Phones for the hard of hearing can help ease communication for both the hearing impaired and the elderly. We stock many extra-loud phones, from amplified telephones to super loud smartphones.
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 amplified phones. 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 hearing actually do exist!
Which is the best phone for the hard of hearing?
The answer is rarely straightforward because at HearingDirect we are able to offer you such a vast and quality choice of amplified phones. Our range of devices offer a solution for everyone and in order to make the best possible choice, you may find the following suggestions and advice helpful:
1. Choose a dedicated phone – Telephones that are not designed with the hard of hearing in mind will not provide the type of amplification you require and you will soon face the same challenges you did with your previous phone. Hard of hearing phones stand out from the crowd because the incoming ringer level is highly amplified and both it and the level of the caller’s voice volume are adjustable. Additionally, these phones are compatible with hearing aids using the ’T’ setting.
2. Consider whether you need a desk or a cordless phone – Phones for the hearing impaired are available as corded desk phones and cordless phones. Often manufacturers will offer a combo pack to take advantage of the separate benefits of both. The main difference is that desk phones, due to their size, often include other sensory cues that are useful for the hard of hearing and the visually impaired such as flashing lights to indicate an incoming call, large buttons, a larger visual display and a backlit keypad. Some cordless amplified phones may share these features, however, due to the physical limitations of the device, these features are more subtle.
Benefits of desk phones:
- Do not require battery power to operate
- Often include other sensory cues in a prominent manner
- Models that are wall mounted are less likely to get misplaced
- More desk phones include a built-in answering machine than cordless phones
- Greater maximum volume output
Benefits of cordless phones:
- Can be taken from room to room and even to the garden
- Some models can be extended with extra handsets
- Ideal for answering calls without having to move quickly to the phone location
3. Plan your budget in advance – As with most new phones, prices will vary from one model to the next and from one manufacturer to the other. The easiest way to find the best hearing impaired phone for your budget is to consider the necessary features you require to help manage your hearing loss. Phones will vary in prices based on:
- Type of phone (cordless vs. desk phone)
- Maximum amplification level
- Built-in answering phone
- Advanced features such as outgoing speech amplification, headset and shaker outputs, ring tones and so on
4. Level of user experience required – Depending on the age and background of the user, it is common for the hard of hearing to look for a simple phone to use. For this reason, extra-loud, amplified phones are often bought for the elderly because they are simpler to use. Therefore, when deciding on the best phone, the level of the device’s complexity and the intended user must be taken into account.
When considering all of these recommendations and shaping your basic requirements, you may also consider the following list of most important features and characteristics that a phone designed for the hard of hearing should have:
- Telecoil compatibility
- Visual ring indicator
- Increased ringer volume
- Handsfree speaker option
- Vocalised keypad
- Backlit keypad
- Large display and buttons to dial
- Caller ID
- Built-in answer phone
Recommended Amplified Phones
In order to make things easier, you can also explore the phone feature comparison page on our website, where you can sort the devices we are offering, based on their characteristics, price, and amplification of the incoming voice.
The Doro Magna 4000 is one of THE loudest phones in production today, boasting a powerful 60dB voice volume with a 90dB ringer volume; that's about 6 times louder than a standard phone!
If you prefer cordless phones, you may be interested in models such as the Geemarc AmpliDect 280 Amplified Cordless Telephone. Some of its top features include:
- Receiving tone can be increased to up to 10dB
- Volume control can be adjusted to +30dB
- A backlit display with large characters
- Backlit keypad with easy to use large buttons
- Outdoor range of 300 metres
- Indoor range of 50 metres
- Speaker phone
Alternative: Amplicomms BigTel 200, a fantastic amplified cordless phone at outstanding value for money, it offers high quality, extra loud, distortion free volume with hands-free speakerphone and useful easy to use features.
At HearingDirect, we have created our very own online hearing check so you can test your hearing for free and in the comfort of your own home.
All you will need is a few free minutes and some ear or headphones. Once the test is complete, you will get your results instantly via email and based on the outcome of the hearing test, you may be encouraged to take further action.
If you have any questions relating to hearing loss, please do contact us and our expert team will do their best to help you.