The market for products for the hard of hearing is constantly growing and developing. It is no longer predominantly concentrated on the production of different types of hearing aids, but is trying to meet the growing demand for additional products that offer further benefits and provide help for the hearing impaired. Some examples are amplified phones with answering machines or stand-alone answering machines specifically designed to be used by people suffering from hearing loss. Hearing Direct offers a wide range of different types of devices to choose from. Amplicomms PowerTel 2880 is a very easy to use product that is fully compatible with the BT phone lines and the different types of cordless phones. The many features of this machine ensure that the user will be able to clearly hear the messages they receive. The play back volume can be increased to up to 40dB by simply pressing a handy boost button and the tone can also be easily adjusted. The device can be connected to a head set and there is also the possibility to call the machine and receive the messages remotely making it very convenient. Another useful feature is the option to play a message at a slower speed without disturbing the quality of sound, by using the easy-grip wheel. The Swissvoice Xtra 3155 Amplified Big Buttoned Telephone is easy to use and offers plenty of useful features. The integral answering machine can record for up to 30 minutes and the messages can be clearly heard from both the receiver and the speakerphone. There are 8 photo ID buttons with Caller ID Announcement and a blocking function for up to 100 numbers. The phone is hearing aid compatible and the receiving volume can be adjusted to up to 30dB. Other convenient features include an extra bright visual ringer indicator, a visual indicator of the number of received messages and big buttons, which make the device easy to use by the elderly. The Geemarc AmpliDect 295 Amplified Cordless Duo Phone With Answering Machine is another product of excellent quality. The device is hearing aid compatible and offers features that will appeal to both the hard of hearing and people with visual problems. Another excellent feature is that you can customise ringtones for your phonebook contacts. Furthermore, the phonebook can store up to 50 numbers. The large-sized alphanumerical display is very user friendly and also includes a clock. The receiving volume control can be increased to up to 30dB and other useful features include a hands free speakerphone with adjustable volume, 6 one-touch direct dials and a backlit keypad. The answering machine is able to record for up to 15 minutes and allows you to access messages remotely.