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Best Phone For The Hard Of Hearing

Phones for hard of hearing can help ease communication for both the hearing impaired and the elderly.

In this guide, we advise on the best phone for hard of hearing people and highlight a number of essential models that we supply.

Improve Communication With Amplified Phones

The hearing aid industry is not only focused on the production of hearing aids, but also on supplying the hearing impaired with a large variety of amplified telephones.

Many of the customers we talk to on a daily basis are unaware that phones specifically designed to suit the needs of the hearing impaired actually do exist! At Hearing Direct, you will find a vast selection of mobiles, corded, and cordless phones designed with hearing loss in mind.

We ship to the US, UK, Australia, as well as many countries in Europe.

Which Is The Best Phone For The Hard Of Hearing?

The answer is rarely straightforward because at Hearing Direct we are able to offer you so many high-quality models.

Click here to browse our entire collection of hearing impaired phones.

Hard of hearing phones cater for varying levels of losses. A more severe impairment may require a phone that produces greater dB volumes to effectively communicate. Whether or not you wear hearing aids, conversations with loved ones on the phone should be easily accessible for all.

4 Top Tips To Find The Best Phone For The Hard Of Hearing

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. Our top tips on phones for hard of hearing people will offer extra insight so you can find the right make and model to match your needs.

1. Choose a dedicated phone – You will need to identify the required amplification needed to maximize the benefit of the phone. Standard telephones are not created with extra-loud functions so may be a challenge for many types of hearing loss. It will be essential to choose a model that asserts voice and ringer volume at a high enough level for you to hear clearly.  Additionally, many of 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 in two main options: corded or cordless. 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, ringtones 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 simple models. 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

Top Phones For Hard Of Hearing

In order to make things easier, you can also explore the phone feature comparison page on our website. Here you can sort the devices we offer based on their characteristics, price, and amplification of the incoming voice.

best phone for the hard of hearing - Doro Magna 4000 Extra Loud Phone Doro Magna 4000 Extra Loud Phone

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!

We dispense a great selection of corded desk phones, cordless phones for the home, as well as easy-to-use extra loud mobile and cell phones.

phones for hard of hearing Geemarc AmpliDect 295 Combi Photo Amplified Cordless & Corded Telephone

If you prefer combo or cordless phones, you may be interested in models such as the Geemarc AmpliDect 295 Combi Photo 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 big buttons
  • Outdoor range of 300 metres
  • Indoor range of 50 metres
  • Speakerphone
phones for hard of hearing Amplicomms BigTel 1200 Cordless Telephone

A prime example of an amplified cordless phone comes in the form of the Amplicomms BigTel 1200. This model is significantly louder than generic telephones with ringer volume up to 80dB and a receiver volume of 30 dB. This phone is also hearing aid compatible and features a number of visual alerts to help ensure you don't miss a call.

Depending on your country, a different selection of phones for hard of hearing may be available. We recommend selecting the relevant store based on the location the item will be shipped to.

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Check Your Hearing For Free

At Hearing Direct, we have created our very own online hearing test so you can test your hearing for free and in the comfort of your own home.

best phone for hard of hearing

All you will need is a few spare 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.

About Hearing Direct

We are one of the world's leading digital hearing aids specialists.

At hearingdirect.com, you will find an essential set of items designed to improve both life quality and hearing. You will be able to browse and order the following:

  • Affordable hearing aids in varying makes and models
  • Hearing aid batteries in all the key sizes
  • Accessories to complement and amend branded devices
  • Loud alarm clocks to wake the deepest of sleepers

If you have any questions, please do get in touch and our expert team will do their best to help you.

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