Category Archives: Product Review

Hearing Aid Battery Manufacturers

Once you immerse yourself in the world of hearing aids, you will find yourself shopping on a regular basis for the batteries to power them. The good news is that there is a large selection of reputable brands to choose from, including Duracell, Engergizer, Rayovac and Siemens. Whether budget, reliability [...]

Best Alarm Clocks For Deaf People

Finding the right alarm clock to help you wake up after a good night’s sleep may have seemed elusive in the past, but not any more. There is a whole array of different products out there to help you surface in the morning. We want you to feel confident about going to sleep at night, knowing you [...]

Loudspeaker Phones For The Hard Of Hearing

Are you like many others, who’ve tried to cope with your existing non-amplified phone for as long as possible? Have you ridden the rocky road of gradual hearing loss, where you’ve had to utilise the speakerphone option on its loudest setting, simply to communicate effectively? This method works to a [...]

Geemarc CLA3 Hearing Aid Compatible Headphone Review

When it comes to living with hearing loss, it is the smallest of things that can sometimes make life just that little bit easier. To find headphones that are hearing aid compatible is just one of those accessories that can transform the way you link up to the hearing world. Music, films and your favourite [...]

Flashing Doorbell for Hearing Impaired Reviewed

One of the great advances of the modern age is that the level of technology used to ease people’s lives is constantly getting improving at an impressively rapid pace. The hearing healthcare industry is a great example of the positive effects of this tendency and the variety of devices and equipment [...]

Best Phones With Big Keys Compared

Big-buttoned phones are an essential addition to a household where visual impairment is an issue. It can make all the difference, not having to struggle with identifying the numbers on a fiddly keypad with no definition. Instead, they offer large keys, clearly marked and often supported by backlighting [...]

Four Of The Best TV Hearing Aids Currently Available

TV too quiet for you yet too loud for others? TV hearing aids solve precisely that problem. TV hearing aids are a super idea that effectively allows one (or more) people to watch the television simultaneously at a personalised level of sound including volume, balance and tone. The television [...]

Best Mobile Phones With Large Buttons

With years of innovation, mobile phones have decreased in size and become more complicated.  For some, the buttons are too small to type, the speakers are too soft to hear and the display is too small to read. That has all changed now thanks to a few specific phones. Amplicom PowerTel M6500 [...]

Popular Speakerphones For Hard Of Hearing

The market offers various assistive options for the hard of hearing. Some of the most popular devices are the extra loud phones with a speakerphone option together with extensive sound amplification features. Unlike traditional phones that sound muted or distorted to the hard of hearing when placed [...]

Vibrating Alarm Clocks Compared

Vibrating alarm clocks are used by the deaf, hard of hearing and hard to wake when amplified sound alarm clocks do not suffice or the user wants an additional sensory trigger. When comparing options, we look closely at features such as battery vs. mains powered, backlit display, amplification levels [...]

Geemarc Amplidect 280 Cordless Phone Review

Video Transcript For The Hard Of Hearing: This is a review by Hearing Direct of the Geemarc Amplidect 280 cordless telephone, probably one of the most popular cordless telephones that we sell here at Hearing Direct.  It's currently very good value for money.  It has good levels [...]

Telephone Ringer Amplifiers Compared

Video Transcript For The Hard Of Hearing: At Hearing Direct we get a very common question with regards to phones for those with hearing loss, and the options that are available to people in terms of what they can do to hear better on the telephone or hear the telephone ring better. [...]

Geemarc CL8350 Mobile Phone Review

  Video Transcript For The Hard Of Hearing: So this is a review by Hearing Direct of the Geemarc CL8350 amplified mobile phone.  As with all amplified phones here at Hearing Direct, all mobile phones rather, they are all unlocked, so you can use any SIM card from any network provider [...]

Amplicomms PowerTel 30 Review

Video Transcript For The Hard Of Hearing: This is a review by Hearing Direct of the Amplicomms PowerTel 30 desk telephone.  One of our most popular phones by quite some distance.  The reason it's quite so popular is it's one of the few amplified phones which offers good levels [...]

Amplicomms BigTel 202 Review

Video Transcript For The Hard Of Hearing: This is a Hearing Direct review of the Amplicomms BigTel 202 twin set phones.  As you can clearly see, these are sold as a preboxed combined twin set or pair of telephones.  You can see that we have two base units here and the [...]

