It’s a fact. Some people hear better than others. For those who don’t hear so well and struggle when using the phone, just getting through the work day without being frustrated can be a real challenge.
Hearing loss is something that affects a lot of office workers today and can be a result of a condition stemming from birth. It can also be something that developed over time such as exposure to loud noises like being around heavy equipment, industrial machinery or from military activities for example. Hearing loss can also show up later in life such as with Acoustic Neuromas which are tumors that attach to the main nerve leading from the inner ear to the brain and can cause significant loss of hearing among other things.
No matter what the cause of hearing loss, office workers who experience it, have to contend with the challenges and hope they hear enough to be effective at their job.
Most office jobs require people to spend time on the phone using a phone handset receiver or a headset. In either case, hearing loss can pose serious challenges to anyone who wants to engage in normal conversations.
In the course of day-to-day business, those who have hearing loss can find themselves
- Asking callers to repeat themselves
- Seeking ways to get more hearing volume
- Seeking solutions that can give tone adjustment as hearing loss isn’t always about the need for increased volume.
- Being distracted by competing background noise
- Not understanding much of what’s being said
- Feeling frustrated
So, the logical question might be
Working to resolve this problem can take many paths. Here are a few:
- You can work with Management on ways to reduce room noise.
- You can get a headset that fully encircles the ears so you can hear better like this model that’s used with PC’s but can be adapted to be used with a phone
- You can consider getting a Captioned Telephone www.captel.com
Click on the link above and you’ll get a lot of good information and they can really help, especially if your hearing loss is significant.
That leads us to #3 which is the quickest, easiest and least expensive approach to helping you hear better while on the phone.
3. Look into purchasing an in-line phone amplifier.
There’s good news when considering this type of product.
- It’s very inexpensive – normally costing in the range of $40-$50.00
- It’s very easy to set up and only takes a few minutes
- It provides approximately 3 times the normal hearing volume
- It’s portable and small, so you can take it with you if you travel
- It works on a very wide variety of phones; Analog, Digital, Centrex and Voip
- You can use it with a handset receiver or with a headset (wired or wireless)
- The volume gain you’ll hear will be noticeable and might just be the answer
The Walker W10 in-line amplifier connects in between the handset and the telephone. Once on the phone, simply dial-up the volume wheel and sound is instantly increased. This device can also be used in conjunction with a wired or wireless headset of most any make.
This is a simple solution that can make a world of difference to anyone needing a volume boost when on the phone.
As a footnote, there are other manufacturers of in-line amplifiers such as Clarity and ClearSounds. Additionally, there are other types of in-line amplifiers that not only provide increased hearing volume, but sound boost for those moments when you need a little more sound and finally, tone control which is important when volume alone isn’t the answer.
If you have questions or need some assistance, we’re here to help so don’t hesitate to contact us.
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