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Cordless Phones For the Hearing Impaired
Cordless Phones for the Hard of Hearing: Hearing Impaired Telephones
For three years now, at least until the birth of my son recently, I have been working as a registered nurse. Though it has been my passion to one day work in an emergency room at a hospital, my nursing positions, thusfar, have lead me to assisted living and nursing home type environments. As a growing population that I have really begun to love and admire, there is no doubt that geriatric patients present with their own wide array of physical challenges. Where wisdom and experience, fostered by old age, comes shining through, there is no doubt that these physical limitations do, in fact, exist. Beyond their tendencies to fall or slip, hearing deficiencies can also gradually begin to impact the quality of life of geriatric patients.
The truth is, whether someone be an older person, or a younger person with hearing problems, they can certainly benefit from these types of cordless phones.
Telephones are a ubiquitous and incredibly useful thing for most people. They allow easy communication and are a basic life requirement for many. But what happens if you're hard of hearing?
Cordless phones for hard of hearing individuals are available, and they are great for anyone who experiences difficulties picking up all the sounds from a telephone receiver. Cordless phones for the hearing impaired are specifically designed for individuals with low to severe hearing loss, and they make communication much easier.
This article is all about cordless telephones for the hearing impaired. We'll talk about what makes a cordless telephone for the hard of hearing unique, and the technology included. We'll talk about price and availability, and the different types you might want to consider, depending upon your level of hearing loss.
Let's get started!
How They Work: Cordless Phones for Hearing Impaired
The basic problem that faces most people with low to severe hearing loss is volume. Lower frequencies and low volume conversations are often lost. This can lead to feelings of exclusion and isolation, and it can be embarrassing asking people to repeat themselves. Cordless phones for the hearing impaired usually battle this by allowing for higher than usual speaker volume.
Cordless phones for the hard of hearing aren't suitable for everyone. If you're in a mixed household it's not a great idea to use one of these for everyone, because they are technologically designed to produce higher volume. Hearing impaired telephones have stronger speakers and better amplification. (A standard phone's speakers would distort with such a high volume)
Some of the standard features found on cordless phones for the hearing impaired include:
-Higher than usual speaker volume and beefed up amplification. It's important that cordless phones for the hard of hearing project well
-'Clarity' technology. As speaker volume increases, it's easy for sound to become distorted. Telephones specifically designed for the deaf allow for higher volume without losing sound quality.
-Extra loud ring tones. This is important to let the recipient know if they are getting a phonecall in the first place. Some hearing impaired cordless phones will vibrate as an extra indicator.
-Extra bright 'ring indicator buttons' to let the user visually know if they are receiving a call.
-Many cordless hearing impaired telephones will be specifically compatible for certain types of hearing aids (will add link later!). It's important to investigate what kinds will be compatible with your specific hearing aid.
What to Look For: Cordless Phones for the Hearing Impaired
Everyone is different, and it's important to pick a hearing impaired cordless phone that will work well for you. The first thing to analyze is the level of hearing loss you have. Many cordless phones for the hard of hearing will suit all ranges of loss, but some are specifically made with a certain level in mind.
Levels of hearing loss generally go as follows:
Mild: 12 to 30db of hearing loss. This generally means you have difficulty in crowds and areas with ambient sound, as well as with low volume conversations. Low and very high frequencies are often lost. You should look for a hearing impaired telephone that will make up that decibel level of sound.
Moderate: 31 to 40db. You likely require a hearing aid for general conversation, and a cordless hard of hearing phone is highly recommended too.
Severe: 41 to 60db. You benefit from powerful hearing aids and you will require an amplified telephone for general conversations.
People generally fall into these three categories of partial hearing loss. A hearing impaired cordless phone is highly recommended for moderate and severe loss, and it can be very helpful for mild loss too.
Prices, Brands and What to Buy: Cordless Phones for Hearing Impaired
There are many brands that cater specifically to hearing impaired telephones users, so you won't suffer from a lack of choice. Some of the best brands out there are Ameriphone, Clarity, Amplicom and ClearSounds. These brands are specifically geared towards this kind of technology, and the products offered are high quality.
With cordless phones specifically, price can be an issue. They require heavier duty batteries to produce the higher volumes, and miniaturization to make it all fit in such a small space. Because of the added technological requirements, cordless phones for the hearing impaired will definitely be more expensive than standard varieties.
You can expect to pay anywhere from $75 to $250 for a good quality cordless phone for the hard of hearing. The price usually reflects the number of features and the quality of the device too. All of the brands listed above produce phones within this range.
The best place to buy hearing impaired cordless phones is online, since that's where you'll find the majority of customer reviews, greater brand variety and usually the best deals. You can check in with your local electronics store too. If they don't have any in stock, mention some of the brands listed above and ask for a special order.
Hearing impaired cordless telephones might be a bit pricey, but they will certainly improve the quality of life for anyone who has difficulty with phone conversations.