Amplicomms PowerTel 60 Review

Video Transcript For The Hard Of Hearing: This is a review by Hearing Direct of the Amplicomms PowerTel 60 desk telephone. Put in its most simplest sense, this is the loudest phone in production today.  So if you want the absolute loudest phone money can buy then the PowerTel 60 is [...]

Amplicomms Powertel M6000 Review

Video Transcript For The Hard Of Hearing: This is reviewed by Hearing Direct of the Amplicomms Powertel M6000.  This is probably one of our most popular amplified mobile phones.  As of all the amplified mobile phones here at Hearing Direct this phone can be used on any [...]

Doro Syntiro 915c Review

Video Transcript For The Hard Of Hearing: This is a video review of the Doro 915c Syntiro model as it says up here.  This is a corded desk phone from Doro.  One of the great things about this phone amongst many of the features that it has it that unlike perhaps some amplified [...]

Doro Comfort 3005 Review

Video Transcript For The Hard Of Hearing: So this is a video review of the Doro Comfort 3005.  There are two phones in this series, the Comfort 3000 series.  You can read more on the Doro Comfort 3000 by clicking on the link below.  We’ve done a review of that one already [...]

Doro Mobile Phones Models and Comparison

Video Transcript For The Hard Of Hearing: As you can see here, we’ve got collection mobile phones from Doro here that we sell here in Hearing Direct.  I thought it might be helpful and useful to go through them not completely all of them individually but how one might go about [...]

Doro PhoneEasy 622 Review

Video Transcript For The Hard Of Hearing: This is new video review of the new Doro 622 clamshell mobile phone.  One of the very first things to say about this model is clearly the obvious physical design is this clamshell set-up.  Has one of the great advantages of actually [...]

Doro Comfort 1015 Review

Video Transcript For The Hard Of Hearing: This is a video review of the Doro Comfort 1015 cordless telephone.  This is phone is ideal if you are looking for an upgrade or an improvement or replacements of an existing cordless unit in any home where the upgrade is required for a [...]

Doro PhoneEasy 520 Review

  Video Transcript For The Hard Of Hearing: This is a video review of the Doro PhoneEasy 520 mobile phone.  This mobile phone is a great new addition to the Doro range.  We’re big fans of this.  The perfect phone really—perfect mobile phone for [...]

Doro Comfort 3000 Review

Video Transcript For The Hard Of Hearing: This is a video review of the Doro Comfort 3000.  As you can see here, this is a desk phone.  It’s an amplified desk phone for use in the home or the office.  One of the things that stands out for us straight away here Hearing [...]

Doro PhoneEasy 621 Review

  Video Transcript For The Hard Of Hearing: This is a video review called the Doro PhoneEasy 621 clamshell style mobile phone.  This is a great new phone from Doro, a very popular model.  Some of the main features can be seen in the actual physical shape and design [...]

Doro Syntiro 912c Review

Video Transcript For The Hard Of Hearing: This is a review of the Doro 912c Syntiro amplified desk phone.  This phone has up to 30 decibels of amplification which is around five to eight times louder than a standard desk phone for home, so good levels of volume, but also packaged [...]

Doro PhoneEasy 740 SmartPhone Review

Video Transcript For The Hard Of Hearing: This is the new Doro PhoneEasy 740 Smartphone and this is a video review of the Smartphone from Hearing Direct and we’re going to talk a little about the features and some of the new things that appear in this model of phone that we are quite [...]

Amplified Cordless Phones Review

  Video Transcript For The Hard Of Hearing: One of the most frequently asked questions we get here at HearingDirect is with regards to cordless telephones, particularly with regard to which ones to choose, why one is more beneficial than another and also how many handsets [...]

Popular Big Button Phones

  Video Transcript For The Hard Of Hearing: One of the very popular search for items in HearingDirect.com is the big button phones.  And I thought it might be helpful to display a range of the big button phones, different types of big button phones that we have here [...]

Amplicomms M7000 Mobile Phone Review

  Video Transcript For The Hard Of Hearing: A very popular question here at HearingDirect is trying to understand which mobile phone might be right for you or for someone that you know.  So this is going to be a review of one of our favorites here at HearingDirect [...]

