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This entry was posted on 11th January 2012 by stuart.
Mobile technology is rapidly evolving. Besides a variety of hearing aids, the market offers numerous assistive products for people with hearing problems. Historically, when talking about hard of hearing phones, many referred to and had in mind phones for the home. However, amplified mobile technology is more widely available than ever before.
A number of companies such as Geemarc, Doro and Amplicomms now take into account the needs of people requiring hearing assistance and provide a range of mobile phones specifically suited to the special needs of the hard of hearing. Contrary to many people’s apprehensions, hard of hearing phones look modern and can include extras such as a coloured screen, camera, Internet and many other features found on regular mobile phones and smartphones.
When it comes to choosing a phone for an elderly person, however, it is necessary to pay attention to several important features. Growing older brings several different challenges not only for those with hearing loss but also with deteriorated vision and diminished dexterity. Therefore, choosing the right model for the individual needs to take into account the degree of difficulty that these areas present to that individual, some features to look for when choosing the right mobile phone
Always make sure that the mobile phone you choose has a suitable return period – you should be able to use the phone for a period of time to ensure its suitability.
Hearing Direct’s catalogue offers a variety of options that include the above mentioned essential features. One of our clients’ favourite phones with very favourable feedback is the Amplicomms PowerTel M7000i Clamshell Loud Mobile Phone. Its main characteristics are:
Another important factor to consider for hard of hearing mobile phones is the volume increase capabilities. For mild to moderate hearing loss you can choose a model with up to +24dB amplification of the receiving volume such as the Amplicomms M6750 Amplified Clamshell Mobile Phone, which is in the very price competitive range. This handy clamshell mobile phone is very easy to use, as its main function is to conduct phone calls and send/receive text messages. It is compatible with hearing aids, which have a Telecoil setting and some of its most valuable features include:
For more severe hearing loss you can choose a phone with a +35dB receiving volume amplification such as the Geemarc CL8500, whose characteristics are quite impressive:
Original article date 11/1/2012, updated 16/4/2014
This entry was posted in Hearing Information on 11th January 2012 by stuart.
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