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5 Best Hearing-Impaired Phones

5 Best Hearing-Impaired Phones
Akanksha Nigam

Communication is important for your overall health. Whether it is sharing your thoughts and feelings or talking to a loved one, being able to express yourself and staying connected are extremely important for your quality of life. However, a hearing impairment can affect communication and, eventually, your health. 

Hearing loss usually occurs with age. The degree of hearing loss can vary from mild to moderate, severe, and profound. Other factors, such as exposure to loud noises and excessive earwax, can also lead to hearing impairment.  

Types of Hearing Loss

There are four types of hearing loss

  • Conductive Hearing Loss - Sounds do not get through the outer or middle ear. This condition is treated with medication and surgery. 
  • Sensorineural Hearing Loss - Problems in the inner ear or hearing nerve functioning. 
  • Mixed Hearing Loss - Combines conductive and sensorineural hearing loss. 
  • Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder - Sound enters the ear normally, but due to damage to the inner ear or hearing nerve, the sound does not get organized, and the brain cannot process it. 

Hearing loss is also classified as:

  • Unilateral or Bilateral: If hearing loss occurs only in one ear, it is unilateral. If it occurs in both ears, it is bilateral hearing loss.
  • Pre-lingual or Post-lingual: This is based on when the hearing loss happened. If it was before the person learned to speak, it is called a pre-lingual hearing loss. It is a post-lingual hearing loss if it occurs after the person learns to talk.
  • Symmetrical or Asymmetrical: This depends on the level of hearing loss in the ears. If the difference in hearing is more than 15 decibels in both ears, it is an asymmetrical hearing loss. If the difference is the same, it is a symmetrical hearing loss.
  • Fluctuating or Stable: Hearing loss that either gets better or worse with time is called fluctuating hearing loss. It is known as a stable hearing loss if it or does not change over time.
  • Congenital or Acquired/Delayed Onset: Congenital hearing loss is when a person is born deaf. Acquired hearing loss or delayed onset is when it occurs later in life.

There is another perspective on communication and hearing that relates to safety. Most hearing-impaired phones have a feature to program emergency numbers so that help can arrive with the press of a button. As more and more of the elderly population stays at home, having emergency numbers at one's disposal and the ability to listen and understand the instructions from a 911 operator becomes even more important to ensure safety.  

5 Best Hearing Impaired Phones 

HPFY carries a variety of amplified phones for the hearing impaired. Some of the best hearing-impaired phones are - 

1. Clarity Portable Telephone Handset Amplifier

Battery-powered amplifier with slide controls for volume and tone. It makes telephone conversations louder and clearer to understand. It works perfectly with phones where the handset and keypad are separate. 

Features of Clarity Portable Telephone Handset Amplifier

  • Increases incoming sounds up to 40 decibels 
  • Adjustable incoming volume control 
  • Connects easily between handset and telephone base 
  • Boost button amplifies and eliminates background noise 
Clarity Portable Telephone Handset Amplifier

 

 

2. Serene Innovations Portable Phone Amplifier

A convenient product for the hard of hearing and those trying to communicate in a noisy environment. The compact design renders it easy to carry and use outdoors. Easily connects to a landline, cordless, or pay-phone handset.  

Features of Serene Innovations Portable Phone Amplifier

  • Amplifies caller’s voice up to 26+ decibels 
  • Two AAA batteries and a soft carrying pouch included 
  • Compact and lightweight 
  • Advanced tone enhancement optimizes speech clarity 
Serene Innovations Portable Phone Amplifier

 

 

3. Panasonic KX-TGM420W Expansion Headset Amplified Phone

An ideal choice if you are searching for a cordless hearing-impaired phone with features. This reliable amplified phone is suitable for those with mild to moderate hearing loss by boosting caller volume up to 40 decibels. The noise reduction feature reduces background noise for a clearer and more comfortable conversation. 

Features of Panasonic KX-TGM420W Expansion Headset Amplified Phone

  • Slow the talking speed of the caller with one-touch Slow Talk Control 
  • Up to 13 hours of talk time 
  • Talking caller ID 
  • White backlit LCD for better display 
Panasonic KX-TGM420W Expansion Handset Amplified Phone

 

 

4. Williams Sound Pocketalker 2.0 personal Amplifier

Amplify the sounds most important to you! Plug the earpiece into the headphone jack, place the internal microphone closer to the sound you want to hear, and adjust the tone and the volume for a clear listening experience.  

Features of Williams Sound Pocketalker 2.0 personal Amplifier 

  • Ergonomic and lightweight design 
  • Extended high and low-frequency range 
  • Up to 105 hours of battery with typical usage 
  • Superior sound quality 
Williams Sound Pocketalker 2.0 Personal Amplifier

 

 

5. William Sound Pocketalker Ultra Personal Sound Amplifier with Earbud and Headphone 

Amplifies sounds for one-on-one conversations, small-group listening, television listening, or conversing in the car. It enables the user to listen loudly and clearly by reducing the background noises.  

Features of William Sound Pocketalker Ultra Personal Sound Amplifier with Earbud and Headphone

  • 200 hours of battery life 
  • Accommodates different types of earpieces 
  • Usable with neck loops and t-coil-equipped hearing aids 
  • Lightweight and portable 
William Sound Pocketalker Ultra Personal Sound Amplifier With Earbud And Headphone

 

 

There are some essential things to consider before buying a hearing-impaired phone, like high ringer volume, caller volume control, and tone control. Other features that you may find useful are incoming call alerts such as a flashing display or vibration, which are great in noisy surroundings, or speech-to-text, which enables the user to read the text on the screen while talking on the phone very useful. All of these benefits of technology make daily living and connectivity easier for the hard of hearing while keeping them safe. 

 

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Akanksha Nigam has been a Health Products For You contributor since 2021. With a Masters Degree in Finance, she began her Marketing career in the banking industry. However, her interest in human ...

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