Hearing aid compatible phones do exist, and not only are they of great benefit to hearing aid wearers, these extra loud phones are also extremely useful to anyone with any level of hearing loss.
Telephones Compatible with Hearing Aids
Many telephones in the amplified phones 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.
Telephones compatible with hearing aids and amplified phones, be it a corded amplified phone or a cordless version, mobile or smartphone, has two main properties that differentiate it from the standard equivalents.
1. It is able to provide significantly more volume from its ringer and the incoming caller’s voice without compromising on clarity.
2. It can often be described as hearing aid compatible.
These two features are, in fact, distinct from each other.
How Hearing Aid Compatibility Works
Hearing aid compatible phones are not simply ‘hearing aid friendly’ in the sense that they are easier to use with hearing aids than ordinary phones, although this is often the presumption as to the meaning of their ‘compatibility’. It actually refers to something quite different and much more beneficial. The term is referring to the communication capabilities between the phone and the hearing aid. Hearing aid compatible phones have an induction loop in the handset that connects to a hearing aid when it is in its ‘T’ or telecoil setting.
Once connected in this way, which is achieved simply through proximity, the output from the phone is transmitted directly to the hearing aid and then amplified by the settings within the hearing aid. This, therefore, means the phone is not providing the volume/amplification but rather the hearing aid at whatever level has been programmed for the individual and their hearing loss levels. In addition, the phone also has the ability to provide a much greater than normal volume level straight from the handset and as such, many people choose to use these phones without their hearing aids.
The fact that these types of phones offer both of these two separate benefits with the same goal in mind (that of helping people hear better on the phone) makes them particularly good value for money and also distinguishes them from some ‘big button’ phones that purport to help with this issue.
Which Amplified Phones Compatible with Digital Hearing Aids?
Which phones are best for the hearing impaired? We have put together a guide to provide you with the best phones for the hard of hearing that we supply.
Phones for the hard of hearing can help ease communication for both the hearing impaired and the elderly. At HearingDirect.com we are able to offer a vast selection of many super loud phones, from amplified telephones to extra loud mobile phones.
For example, 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!
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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.
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