Geemarc amplified phones make communication easier for those with hearing loss and provide an expansive range of amplified telephones and mobile phones. The market for phones designed with the elderly or hearing impaired as a target customer base increases daily as more and more of us find that a standard phone no longer has the clarity or amplification that we require. This is further compounded by “standard” phones becoming increasingly complex with questionable additional functionality and undergoing miniaturisation that every electronics manufacturer thinks is desirable with limited consideration to the dexterity of the elderly population. So with an increasing number of people buying phones with ease of use and volume as a primary consideration it is worthwhile looking and comparing two market leading products.
Geemarc Amplified PhotoPhone 100
The products being compared are the Geemarc CL100 which holds the claim of Europe’s most popular big button phone and the Geemarc PhotoPhone 100 which is the biggest seller through HearingDirect.com To start with, let’s establish the similarities which should make this a fair comparison. Both are manufactured by Geemarc so come with a pedigree of a company that has a long history and understanding of what the market desires.
Geemarc CL 100 Amplified Phone
Both claim a receiving amplification of +30dB and both have three one-touch emergency buttons. The CL100 has a further nine memory buttons which are labelled M1 to M9, while the PhotoPhone 100 has just eight memory buttons which are labelled by use of photos or pictures slid underneath the button. Both phones have a mute function, Visual Ring indicators, Recall buttons and the standard functions one would expect. In addition both have tone control of + / - 10dB on an easy to use slider. Both are wall mountable and use clear, easy to use buttons. There is a difference in design and it could be argued that the PhotoPhone 100 has a slightly more modern angular shape, with the CL100 being more classically rounded. Usefully both do not require an additional electrical power socket, so are very easy to set up by simply plugging them into the phone socket. The CL100 does, however, require battery power if the ringer volume needs to be increased. Finally, both are classified as hearing aid compatible, so the user can switch to the T-coil setting and hold the handset next to the hearing aid and listen to the phone through their aid when it is set to the ‘T’ position. So satisfaction guaranteed from both products? Well if the reviews are to be believed then broadly speaking the answer is Yes. It does appear that one of the few differences is the price. Prices do vary across the internet but generally speaking on those sites that carry both models the PhotoPhone 100 is approximately £10 cheaper.