How to Annoy Normal Hearing People

I push the shopping cart through the aisles in the grocery store, and notice a woman giving me a quizzical glance. Maybe she recognizes me from the Local Government Building, I think to myself, and continue my trek to the cookie aisle, lured by Mrs. Field’s finest semi-sweet chocolate chip cookies. As I giddily reach my destination, several people turn to look at me, with the same quizzical expression on their faces. Aha – now I get it! My cell phone must be playing the Macarena. I check it, and sure enough, Super Hearing Boy is calling his Mama!

I’m truly perplexed by my cell phone. It’s hearing aid compatible, and I use it daily with my T-switch or Bluetooth it with my SmartLink and hearing aids. It is set to the loudest factory-installed ringtone, yet I can’t hear it ring most of the time. This past week, I have been fruitlessly trying to create a suitable ringtone using my piano keyboard, Anvil Studio, and MyxerTones. I’ve read blogs and forum posts devoted to the LG VX8300 promising ringtones without a hitch, and have been able to successfully create several. I’ve converted MIDI files to wav, MIDI to MP3s, and wav to MP3s. Unfortunately, only Super Hearing Boy can hear my creations.

As I previously posted, I don’t wear my hearing aids when I’m not actively listening to someone. As I write this, I see that I missed a call about an hour ago – and my phone was two feet from my ears! Does ANYONE know of a loud ringtone suitable for hard of hearing people? Please don’t suggest that I set it to vibrate and attach it to my waistband – that’s not gonna happen!

Thanks!

Cindy (Deaf person with a cell phone)

6 Comments »

  1. Kim Said:

    I was wondering where you’ve been. I have a Sidekick with flashing lights, Mostly I just do text messaging. I don’t have an answer for you, except to check it often. That’s what I do. I can hear mine ring, but I have the volume turned up so loud (like you) everyone looks at me. So I turn it off. My Sidekick flashes and vibrates too. I know– you mentioned your phone does that. :)

  2. KimS Said:

    I fervently wish I could get one of those bracelets that lights up when the phone rings … alas, they seem compatible only with UK / European cellphones.
    Missed calls are frustrating! I keep my phone on vibrate mode, and it still surprises me how noisy it can be to hearing people. My wife tells me when my phone’s going off — even when it’s in another room.
    Looking at your audiogram, looks like you oughta use a bass-guitar solo or such for your ringtone. Can cellphones play noises that low?
    Best of luck from another Kim[berley]

  3. charcoalsilhouette Said:

    I’ve figured out that I can set my cell to the lowest volume, stuff it in a bag, and put the easylink right up against it-this also works with your ipod/headphones :D I also have a habit of keeping my phone-on vibrate- in my pocket. But mine won’t just vibrate, it also ring. Of course, mine’s always at top volume, and needless to say, I get weird looks, too. Also, my hearing aids are apparently not TC3 compatible with my cell, although they supposedly are. Nor with my home phone. What am I doing wrong. Running for the phone, i actually end up ripping them off to talk, then shoving them back in to hear the phone ring, again!

  4. JACK IN LOUISIANA Said:

    FOR ALL YOU (PARDON THE EXPRESSION) “CELL PHONE FREAKS”, TURN IT OFF WHEN YOU ARE SHOPPING, DRIVEING OR IN A CONVERSATION WITH SOMEONE.

    I HAVE A TEENAGE SON WHOSE FRIENDS LIVE ON THEIR CELL PHONES WITH CALLS OR TEXT MESSAGES CONSTANTLY. ONE OF HIS FRIENDS TOLD HIM THAT HE SENT OVER TEN THOUSAND TEXT MESSAGES LAST MONTH.

    I AM A CHILD OF THE ‘50S. WE STILL HAD PARTY LINES (NOT 900 NUMBERS BUT LINE SHARING WITH NEIGHBORS). PEOPLE HAVE BECOME ADDICTED TO CELL PHONES.

    A PHONE CALL OR TEXT MESSAGE IS PROBABLY NOT AN EMERGENCY UNLESS YOU ARE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, CHECK THEM WHEN YOU ARE ALONE AND NOT INVOLVED IN ANOTHER ACTIVITY. GET OVER IT!!!

    JACK IN LOUISIANA

  5. curious Said:

    Hey- I am new to your site, and I love hearing your side of hearing loss. You said that you don’t wear your hearing aids all of the time, only when actively listening to someone. Why is that?

  6. tom Said:

    If you wear it all the time, it tends to amplify background noise. And depending on a persons individual condition, constant background noise can deteriorate the persons ability to hear


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