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11 hours ago · Phone Notifications, missing new messages in Hearing Loss

@judyca7 I do not know what a store may do to help set up a watch. The watch will need to be paired with the phone and an app will most likely need to be downloaded to the smartphone. The watch needs to be in range of the phone in order to work with the phone. It will still function as a regular watch and have other functionality, if not. The watch I had, let me read the text, email, or notification on the watch, but because the watch screen is so small, I pulled out the phone to respond to any messages. As @colleenyoung mentioned, a fitness tracker product should be considered. My watch was marketed as a smartwatch but added fitness tracking later, via the app.
Tony in Michigan

12 hours ago · Phone Notifications, missing new messages in Hearing Loss

@billgebhardt What watch did you end up getting? I bought mine many years ago. It was called the Pebble, one of those crowd funded projects. At the time, I found a refurbished one and paid about $30 for it. The product is no longer available. Fit Bit bought them out and dropped all support of the product. Mine still works but there will never be any updates to the app. I may buy a new product eventually. That's why I'm curious what you bought.
Tony in Michigan

1 day ago · Phone Notifications, missing new messages in Hearing Loss

@billgebhardt, I have the same problem with my smartphone, an iPhone 6S plus. When I need to make sure I want to know when a call or message comes in, I use a smart watch. It is paired with my phone and it puts the vibration on my wrist.
Tony in Michigan

6 days ago · Losing hearing because of brain tumor in Brain Tumor

@bigmqama, a thought just occurred to me. Maybe your doctor was referring to the Ditto? It's a small vibrating device that comes with a wrist strap but could be placed around the neck somehow, I suppose. The Ditto requires a smartphone to set the alarms though.
Tony in Michigan

6 days ago · Losing hearing because of brain tumor in Brain Tumor

@bigmqama, I don't know of a vibrating device that you wear around your neck but if you have a smartphone, you can set your phone to vibrate and set an alarm. You should do several tests to make sure it works as expected.
Tony in Michigan

Sat, May 16 2:29pm · speech-to-text app in Hearing Loss

@livingat45north, I just watched the video. At the beginning of the video, they show "Captioning is autogenerated by Streamer". So, it appears that Streamer can predict what will be said since the captions appear before the dialect. Am I missing something by their claim that "Captioning is autogenerated"?
Tony in Michigan

Fri, May 15 9:09pm · speech-to-text app in Hearing Loss

@lindleys and @joyces, not separating the speaker is a drawback to using speech to text. CART (real person doing the transcriptions) will not have that problem. When I have a remote meeting, usually by using Zoom, I delegate who speaks so I will say their name before the person speaks. The name shows up in the transcript. Also, before someone speaks, we remind them to say their name first. It's a duplication of the persons name, but it prevents the problem you describe. Some meeting platforms know who is speaking and will automatically insert that into the transcript.
Tony in Michigan

Fri, May 15 9:46am · Hearing Loss: Come introduce yourself and connect with others in Hearing Loss

@lindleys, You mentioned that you are going to go forward with hyperbaric oxygen treatments. These treatments mean that you are in a chamber and the air pressure increased. The drawback is that the pressure WILL affect the eardrum. You may experience pain. You may want to suggest that they start with a lower pressure. If the pain in your ears persists, your ENT can insert a drain tube, similar to what they do for people with blocked estachian tubes. Will it be worth it? I don't know. I wish there was more data on the effectiveness of hyperbaric oxygen for people with hearing loss. My hearing loss is genetic so hyperbaric oxygen will not help me.
Tony in Michigan