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Geemarc CL100 Amplified Phone Review

Geemarc amplified phones make communication easier for those with hearing loss and provide an expansive range of amplified telephones and mobile phones.

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.

Geemarc CL100 Amplified Phone Geemarc CL100 Amplified Phone

Overall, the phone is very clearly laid out with large buttons, traditional handset and the controls are simple sliders or one touch buttons.  The only possible criticism is that through its simplicity it may look a bit old-fashioned.  It is extremely easy to set up and benefits from not requiring an electrical input so no unsightly wires or a need for a plug close to where you want to place your phone.  In addition, the CL100 can be wall mounted so it really is very flexible and can be placed pretty much wherever it is needed.

CL100 features include:

Three emergency buttons.  These are located at the top of the phone and are signed as P1, P2 and P3 but to aid recognition they are also different colours, red, blue and green respectively.  These one-touch emergency buttons can be pre-programmed for instant calls.

In addition to the three emergency buttons, there are a further nine pre-programmable memory buttons running down the right-hand side of the keypad.  They are marked M1 to M9 but rather than having to remember which number has been programmed into which memory button there is a slide out tray adjacent to the buttons upon which the names of the pre-programmed buttons can be written.  Once the numbers are programmed in the phones memory retains them even if the phone is disconnected so no more having to continuously re-programme numbers.

At the bottom of the keypad on the leading edge of the phone is a very bright LED which flashes when there is an incoming call.  Most amplified phones have this feature and it certainly assists in alerting the hard of hearing to an incoming call.

The phone can be set up as either normal amplification or additional amplification as its default.  At the top right-hand corner of the phone is the amplify button which can be pressed to switch to amplified mode.

Simple sliders change the settings of the phone controls which include an outgoing voice amplifier, a ring tone amplifier, a tone control for high / low-frequency emphasis and a receiver amplifier providing up to an additional 30dB of amplification.

The Geemarc CL100 is a phone that can be used by those without hearing impairment and has all the standard functionality one would expect, such as last number recall, mute settings and so on.

Finally, the phone is telecoil compatible so hearing aid wearers whose aid has a T-coil setting can switch to the T mode by placing the handset close to the aid, can listen to the phone call through their hearing aid.

It has tough competition from the PhotoPhone 100 but with a loyal following of users, it is easy to see why this has become Europe’s best seller.

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