Amplified Corded Desk Phones Review

Video Transcript For The Hard Of Hearing: One of the frequently asked questions we get here at Hearing Direct is with regards to our range of corded phones or amplified or big button or loud or phones with extra volume but effectively the phones that are very traditional desk phones [...]

Amplicomms BigTel 200 Cordless Phone Review

Video Transcript For The Hard Of Hearing: One of the questions we get very often here at HearingDirect is trying to understand which are the cordless phones we sell are most appropriate, both in terms of what would suit the person using them, how many handsets can you buy, that type [...]

Types Of TV Hearing Aids

Video Transcript For The Hard Of Hearing: At HearingDirect.com one of the most frequently asked questions we get is with regards to TV listeners, in particular how to connect one to the television, why you should choose one particular type of headset over another, and I thought [...]

Geemarc AmpliPower 50 Hands On Review

Video Transcript For The Hard Of Hearing: One of the most popular questions we get at HearingDirect.com quite a lot is: Which is the loudest phone that we make or rather that we supply?  And this certainly would count as one of them.  We have two, matter of fact, but this one [...]

Types Of Telephones For The Elderly

Video Transcript For The Hard Of Hearing: One of the terms most often entered into Google when we’re looking for phones as the type that you see here are, phones for the elderly.  Of course, that can often mean that people are looking for a variety of different features and [...]

TV Listeners For Digital Televisions

For those whose hearing disorder requires the use of a hearing aid, watching television can be a burden. Many hearing impaired people say they struggle to understand speech on the small screen, even after purchasing modern hearing aids. Part of the reason is that hard of hearing individuals typically [...]

Hard Of Hearing Smartphone Options

Mobile technologies change our behaviour fundamentally. Numerous smartphone options that offer more functionalities than mere access to the Internet are transforming more the way we socialise. Certainly the smartphone surpasses the function of a communication device. People virtually carry their lives [...]

Latest Simple Phones For Older People

One of the most important characteristics of any nation is its demographic profile. It actively affects many aspects of the public life, as well as influences the different branches of the country’s manufacturing. At present, people in the age group above 65 in the UK number more than 10 million [...]

Cotton Swabs Alternatives

Using cotton swabs is probably the most popular way to clean your ears and remove excessive amounts of earwax. It is a cheap and time saving method, which is therefore preferred by the majority of people. However, it is important to be aware that cotton swabs can cause specific problems with ears and [...]

Amplicomms PowerTel Range Review

When it comes to the design and production of telephones and mobile phones suited to the specific needs of the hearing and sight impaired, Amplicomms is, without a doubt, one of the most reputable manufacturers on the market. The company started its work more than 20 years ago and has been constantly [...]

Hearing Aids For Music Listening

Hearing loss is a problem affecting millions of people in different age groups and occupations. Modern technology seeks various ways to alleviate the frustration of those suffering from the condition and offer them options for coping with challenging situations or simply help them improve their lifestyle [...]

Best Phones For Seniors

The United Kingdom population is constantly aging; in 2010, one in every six people was above 65 years old, which is equivalent to around 10 million people in total. This process is not  slowing down in fact current forecasts project a  speeding up with expectations  that in 2050 the [...]

Phonak Hearing Aids Cleaning and Care Tips

Phonak is one of the leading manufacturers of hearing aids, most of whose products can be found at HearingDirect.com. Our customers can choose from a wide range of devices – Phonak Audeo Smart, Audeo Mini, Audeo Yes, Virto, Bolero, Solana, Ambra, Naida, etc. These devices come in different shapes [...]

ReSound Verso Hearing Aids Review

ReSound have long been a leading manufacturer of the hearing aids. After the successful Alera platform, this new generation of wireless devices improved the Alera legacy and offered new, competitive features and options. The Verso line includes many modern features whose aim is to provide the users [...]

Starkey X Series Hearing Aids Review

One of the high quality brands featured by Hearing Direct is Starkey. The company has been developing hearing aids since 1967 and up until now has earned a well-deserved reputation as a pioneer in the introduction of progressive technological innovations in the production of hearing aids. Starkey hearing [...]

Large Button Phones Types and Considerations

Amplified and big button phones have developed greatly in recent years and they now offer some superb help for those that find traditional phones difficult to see well enough or hear through. They come in similar styles to their traditional counterparts i.e. corded desk phones and cordless ‘walkabout [...]

