Hearing aid users often experience frustration when using a telephone. Non-hearing-aid compatible phones often generate interference in the form of buzzing, humming and static, making a phone conversation virtually impossible for either party. In 1989 the FCC required all new phones, both mobile and land line, to be hearing-aid compatible. A phone with an M3 and T3 rating indicates it meets the FCC requirements. A phone with a rating of M4 or T4 denotes a higher level of compatibility with hearing aids. Some newer hearing aids are also equipped with Bluetooth to make using phones with this capability even easier.
Other People Are Reading
Most hearing aids have what is called a T-coil, or telecoil, installed. When you turn your aid to the "T" setting, the hearing aid should make the phone sound more clear. The clarity of each phone depends on a combination of the hearing aid and phone itself. The Motorola Razr V3 and V8 are handsets that provide Bluetooth technology for highest clarity as well as M3/T3 compatibility for T-coil hearing aids. The Blackberry Pearl also has Bluetooth and M3/T4 technology, making its hearing-aid compatibility slightly better than the Razr.
The Clarity W1000 Amplified Phone is a landline phone specifically designed for people with hearing loss. Its features include a certified minimum gain of 26 decibels, visual ring alert, ringer pitch and volume controls and is telecoil compatible. The CrystalTone Amplified Phone UTI-CT is also designed for hearing aid users. The volume control slides up to 35 decibels and also has a ringer that goes up to 100 decibels. You can also set the ringer to a specific pitch to ensure it's in a range you hear the best. The hand set is hearing-aid compatible with telecoil and is also equipped with a flashing-light ringer for those times you may not hear it.
Harris Communications is a nationwide company that specialises in technical devices for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Since 1982, the company has provided telephones, specialised alarm clocks, phone amplifiers, flashing-light door bells and other tools to make life easier for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. 101Phones.com is another national company focusing on telecommunications devices for those with hearing loss. It divides products into three categories: for those with mild hearing loss, moderate hearing loss and severe hearing loss. Not only does the company sell phones, but it also sells specialised answering machines and eco-friendly phones.
- 20 of the funniest online reviews ever
- 14 Biggest lies people tell in online dating sites
- Hilarious things Google thinks you're trying to search for