Phone Trends

We saw an old movie yesterday with a phone that had cords and didn’t leave the desk. We laughed. Remember when… (my mind wanders off into movie dialog from The Jerk). These days we prefer our smartphones

Which can be had on Etsy

I resisted cell phones for a good many years. Who wanted to be tracked like that? My ex got one for me and I remember keeping it in the glove compartment a lot until we were divorced. I got one of my own eventually and later learned how to text on my flip phone from my teenagers.

Texting suddenly made my cell phone worthwhile. I could text without looking, feeling the bump of each number/letter. I knew when to switch certain letter combinations without looking too. I hung onto my flip phone a few years after smartphones became common.

I think I had a Samsung, which is still available on Ebay.

My husband resisted cell phones longer than I did. He had to learn how to text after meeting me as by then that was my preferred mode of communication. He’s hard on cellphones, breaking them often, so he moved onto the smartphone before I did. It took a few months of me watching him look at his email thinking, “That might be cool” because email was my other preferred mode of communication. So I got one while we were on trip south in the VW Vanagon.

I feel a certain nostalgia for the flip phone but I could never go back. With smartphones come a variety of apps and there are a number that I use for personal use and some I use for hearing loss. I use my smartphone mainly for text, email, camera/photos and music. (Music is still good if it’s piped right into my ears.) I rarely use for it’s intended purpose; phone calls.

I still feel a certain amount of anxiety when the phone rings even though I have InnoCaption. It’s there though and I use it when I have too but I need to psyche myself up to use talk on the phone, without lipreading. I also have to make sure I have good signal for Wi-Fi and cell service so my captions or I get fouled up captions. I also need to make sure I have a quiet environment so I’m not distracted or and I can use what hearing I have left in case I get the occasional lousy translation. That’s reason enough for some phone call anxiety.

I also have speech-to-text apps, AVA and Otter which I use more than phone calls. I have an app for my Neosensory haptic bracelet the Buzz. There’s a packing list, writers list, music app, tinnitus app, weather and more. It all blends. There’s apps available for hearing tests and turning your phone into an assistive listening device or personal amplifier. There’s sign language apps and other phone call captioning apps too like CaptionCall. I also use Google Meet a lot for the speech to text captions that come with that. I can see, I can hear and I have captions to back it up.

There are so many things you can do with a smartphone now that buying separate devices is becoming obsolete. Amplified phones for house use with landlines? Very few people are asking for that anymore. At work we have a demo room full of devices for people try but technology gets dated fast these days. I expect our smartphones will become the next ‘demo room’. People want to know more about apps than what we have in the demo room.

I’d like to hear from you. What are your favorite apps? What apps have you tried and found lacking? What apps are you looking forward to? Let’s connect, I’d like to learn more.

There are some people who still rely on landlines and phones. If you are one, check out Harris Communications or Teltex. They have a variety of amplified phones available.

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