Extra Loud Doorbell Options

Hearing Direct offers a wide range of sound amplification devices that help in making the life of the hearing impaired as easy as possible. One such product range available in our catalogue are extra loud doorbells. The Geemarc AmpliCALL20 Doorbell and Telephone Ring Indicator will help you [...]

Answer Phones For The Hard of Hearing

The market for products for the hard of hearing is constantly growing and developing. It is no longer predominantly concentrated on the production of different types of hearing aids, but is trying to meet the growing demand for additional products that offer further benefits and provide help for the [...]

Rayovac Mercury Free Hearing Aid Batteries Review

In order to function, hearing aids require a specific type of battery. They are one of the most important components of the device and are closely connected to its performance and the quality of the received sound. To choose the right kind of battery for your hearing aid, it is necessary [...]

World’s Loudest Alarm Clock

Most people consider getting up early in the morning a difficult task. It is not uncommon to fail to hear the alarm clock after an exhausting day and just a few hours of sleep. However, there are people such as heavy sleepers or those with hearing disabilities that need special extra loud devices to [...]

3 Easy To Use Mobile Phones Compared

Using a mobile phone is a normal everyday activity for most people and one of the most popular ways to communicate today. Fortunately, those with hearing difficulties can also benefit from its existence and use. The only difference is that the hard of hearing usually require additional help provided [...]

What Is a Hearing Loop System?

Hearing loop systems are another way of helping the hard of hearing be part of the surrounding environment without feeling isolated or dependent on others to assist them in understanding speech in different situations. Their basic function is to create a magnetic field via an amplifier and a loop cable [...]

Flashing Phones For The Deaf and Hard Of Hearing

Deaf or severely hearing impaired people have historically found communication difficult using traditional technology.  More recently, s a variety of hearing aids and assistive devices have been developed that focus on providing hard of hearing and deaf people with opportunities to benefit from telephones [...]

Easy to Use Mobile Phone

Mobile phones have become an indispensable part of our everyday lives. To have a mobile phone is not unusual and is not constrained  by gender or age. On the contrary, there is a wide variety of mobile phone models to answer every need and personal taste. Some people, especially the elderly, may feel [...]

The Loudest Alarm Clock

Alarm clocks are a popular way for waking up. They produce a loud abrupt sound that sends an “alarming” message to the brain, increase the adrenaline level and make us immediately alert. Although many people use their phones to wake up, those who are hard of hearing or are heavy sleepers often do not [...]

Alarm Clocks For Heavy Sleepers

Sleep is essential for the body and mind to rest. Some people’s brains, however, work differently and are very sensitive to noises while others cannot wake up easily. Being a heavy sleeper, while beneficial during the night when a dripping tap or the ticking clock do not disturb, it can be a real problem [...]

Hidden Hearing Aids Types

Hearing aids come in different sizes, colours and styles. Some hearing aids are bigger, others more discreet and some virtually invisible. The most widespread types of hearing aids are behind the ear and in the ear hearing aids. Although very small, these hearing aids are still visible from a certain [...]

Telephones With Loud Ringers

Hard of hearing phones come in a wide variety of models. They have different features and varying sound amplifying levels. The best hard of hearing phone will be the one that best suits your particular hearing loss and its severity. The basic functions you should look for, however, include hearing [...]

Valentines Day Gift For The Hard Of Hearing

On February 14th numerous people around the globe and in the UK will celebrate Saint Valentine's Day, commonly known as Valentine's Day. For the vast majority of people, the day is mostly associated with buying and receiving a gift from a loved one or a close friend.  If you are searching for a gift [...]

Hearing Aids For The Elderly

Age-related hearing loss is one of the most common types of hearing loss in the UK and in the western world. The diminishing of hearing abilities can start early in life (between the age of 30 and 40) and is usually a slow and constant process that might take a while to register by the individual. Suffering [...]

Hearing Impairment Aids

With any sensory impairment there is usually more than one type of solution.  This is driven by two factors.  Firstly there is usually a wide range in the degree of impairment from very slight that barely affects one’s day-to-day life up to a very severe case that radically impacts upon most daily functions [...]

