Geemarc Amplified PhotoPhone 100 Review

Geemarc amplified phones ease communication for those with a hearing impairment and the Geemarc PhotoPhone 100 is a prime example. The PhotoPhone 100 is a great value-for-money amplified phone. It has wide functionality combined with easy to use intuitive controls.

While marketed for the hearing impaired, its simplicity means that it can easily be a phone shared by those with hearing loss and those with normal hearing. The functions can be de-activated during a call by pressing the Amplify button but the amplification settings will be retained for the next call. Its large buttons and clear numbers, as well as its photo memory buttons also have the added advantage of assisting those with poor eyesight.

It is extremely easy to set up - simply plug the phone lead into your telephone wall socket and you are ready to go. There is no electrical power lead required, so the phone can be placed wherever is convenient in your home. The phone has three methods of dialling. There is the standard keypad with its bold numbers and large buttons. There are eight memory buttons, which can be pre-programmed with your favourite numbers. You can place a photograph of friends or family under these clear buttons, and to dial simply press the image. Lastly at the top of the phone, there are three numbers designed for emergency, but in reality, can be used for your three most popular numbers. Simply lift the receiver and press M1, M2 or M3 and dialling is as simple as that. The maximum amplification of the incoming volume is +30dB, which while not the loudest on the market is more than sufficient for the majority of hearing impaired. In addition, the PhotoPhone 100 has a tone control that can adjust the amplification of high or low frequency by up to 10dB, a useful feature for those suffering with classic high frequency hearing loss. Both the volume control and tone control are adjusted by easy to use sliders just above the keypad. Also on the front of the phone just below the keypad is an LED light which flashes to alert users to an incoming call.

The PhotoPhone 100 is telecoil compatible, so for a user wearing a hearing aid with a telecoil simply switch the aid to the T position and use the phone normally. Alternatively, those with a hearing aid without a telecoil can switch to the hands-free function and so avoid any feedback caused by the proximity of the handset to their aid. Generally, the controls are clearly laid out and easy to use, adjust or turn off. The phone is large to accommodate the memory buttons and big keypad but well designed so not too unsightly. In conclusion, the Geemarc PhotoPhone 100 is a phone loaded with functionality, easy to use and at the lower end of the amplified phone price range.

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