The hearing impaired phone has become a great and valuable tool to the hearing impaired or deaf community. This phone has certainly helped them gain independence in that they can now talk with others over the phone.
If you have problems with hearing and you want to buy this type of phone, the question is how do you choose from all the models out there or what features should your future hearing impaired phone have?
a) Degree of Hearing Loss is defined as Mild, Moderate, Severe, or Deaf. Hearing impaired phones specific to the type of hearing problem the person has.
If you do not know what type of hearing loss you have you should see your audiologist or your physician. In general, if you have a problem with speech clarity and is unable to hear soft sounds you may have mild hearing loss, if you have trouble hearing soft sounds and not so loud sounds you may have moderate hearing loss, if you have a problem with hearing loud sounds you may have severe hearing loss, and lastly if you rely on lip reading or sign language to communicate with others then you are deaf or your hearing loss is profound.
Those with mild hearing loss can benefit with an 18 to 28 decibel hearing impaired phone while those who have moderate hearing loss will find a 30 to 48 decibel phone to be appropriate to their needs still if the loss is severe, a phone with 50 to 55 decibels is recommended. To those who have profound hearing loss, a TTY or text telephone, a video phone, or a captioned telephone, are recommended.
b) Amplification is important for those who have hearing hearing problems. The lack thereof is the reason why many are afraid to talk over the phone because they cannot hear the person at the other end. This is further aggravated when the person at the other end has a naturally soft voice so ask if you can try the phone out before buying it to avoid disappointments.
Another aspect to amplification of volume is that the user is able to adjust phone ringers so he can hear his phone ringing. With the degree of hearing loss you have, check the phone you fancy if you can hear it ringing at a distance.
c) Tone adjustment is important if you are unable to hear high pitch or low pitch sounds. It’s important to not only hear but to be able to understand what the sound means.
d) Hearing aid compatibility is another feature that your future hearing impaired phone should have. If this feature is absent, you will suffer from the feedback produced by your hearing aid when the phone comes in contact with your ear.
e) Opting for a corded or cordless phone really depends on whether you want to be moving about while talking on the phone. Some people do like talking on the phone while doing house chores.
f) Those special features built into a hearing impaired phone can also make the difference. These features are: accessories that you can connect such as a neckloop or Bluetooth, extra loud ringers, big flashing light for incoming calls, separate volume controls for the ringers and the incoming calls, a belt loop for cordless phone, and so much more.