Do I need an amplified phone?
If you are noticing you are having a hard time understanding what people are saying, you may have a hearing loss.
The good news is if you do have a hearing loss, there are devices to help you hear better. One such device is an amplified phone. If you’re a Texas resident with a hearing loss, you can get one for free.
Hearing loss is very common, especially as you get older. Years of being exposed to loud noise can damage your hearing. In fact, more than 28 million Americans have a hearing loss. Of those, more than 9 million are over the age of 65.
Studies have shown that adults age 50 or older who have an untreated hearing loss are more likely to experience depression, anxiety and paranoia. People in that group are more likely to not participate in activities that require hearing, like talking on the phone.
If you think you have a hearing loss, you probably do.
Many people have a difficult time accepting that they have a problem with their hearing. One reason is because hearing loss often occurs gradually and is not always noticeable at first. If you think you do have a hearing loss, simply come in for a free hearing test.
If you are unsure, answer these questions to help decide if you need help.
Do you turn up the television or radio louder than others prefer?
Do people often sound like they are mumbling or speaking too softly?
Do you have trouble hearing on the telephone?
Do you have a hard time following a conversation in a noisy environment such as a restaurant?
Do you remove yourself from conversations or social situations because it is difficult to hear what is being said?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have a hearing problem and it may be time to have your hearing tested. Once you have a free hearing test, we can help you get your free amplified phone.
Continue here to check if you are eligible for a free phone under the STAP program