We often hear customers asking for the ‘best hard of hearing mobile phone’. With manufacturers bringing out new models every couple of months (even weeks sometimes) what is best today, is not necessarily ‘best’ tomorrow. Instead we propose to explain what an amplified hard of hearing mobile phone should offer and let you choose the best device for your needs whether you decide to purchase online or from one of the major network providers.
What Is An Amplified Mobile Phone?
These may look like your normal mobile phones, but look under the hood and you will see three key differences. The most apparent are increased voice level of the person on the other side of the line (with the loudest offering an extra 45dB;Geemarc CL8300), increased ringer volume and finally better integration with digital hearing aids through the Telecoil compatibility settings.
Which Mobile Phone Is The Best For Me?
The answer will depend on your level of hearing loss and on your requirements from the device.
- If your hearing loss is diagnosed as mild or even moderate, you might require less than 45dB of extra amplification, in such cases ‘best’ for you might mean a less loud device
- If you are less at ease with the latest modern technological gadgets and require a mobile phone that can simply receive and make calls, again what is best for you is not necessarily ‘best’ for someone else
- If you are sight impaired, a suitable mobile phone for yourself may need to include large buttons and a large screen
- If using the device on the go and in the car, Bluetooth connectivity is essential to save you those three precious points on your license
- If you wish to keep your current contract with the mobile provider, an unlocked device that can fit most SIM cards is the way to go
- If you plan to use the device as a backup, perhaps to be used in a noisy environment, a more basic (and therefore significantly cheaper) device might do
Whichever mobile phone you consider and if you are hard of hearing, take the time to evaluate the points above so ‘best’ is the device that ticks all the right boxes for you. Although recorded for Christmas, you will also find the video below on hard of hearing mobile phones of use as well where we compare the most popular devices: