Phones for the hard of hearing can help ease communication for both the hearing impaired and the elderly.
Phones designed specifically for the hard of hearing can help ease communication for both the hearing impaired and the elderly. Their easy to use features and enhanced audio make it simple to stay in touch.
In this guide, we advise on the best phone for hard of hearing people and highlight some essential models that we supply.
Which Is The Best Phone For The Hard Of Hearing?
From our current stock, we recommend:
- Doro Magna 4000 - one of THE loudest phones in production today, boasting a powerful 60dB voice volume with a 90dB ringer volume.
- Geemarc AmpliDect 295 Combi Photo Amplified Cordless Telephone - a cordless phone and accompanying corded phone with big buttons and loud ringer.
- Swissvoice Xtra 2155 Big Buttoned Cordless Duo DECT Phone With Answering Machine - Big Buttons, bright backlit display and adjustable ringer volume of +85dB and incoming volume that can extend up to +30dB
- Amplicomms BigTel 1200 - much louder than generic telephones with ringer volume up to 80dB and a receiver volume of 30 dB - hearing aid compatible.
- Amplicomms PowerTel M9500 Amplified Smartphone - A Smartphone with loud ring, SOS feature and easy to use interface.
However, the answer is rarely straightforward because at Hearing Direct we are able to offer you so many high-quality models.
Hard of hearing phones cater for varying levels of losses. A more severe impairment may need a phone that produces greater dB volumes to effectively communicate. Whether or not you wear hearing aids, conversations with loved ones on the phone should be easily accessible for all. For those with visual impairments, big button phones offer an alternative and simple solution for communicating with loved ones.
If you are out and about a lot then a smartphone specially designed for the hard of hearing and for ease of use may be an excellent solution. Have a look at our selection of Amplified Mobile Phones and Smartphones
You may also wish to check out: Phones for Seniors
4 Top Tips To Find The Best Phone For The Hard Of Hearing
Our range of devices offer a solution for everyone, and you may find the following suggestions and advice helpful. Our top tips on phones for hard of hearing people will help you find the right make and model to match your needs.
To make things easier, you can also explore the phone feature comparison page on our website. Here you can sort the devices we offer based on their characteristics, price, and amplification of the incoming voice.
1. Choose a dedicated phone:
You will need to identify the required amplification needed to maximize the benefit of the phone. Standard telephones generally do not have extra-loud functions or hearing aid compatibility so they can be challenging to use with hearing loss. It will be essential to choose a model that asserts voice and ringer volume at a high enough level for you to hear clearly. Additionally, many of these phones are compatible with hearing aids using the ’T’ setting.
2. Consider whether you need a desk or a cordless phone or a phone that combines both:
Phones for the hearing impaired are available in two main options: corded or cordless. Often manufacturers will offer a combo pack to take advantage of the separate benefits of both. The main difference is that desk phones, due to their size, often include other sensory cues that are useful for the hard of hearing and the visually impaired such as flashing lights to indicate an incoming call, large buttons, a larger visual display and a backlit keypad. Some cordless amplified phones may share these features, however, due to the physical limitations of the device, these features are more subtle.
Benefits of desk phones:
- Do not require battery power to operate
- Often include other sensory cues in a prominent manner
- Models that are wall mounted are less likely to get misplaced
- More desk phones include a built-in answering machine than cordless phones
- Greater maximum volume output
Benefits of cordless phones:
- Can be taken from room to room and even to the garden
- Some models can be extended with extra handsets
- Ideal for answering calls without having to move quickly to the phone location
3. Plan your budget in advance:
As with most new phones, prices will vary from one model to the next and from one manufacturer to the other. The easiest way to find the best hearing impaired phone for your budget is to consider the necessary features you require to help manage your hearing loss. Phones will vary in prices based on:
- Type of phone (cordless vs. desk phone),
- Maximum amplification level,
- Built-in answering phone,
- Whether you need advanced features such as outgoing speech amplification, headset and shaker outputs, ringtones and so on.
4. Level of user experience required:
Depending on the age and background of the user, it is common for the hard of hearing to look for simple models. For this reason, extra-loud, amplified phones are often bought for the elderly because they are simpler to use. Therefore, when deciding on the best phone, the level of the device’s complexity and the intended user must be taken into account.
