Amplified phones have been on the market for years but aren't widely known by the public. We have always made it a point to offer our clients a wide selection of amplified phones from corded, cordless, big-buttoned and answering machine models to help those with hearing loss still continue to communicate over the phone. When someone with hearing loss is engaged in a phone conversation they lose visual cues about the conversion like a face to face conversation would allow (such as lip reading and body language) but also they are now forced to listen with only one ear instead of two. Hearing every word clearly can be a challenge.
Amplified phones are perfect for anyone with some level of hearing loss. They have advanced as technology has advanced and can include some great features and call quality improvements making talking on the phone a more pleasurable experience and removes the frustration of not hearing every word and always having to asking the other party to repeat themselves.
Advantages of an Amplified Phone
Amplification, Of Course
Depending on the hearing loss there are different models for specific decibel ranges of hearing loss. Both the sound of the call is amplified but so is the ringer.
Hearing Aid Compatible
Some amplified phones are also hearing aid compatible and can allow the phone to connect to the hearing aid the call is actually transmitted through the hearing aid and not the phone.
Some amplified phones improve the call quality while amplifying the sound. Amplifying a staticy or distorted call will only make things worse.
Big Buttons & Displays
Some models offer large displays and large buttons for dialling for easier use and reading for the elderly who have hearing and vision issues.
Some amplified phone models offer battery back up in the event of a power outage the phone will continue to amplify sound properly.
Outgoing Speech Amplification
Most models will also amplify your outgoing speech. Perfect if you have difficulty speaking or speak softly then your sound will be amplified to the person you are speaking to.
Corded phones can offer a few more advantages over a cordless amplified phone. Because the whole phone doesn't have to fit in the palm of your hand it can offer bigger buttons and a bigger screen that can offer brighter backlighting. They can also offer built-in voicemail and more 1 touch preset memory buttons for regular numbers you call. Depending on the model they are also hearing aid compatible and can transmit the call through your hearing aid so you don't have to try and talk on the phone with a hearing aid in your hear and experience double the amplification.
They also usually have excellent speakerphone functions that will allow you to be mobile while talking on a corded phone. The speakerphone is also amplified and if the phone offers amplified outgoing speech this feature is still typically enabled over a speakerphone. Some models also have voice assist which can read allowed caller identification information so you don't need to run over to the phone to see who is calling before you decide it's worth answering.
Cordless Amplified Phone Advantages
Cordless phones clearly offer the ability to be portable with you around the house so you can continue to work on household chores and tasks while on a call or to be in any room you wish to sit in while taking a call. They also offer the ability to partner more than one phone, like standard cordless phones you can have one in every room and all with the amplification function. A clear advantage over one fixed, corded phone in one room as all your phones can offer amplification.
Like corded phones, depending on the model, they can also offer built-in voicemail at the base unit, and hearing aid compatibility. Where they will fall short is the backlighting, button size and the display size, which is going to be used more on a corded phone to see numbers stored in memory and caller id and more.
If you are interested in an amplified phone for yourself or for a family member or friend (they make a great gift!) we offer different corded and cordless amplified phones which you can buy online or through one of our locations in the Toronto area from Oakville to Pickering.
Clarity Alto Amplified Phone in Pearl for Hearing Impaired
The Alto™ amplified corded telephone is the ideal solution for those with mild, moderate and severe hearing loss. This 53dB phone is the first on the market to receive TIA-4953 certification, passing the new industry standards for amplified telephones.The ergonomic volume and tone control is also perfect for those with arthritis.
Clarity D704 Cordless Amplified Phone for Hearing Impaired
The next generation of the #1 selling line of big button amplified cordless phones. The Clarity® D704™ combines hearing, vision and mobility solutions into one great value.
Clarity P300 Amplified Phone for Hearing Impaired
The P300™ amplified corded phone, by Clarity®, features Clarity Power™ technology to make sounds not only louder, but also clearer and easier to understand. Now with up to 26 decibels of amplification and programmable photo memory buttons, the P300™ is an ideal solution for those with mild-to-moderate hearing loss or low vision.
Cordless D714 Amplified Phone for Hearing Impaired
The next generation of the #1 selling line of big button amplified cordless phones. The Clarity® D714™ combines hearing, vision and mobility solutions into one great value.