about hearing: Telephones and hearing aids

Posted by Christina Jedra  May 2, 2013 10:00 AM

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The following was submitted by Loleata Wigall: 

We all know that communication is vital to relationships.  Listening and being listened to is very important in a relationship.  But if you have hearing loss, your ability to hear and understand will be diminished.  This can cause misunderstandings and conflict in a relationship.
  
Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone and was awarded a patent for it in 1876.  Interestingly, his wife and mother were deaf.  Although he is the discoverer of many inventions, he is best known for inventing the telephone and the effect it had on communication.

Telephones have come a long way since then.  But if one person has a hearing loss, talking on the telephone can be difficult because visual clues are missing.  It can cause frustration and misunderstanding for both parties.  The good news is that hearing aids now have blue tooth capability which pairs to a person’s cell phone enabling a clearer signal.

With blue tooth capability the hearing aid wearer will hear the conversation through both hearing aids simultaneously.  With the signal being transmitted to both hearing aids, the wearer’s hearing aids shape the incoming speech to their hearing loss.  The hearing aid wearer no longer has to put the phone on speaker to hear the conversation.

A blue tooth landline cordless phone is also available so the hearing aid wearer can still have a landline if they want.  But, the blue tooth feature makes it easy to answer the phone and hear well.  The speech is transmitted to both hearing aids simultaneously.  

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