When considering all of these recommendations and shaping your basic requirements, you may also consider the following list of the most important features and characteristics that a phone designed for the hard of hearing should have:
- Telecoil compatibility
- Visual ring indicator
- Increased ringer volume
- Handsfree speaker option
- Vocalised keypad
- Backlit keypad
- Large display and buttons to dial
- Caller ID
- Built-in answer phone
Don’t forget our phone feature comparison page on our website, where you can sort the devices we offer based on the above characteristics, price, and amplification of the incoming voice.
Top Phones For Hard Of Hearing
In order to make things easier, you can also explore the phone feature comparison page on our website. Here you can sort the devices we offer based on their characteristics, price, and amplification of the incoming voice.
The Doro Magna 4000 is one of THE loudest phones in production today, boasting a powerful 60dB voice volume and a 90dB ringer volume. That's about 6 times louder than a standard phone!
We dispense a great selection of corded desk phones, cordless phones for the home, and easy-to-use extra loud mobile phones.
If you prefer combo or cordless phones, you may be interested in models such as the Geemarc AmpliDect 295 Combi Photo Amplified Cordless Telephone. Some of its top features include:
- Receiving tone can be increased to up to 10dB
- Volume control can be adjusted to +30dB
- A backlit display with large characters
- Backlit keypad with easy to use big buttons
- Outdoor range of 300 metres
- Indoor range of 50 metres
If you are seeking the perfect combination of a flexible, cordless handset with a base unit offering four photo buttons, then the Swissvoice Xtra 2155 Big Buttoned Cordless Duo DECT Phone With Answering Machine is worth a closer look. A large backlit display screen with caller ID enables you to stay in control of who you talk to, along with a call blocking function so you can blacklist up to 100 numbers. Dialling is easy with the talking keypad and large, tactile buttons while keeping in contact with those closest to you is simple, with four photo memory buttons on the base. Fully hearing aid compatible, the Xtra 2155 is super loud, with a ringer volume of up to 85dB and an audio boost volume of up to 30dB. The integral answering machine offers up to 30 minutes of messages that can be played back slowly.
A prime example of an amplified cordless phone comes in the form of the Amplicomms BigTel 1200. This model is significantly louder than generic telephones with ringer volume up to 80dB and a receiver volume of 30 dB. The phone is also hearing aid compatible and features a number of visual alerts to help ensure you don't miss a call.
Smartphones and Mobile Phones:
If a Smartphone or Mobile phone that’s been specially designed for use by the hard of hearing is needed then have a look at the Amplicomms PowerTel M9500 Amplified Smartphone. This is a stylish smartphone with a large LCD colour display and an eight-megapixel camera. It’s also extra loud, with a handset volume of up to 40dB and a ring tone of up to 90dB. If required, you can switch seamlessly between the standard Android operating system to the new Amplicomms user interface, designed specifically for seniors.
Depending on your country, a different selection of phones for hard of hearing may be available. We recommend selecting the relevant store based on the location the item will be shipped to.
Check Your Hearing For Free
At Hearing Direct, we have created our very own online hearing test so you can test your hearing for free and in the comfort of your own home.
All you will need is a few spare minutes and some ear or headphones. Once the test is complete, you will get your results instantly via email. Depending on the outcome of the hearing test, you may be encouraged to take further action.
About Hearing Direct
We are one of the world's leading hearing aid specialists. HearingDirect offers a wide range of affordable products, as well as information resources to help improve the quality of life for the hard of hearing.
- Hearing aids,
- Accessories such as earplugs,
- and amplified devices such as super loud alarm clocks and amplified phones.
Author: Gary Hill
Gary comes from 16 years’ experience in the hearing aid industry in both manufacturing and retail. Before co-founding HearingDirect, Gary was Marketing Director for a leading global hearing aid brand; GN ReSound where he worked for the UK sales division and latterly in their global headquarters in Copenhagen. He was responsible for developing and launching major global hearing aid models, conducting extensive research into the needs of the hearing impaired community and their performance demands of hearing aids and other devices.