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Telephones With Loud Ringers

Hard of hearing phones come in a wide variety of models. They have different features and varying sound amplifying levels. The best hard of hearing phone will be the one that best suits your particular hearing loss and its severity. The basic functions you should look for, however, include hearing aid compatibility, clarity of sound, blocking off background noise and an option for adjusting the volume. Depending on the additional functionalities and features you want, there are many types to choose from. Before you choose a specific model, it is good to be aware of the benefits of both corded and cordless hard of hearing phones. Benefits of hard of hearing corded phones:
  • low price range
  • constant power supply
  • possibility for larger buttons
  • can have functions for visually impaired as well, thus very suitable for the elderly
Corded phones that offer a full set of functions, some of which include increased ringer volume, telecoil compatibility, backlit and vocalized keypad and built-in answer phone are the models Amplicom PowerTel 68 (up to 5 times louder than the standard phone), Geemarc PhotoPhone 155 (with 8 large customizable photo buttons) and Geemarc CL455 (with talking phonebook). In case you need a simpler phone with fewer functions, you can consider the Geemarc CL100 or Geemarc PhotoPhone 100. Both offer a volume gain of up to 30dB and have a visual ring indicator. For those with a severe hearing loss, the Geemarc AmpliPower 50 is recommended. It provides an extra loud volume of up to 60dB. If you are thinking about buying a cordless phone, there are also some advantages to consider. Benefits of hard of hearing cordless phones:
  • mobility
  • mostly a more contemporary design
Some of the cordless phones offer as many functions as the corded ones. The brand new Amplicom PowerTel 700 is the perfect example of a phone with a bundle of extra features and up to 100 hours of standby time. A built-in answer phone is offered in the Amplicom PowerTel 580 and Geemarc Amplidect 285 models. The whole Geemarc Amplidect series offered on, have up to 30dB volume increase capability, a handsfree speaker option, a visual ring indicator, a backlit keypad and a caller ID. We have compiled a ringer comparison chart between some of the most prominent phones on the market. In the second table, you can see what their ringer levels mean compared to common daily sounds:
Phone model Phone type Maximum ringing level
Geemarc CL8400 mobile 80dB
Doro PhoneEasy 332 mobile 83dB
Doro PhoneEasy 338 mobile 83dB
Doro PhoneEasy 409 mobile 83dB
Doro PhoneEasy 345 mobile 83dB
Doro PhoneEasy 410 mobile 83dB
Doro PhoneEasy 610 mobile 85dB
Doro PhoneEasy 615 mobile 85dB
Amplicom PowerTel 49 corded 90dB
Amplicom PowerTel 68 corded 90dB
Amplicom PowerTel 580 cordless 90dB
Amplicom PowerTel 700 cordless 90dB
Amplicom PowerTel 702 cordless 90dB
Amplicom PowerTel M4000 mobile 100dB
Geemarc Clearsound CL8300 mobile 100dB
Amplicom PowerTel M6000 mobile 100dB
Environmental sounds Sound level Decibel level
Threshold of hearing Faint 0dB
Whisper Faint 20dB
Normal conversation Moderate 60dB
Street noise Loud 70dB
Electric shaver Loud 80dB
Truck traffic Dangerous 90dB
Motorcycle Dangerous 100dB
Rock concert Deafening 115dB
Gun blast Deafening 140dB
Aircraft take-off Deafening 180dB
The charts show that the ringer volumes available are high enough to be used by people with severe hearing loss. It should be considered that an increase of 10dB is perceived as approximately double the sound for people without a hearing problem. That means that +30dB additional ringer volume is about 5-6 times louder than the standard conversation volume.
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