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Old December 15th, 2012, 08:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am hearing impaired and seldom use my optimus V for phone calls. But occasionally I do need to make a phone call. The volume of the speakers at maximum is too soft for me to hear the person I'm calling. There are volume boost apps available on Google Play. I would like to know if anyone has tried one of these apps and can report that the app worked and did not damage the speakers.

I contacted Virgin Mobile to ask about a safe app and the only reply I got was to purchase a TTY device. Well, they're expensive but more to the point, they're huge, certainly not something you could carry even in a large pocket.

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Perhaps using earbuds (those in-ear headphones) will help. Even a using a cheap $10 pair of earbuds seems to me to be much louder than the phones speaker, don't know of any apps that will increase a device's sound output.
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Perhaps using earbuds (those in-ear headphones) will help. Even a using a cheap $10 pair of earbuds seems to me to be much louder than the phones speaker, don't know of any apps that will increase a device's sound output.
Thanks for the suggestion. I would use earbuds if I didn't already have hearing aids stuck in my ears :-). Without the hearing aids I am essentially deaf. I've tried headphones that cover the ear but they either cause terrible feedback to my hearing aids or don't help at all. I would just get a different cell phone except that I think they all limit the volume to protect users' ears or the tiny speakers.
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speaker phone and hold the phone backwards so rear larger speaker is in ear, they will still hear you talk. youll go even more deaf though it will be LOUD.
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speaker phone and hold the phone backwards so rear larger speaker is in ear, they will still hear you talk. youll go even more deaf though it will be LOUD.
You're right. It is louder if I hold the speaker on the back side to my ear. Just a little bit louder but every little bit helps. You, obviously, have excellent hearing :-).
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Well I protect it when I can, could go extreme, build a case for the back to hold a bigger speaker off the battery cover, take apart one of those bullet speakers they sell for phones n tablets, plugged into ear phone jack, will be a nice slim but large 2-3in speaker to rest your ear on.

Anyone within 50ft will know what the other person is saying, [lay off the phone sex in public ]
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Well I protect it when I can, could go extreme, build a case for the back to hold a bigger speaker off the battery cover, take apart one of those bullet speakers they sell for phones n tablets, plugged into ear phone jack, will be a nice slim but large 2-3in speaker to rest your ear on.

Anyone within 50ft will know what the other person is saying, [lay off the phone sex in public ]
Now that's an interesting idea. I had never heard of "bullet speakers" and just googled them. I have a son who is a physicist/engineer who might just be able to help me with that. He's coming to visit over the holidays.

I really only need to make a phone call or two a month, perhaps in a noisy area. Carrying something small to increase volume would make it possible.

You have given me some very helpful ideas.
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... I would use earbuds if I didn't already have hearing aids stuck in my ears :-). Without the hearing aids I am essentially deaf. I've tried headphones that cover the ear but they either cause terrible feedback to my hearing aids or don't help at all. ...
There are phone accessories intended just for the hearing impaired applications. They connect the phone's audio to your hearing aids without the feedback problem. Here's one website that offers such products:

SoundBytes: Products for Deaf & Hard of Hearing

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There are phone accessories intended just for the hearing impaired applications. They connect the phone's audio to your hearing aids without the feedback problem. Here's one website that offers such products:

SoundBytes: Products for Deaf & Hard of Hearing

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Another good suggestion I will look into. Not too much to carry. Thank you very much.
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