Parentgiving offers phones for hard-of-hearing people that feature amplification and other features that make having a telephone conversation far easier.
A telephone is an essential safety feature in every home, allowing seniors, caregivers and all family members to communicate with friends, neighbors, doctors and first responders in the event of an accident or health problem. A working phone that every member can use is a vital piece of technology.
A traditional phone projects incoming calls at 10 to 25 decibels, which can be heard by a person with normal hearing. Amplified phones, sometimes called clarity phones, project at up to 50 decibels or higher, making calls far louder and easier to hear. Different models project sound at different decibel ratings, and a choice can be made based on the degree of hearing loss.
Phones for the hard-of-hearing come in corded and cordless models, and both desktop and wall mounted units are available. They offer many different features, including amplified ring tones, speaker phones, additional handsets, answering machines and caller identification. Some also offer large numbered keypads, which are easier to see and use.
Many models also feature captioning, which presents a visual readout of the conversation on a large screen or display. This allows the conversation to be read, which can make it easier to use for those who are hearing impaired. Some phones also amplify outgoing calls. Safety features such as direct dial buttons are also available, making it easier to reach a family member, neighbor, doctor or emergency responder. Some models also feature a single-button emergency response feature, which dials emergency numbers when the button on the phone or on a wrist transmitter is pushed.
Amplified phones can dramatically increase safety and a sense of security for hard-of-hearing family members, especially when a caregiver is in the home only part of the time.
Large button phone with black keys by Clarity. Never miss a call and hear better with this amplified, easy-to-dial phone!
This cordless, digital phone by Clarity amplifies incoming sound up to 50+dB and outgoing speech up to 15dB.
This super phone ringer amplifies the ring volume to 95db.
The Clarity® D702 amplified/low vision cordless phone with CID display amplifies incoming sound up to 30 decibels.
Amplified corded phone with cordless handset and answering machine.
Expandable handset for the Clarity E8 series phone.
Additional phone handset for the Clarity XLC3.4+ series phone/
Geemarc Amplified Telephone is a hearing aid compatible telephone designed to meet the needs of users with vision impairments and hearing loss.
The CapTel 880i Captioned Phone is a traditional-style phone that shows word-for-word captions of your conversation on a large, easy-to-read 10" display.
The Geemarc AmpliPOWER60 amplified big button corded telephone features incoming voice amplification up to 67dB (decibels) with a loud and clear speakerphone
AMPLI600 emergency phone incoming amplification, Caller ID, speakerphone and emergency connect features all in one, loved ones will be able to call family and friends if they can
A combination TTY phone (Voice Carry Over, Auto ID, Turbo Code, 2 line LCD display, Call Progress, loudness control for handset)
CaptionCall Captioned Phone is a 58dB amplified telephone for people with hearing loss that displays captions of what callers say on a large, easy-to-read touchscreen
The CapTel 2400iBT Captioned Phone is designed for people looking for a captioned phone with touchscreen technology and Bluetooth connectivity.
50dB extra loud amplification, ideal for those who have given up using the phone because it is a struggle to hear.
Expansion Handset only for the Panasonic KX-TGM450S Amplified Phone. These expansion handsets share all of the same features as the base phone.
Pair up to two cell phones and experience the same high quality sound on both your landline and cell phone calls.
Add up to 5 handsets to the Panasonic KX-TGM430B Amplified Phone base.
Panasonic KX-TGM420W Slow talk control helps you better understand fast talkers while conversing in real time and on the answering machine
Have multiple KX-TGM420W phones throughout your home at a fraction of the cost
XLC2 amplification phone up to 50 decibels and amplifies outgoing speech up to 15 decibels for others to hear you better
The Future Call FC-1204 is an all-in-one voice dialer phone lets you make calls, end calls and answer calls without ever needing to touch the phone.
With its simple layout, Hi-Definition Sound technology and slow playback answering machine, the Serene Innovations CL-60A lets you hear callers and messages loud and clear.
This cordless Amplicom PowerTel phone model is an excellent choice for households with more than one person who will be using the phone. The PowerTel 720 Assure+ is equipped with 3 user profiles so each user can preset the phone to their desired volume and tone preferences.
To enhance the sound on your existing phone without buying a new phone itself, an inline phone amplifier is an add-on product to consider. True to its name, an inline telephone amplifier amplifies the voice on the other end of the phone, allowing you to better hear your callers. Some telephone ringer amplifiers plug into your phone jack (you might need to purchase a two-to-one adapter if you need to plug the phone and amplifier into the same jack), while others connect on one end to your phone base and on the other to your handset—either option is easy to connect without any adjustments needed to your telephone wiring.
What you will need is a traditional corded telephone with a keypad on the base—phone amplifiers typically won’t work on phones that have the dial pad in the handset or on yesteryear’s princess style or trimline model phones.
The first choice to make when picking a model is the level of sound amplification you want. Options vary from about 40 decibels (dB), which is equal to 100 times louder than the normal phone, all the way up to 100 dB and higher.
Next decide on the power source you want. Some phone amplifiers work on electricity with an A/C adapter, others on battery power and a few on both (you have the battery as back-up).
Another great feature to look for is a tone selector for speech clarity; this function makes it easier to distinguish similar sounding words.
In addition to all the sound increases, many telephone amplifiers also have a bright neon or strobe light that flashes when a call comes in to get your attention. For instance, the Amplified Phone Ringer With Strobe Flasher monitors your phone line for incoming calls. When receiving a call, it will alert you with a 120 dB amplified ringer and bright flashing strobe light. The device works with all standard corded phones and it plugs directly into your phone jack.
With a telephone amplifier, you’re sure to never miss a call and to hear your caller better than before.