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Lorrie

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I may need to buy a smartphone , not that I really want to. Problem is that most of those that I have used for a while, borrowed from someone,  give off a very tinny kind of sound which is awful to my ears. Any kind of tinny sound from an old TV, a computer speaker etc... wreeks havoc on my ears irresspective of the volume. Sound from old phones in offices, homes etc.. if they still exist to a great extent do not have that effect on me, because their sounds are "cleaner". Usually I can talk on a good phone from 30 to 45 minutes, and I would not want to have to subject myself to a portable phone which would not only reduce my ability to use a phone but would set me back constantly for all other sounds. Can anyone recommend a smartphone that gives offf a less tinny cleaner sound?


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JohnMarc

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Using good quality headphones or earset to talk on the phone would probably give you the cleanest sound, regardless of which brand or model the phone is
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Lorrie

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I did not know you could attach earsets or headphones to phones! Thanks. Boy, I am so techno illeterate, but I do not mind.

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My Phonak hearing aids have a Bluetooth connection to my iPhone SE. I can control the volume easily. However, I had to remove any and all alerts as they go straight to my hearing aids and they hurt. I also turned off the ringer switch on the side of the iPhone. I could not turn off the ringer that goes to my hearing aids but I made the volume low. It’s easy to turn off a call I don’t want and I can use my iPhone in church to control my hearing aids without disturbing others. For our landline we got a Boomtouch speaker. You place any cordless or smartphone on top and control the volume by moving the phone around a bit. It is an inexpensive experiment if you want to give it a try. Surely better than the tinny speaker on most cordless phones and it makes a group call easier.
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Lorrie

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LauraB;  Thanks. Do not quite understand what you are explaining, but I will work on it. 

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Lorrie

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LauraB;  All your tech info is with respect to hearing aids. Are these aids for hearing loss and or for hyperacusis TRT? I mean is all your info relevant to me?

Thanks.


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LauraB

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My back story: sudden sensorineural hearing loss last November 10, likely from a viral infection. I use hearing aids to do a number of things. One is for mild hearing loss, as my tinnitus is so loud it is hard to hear over the noise. The second is to help mask my tinnitus using sounds fed directly to the hearing aids, including TV. The third turns the hearing aids into kind of an equalizer, lowering frequencies that cause a severe hyperacusis response. All that said, this is a work in progress. The H and T feed on each other and are not close to being under control, but I start tinnitus retraining therapy next week and am looking forward to it with hope and determination.
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Lorrie

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I have decided that I cannot use any smartphone. The tinny sounds wreck my ears so quickly, as an experience last night showed clearly. I cannot see how any extra gadgets could bring those lousy sounds up to the level of an ordinary home phone that we all used to use.

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Hi Lorrie, I have given up on new phones ..... I have three old land  lines, one which I can turn off the ringer and I get a flashing red light when a call comes in. Another with a ringer that stays in a room away from the area I spend  most time in and unplug at night. Another that I can make calls out on. The first one has call display, but only works part time, it's finicky.   As these are all old phones they are gradually failing and it seems not possible to get repairs or replace them.
So I can appreciate your situation........... modern technology is not for me ...... Good luck and if you ever find a good new phone , hope you will share the info, and I'll do likewise........ Donna

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