Best Phone For The Hard Of Hearing

The hearing aid industry is not focused on the production of hearing aids alone but also supplies the hearing impaired with a large variety of assistive listening devices. Many of the customers we talk to on a daily basis are unaware that phones specifically designed to suit the needs of the hard of [...]

Telephones Compatible with Hearing Aids

Many telephones in the amplified telephone market claim to be hearing aid compatible but what does this really mean? In order to answer this we need to understand what amplified telephones are designed to do and how they can be of service to those who struggle to hear people on the phone. An amplified [...]

Amplicomms TV150 Wireless TV Listener Review

Video Transcript This is the Amplicomms TV Listener, called the TV150.  It’s a Wireless Hi-Fi Stereo Headset that can be used for the TV, or for hi-fi systems.  As you can see, it’s a very compact unit, arranged so that you can actually wear this around the neck, with headphones that then fits [...]

TV Ears Wireless TV Listener Review

Video Transcript This is the TV Ears, a listening set for the television.  If you find yourself in a situation where your partner listens to the television in a much, much louder volume than you do, you may want to buy a set of TV Ears for Christmas.  Or alternatively if you are in a situation [...]

Amplicom PowerTel 700 Compared To PowerTel 500

If you are after an amplified phone to better manage your hearing loss, you will surely come across the name Amplicom. The company makes a wide range of hard of hearing devices, from phones to alarm clocks and has recently introduced to market its newest models, the PowerTel 700 and 701. Their previous [...]

Best Hard Of Hearing Mobile Phone

Last updated 14/4/2014 We often hear customers asking for the ‘best mobile phone for the hard of hearing’. With manufacturers bringing out new models every couple of months (even weeks sometimes) what is best today, is not necessarily “best” tomorrow.  Instead we [...]

Hard Of Hearing Corded Phones Christmas Present Idea

Video Transcript If you’re looking for an idea as to what to buy for someone’s Christmas present this year, you may want to consider quiet an unusual present perhaps, but an amplified phone.  We have many people phoning us asking whether devices like this exist and “yes” is certainly the answer [...]

Hard Of Hearing Cordless Phones Christmas Present Idea

Video Transcript If you’re looking for idea as a Christmas presents this year, why not consider getting a relative an amplified cordless phone?  In our experience many people are unaware that these types of devices exist.  And they may phone us asking whether there is possibly something where it [...]

Mobile Phones For The Hard Of Hearing Christmas Present Idea

Video Transcript If you’re looking for ideas for presents for this Christmas, why not consider giving someone an amplified mobile phone?  In our experience, many people are actually unaware that these kinds of devices exist.  Basically what they are, are easy to use mobile phones in a true sense [...]

Hard Of Hearing Alarm Clocks Christmas Present Idea

During the next several weeks, in the run-up to Christmas, we will offer you a number of gift ideas for those recipients who are hard of hearing. The first range and one of the most popular Christmas present gift ideas are extra loud alarm clocks. Video Transcript: This is a range of amplified [...]

Hard Of Hearing Aids For The Home

Today, over 10 million hearing impaired people live in the UK. Many of the home devices and technology that we take for granted, while our hearing abilities are intact, are either difficult or in some cases impossible to use in their standard form by this large group. If you or someone you know is hard [...]

Hearing Aid Compatible Mobile Phones Part Two

When a phone is stated to be hearing aid compatible, it means that the output from the phone can be heard directly through the hearing aid and not from the handset of the phone. How is this achieved? This is achieved in a similar fashion as Bluetooth connectivity between earpieces and phones albeit [...]

Hearing Aid Compatible Mobile Phones Part One

Many people come to us for advice on mobile phones that would suit someone with hearing loss. They typically have a mobile phone but can’t seem to get on with it as conversation is almost impossible due to volume levels. There are several aspects to consider when choosing an amplified mobile phone but [...]

Recent Trends In Mobile Phones For Hard Of Hearing

Hearing loss is often permanent and can be managed rather than cured using appropriate aids. One of the most sought-after aids are the mobile phones for the hard of hearing, a group of handsets specifically designed with the hard of hearing in mind. These devices used to include only the most basic [...]

I Need The Loudest Phone You Have!

If you’d like to ask us this question this blog is for you… We currently stock two options that offer exactly the same level of amplification for sound on incoming calls. Geemarc’s Amplipower 50 and Amplicom’s PowerTel 60 both state an amplification level of up to 60dB (decibels). In case the decibel [...]

