Trade Phone Time for Face Time
Do you feel dread every time the phone rings? Many of my clients tell me they struggle to hear well on the phone - with or without their hearing aids. It's no surprise. Over 50% of communication is body language!
Watching a person's face while talking makes a big difference for anyone with hearing loss. With free video messaging apps that use the internet, we now have something better than phone calls. We have face time with video calls.
Tell family and friends you're trading your phone calls for video calls. It's almost as good as talking in person and it's easy to do.
You will need a basic tablet, iPad or computer and a free video messaging app. Popular apps include:
FaceTime (by Apple for iPad, iPhone, and Macs)
Skype (by Microsoft)
WhatsApp (by FaceBook)
I recommend a tablet because it's portable, the screen size is big enough to share visual cues, and you can use it anywhere you have WiFi access to the internet.
Ask friends or family to help set it up and practice making and receiving video calls with the people you most want to communicate with. Once you've done it a few times, you'll see how easy it is.
Some of my clients get a tablet just for this! They tell me it's the best investment they've ever made. If the phone is no longer right for you, I hope you'll try face time.
Hear it all again!
Lori L Cunningham, MA, Aud (C), RAUD