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This entry was posted on 30th January 2012 by Gary.
Hard of hearing phones come in a wide variety of models. They have different features and varying sound amplifying levels. The best hard of hearing phone will be the one that best suits your particular hearing loss and its severity.
The basic functions you should look for, however, include hearing aid compatibility, clarity of sound, blocking off background noise and an option for adjusting the volume. Depending on the additional functionalities and features you want, there are many types to choose from.
Before you choose a specific model, it is good to be aware of the benefits of both corded and cordless hard of hearing phones.
Benefits of hard of hearing corded phones:
Corded phones that offer a full set of functions, some of which include increased ringer volume, telecoil compatibility, backlit and vocalized keypad and built-in answer phone are the models Amplicom PowerTel 68 (up to 5 times louder than the standard phone), Geemarc PhotoPhone 155 (with 8 large customizable photo buttons) and Geemarc CL455 (with talking phonebook).
In case you need a simpler phone with fewer functions, you can consider the Geemarc CL100 or Geemarc PhotoPhone 100. Both offer a volume gain of up to 30dB and have a visual ring indicator.
For those with a severe hearing loss, the Geemarc AmpliPower 50 is recommended. It provides an extra loud volume of up to 60dB.
If you are thinking about buying a cordless phone, there are also some advantages to consider.
Benefits of hard of hearing cordless phones:
Some of the cordless phones offer as many functions as the corded ones. The brand new Amplicom PowerTel 700 is the perfect example of a phone with a bundle of extra features and up to 100 hours of standby time. A built-in answer phone is offered in the Amplicom PowerTel 580 and Geemarc Amplidect 285 models.
The whole Geemarc Amplidect series offered on hearingdirect.com, have up to 30dB volume increase capability, a handsfree speaker option, a visual ring indicator, a backlit keypad and a caller ID.
We have compiled a ringer comparison chart between some of the most prominent phones on the market. In the second table, you can see what their ringer levels mean compared to common daily sounds:
The charts show that the ringer volumes available are high enough to be used by people with severe hearing loss. It should be considered that an increase of 10dB is perceived as approximately double the sound for people without a hearing problem. That means that +30dB additional ringer volume is about 5-6 times louder than the standard conversation volume.
This entry was posted in Product Review on 30th January 2012 by Gary.
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