A Comparison Between The Geemarc CL100 And Geemarc PhotoPhone 100

The market for phones designed with the elderly or hearing impaired as a target customer base increases daily as more and more of us find that a standard phone no longer has the clarity or amplification that we require.  This is further compounded by “standard” phones becoming increasingly complex with [...]

Geemarc CL100 Amplified Phone Review

Geemarc the manufacturer of the Clearsound CL100 phone claim that it is Europe’s most popular big button, amplified phone and with a comprehensive list of features designed for ease of use, one can quickly see why. Overall, the phone is very clearly laid out with large buttons, traditional handset [...]

Geemarc CL8400 A Clam Shut Phone

Today we launch the latest amplified mobile phone from Geemarc – the CL8400. Now I am not one to get too excited about technology but I have to say that I think this is probably my most favourite phones in our range. It features many things one comes to expect from a phone in this category: •    a [...]

Amplicom PowerTel 502 Twinset Review

When we receive orders the majority can be quickly identified as to their type by the total cost.  For example order below or around £20 tends to be for batteries, £20 - £50 is the start of the phone range and the loud alarm clock portfolio, above £50 tends to be the amplified mobile or cordless phones [...]

Doro Mobile Phone Review

At HearingDirect we have recently added the Doro range to our portfolio of amplified mobile phones.  We intend to extend the range further but at the time of writing the products on the site are: Doro HandlePlus 326i GSM Mobile Phone Doro HandlePlus 334 GSM Mobile Phone Doro PhoneEasy 332 GSM Mobile [...]

Geemarc AmpliDECT 350 Review

There is an increasingly comprehensive range of cordless phones designed for use by people with hearing impairment.  Some of these phones have simple additional amplification whereas others have amplification with specific Telecoil compatibility.  The AmpliDECT 350 is manufactured by Geemarc and positioned [...]

Geemarc CL7300 Review

The Geemarc CL7300 wireless TV listening system uses digital transmission to provide amplified sound of either stereo or mono quality through a lightweight headset. Although the system is mainly used for amplifying the sound of a TV set (as you can judge by its name...), it can also be used for amplifying [...]

Geemarc AmpliDect 285 Review

The first thing to say about the Amplidect 285 is that it doesn’t look like a phone specifically designed for the hearing impaired.  Its silver casing and black trim is really quite stylish and could easily be part of any standard phone manufacturers portfolio.  Geemarc have done well to get the right [...]

Amplicom PowerTel 68 Review

The PowerTel68+ has many features packed into its 7*7 inches (17 *17cm).  One can choose to use it as a basic phone, for the making and receiving of calls only, or take advantage of all the features such as the built in answering machine, handsfree speakerphone, and built in memories. Regardless of [...]

Amplicom Ringflash 200 Review

The Ringflash 200 is an alerting device, designed to give the hard of hearing better awareness of when their telephone is ringing or when they have visitors at the door. The device is supplied with one wireless doorbell. A phone is plugged into the back of Ringflash 200, and then the Ringflash 200 [...]

Geemarc CL2 Review

The CL2 is Geemarc’s flagship door bell and telephone alerter for use in residential properties and business premises. It can be used by the hard of hearing or in a noisy business premises where normal devices have failed. The Geemarc CL2 does it all in a well packaged and affordable manner. The wall [...]

Geemarc Sonic Alert SBP100 Review

This easy-to-use alarm clock is ideal for travelling. It comes in a zip-up pouch, and is small enough to keep with you even when travelling ‘hand-luggage’ only. Put it on any bedside table and pop-up the foldable screen to use as a clock. The controls are straight-forward: setting the time and alarm [...]

Geemarc CL8300 Mobile Phone Review

Mobile phones fall into a whole variety of different categories according to manufacturers and retailers alike. For me they fall into two categories; those that are simple and easy to use and those that promise the earth in terms of functionality if only you had the time to read the accompanying 350 [...]

Geemarc PhotoPhone 100 Review

The PhotoPhone 100 is a great value-for-money amplified phone.  It has wide functionality combined with easy to use intuitive controls. While marketed for the hearing impaired, its simplicity means that it can easily be a phone shared by those with hearing loss and those with normal hearing.  The functions [...]