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Which Amplified phone is right for me?

Choosing the right Amplified Phone

An Amplified phone can make any phone conversation louder, clearer and more understandable. There are many types of Amplified Phones available in the market today which are available in many form factors and designed to help people suffering from a variety of problems and with various degrees of Hearing Loss. Several factors need to be considered when buying an amplified telephone.

Type of Amplification: First, choose whether you want to amplify incoming voice or outgoing voice or both. Most regular phones have an incoming voice amplifier built in. Amplified phones can amplify the incoming voice as well as outgoing voice making amplified phones suitable for individuals who are hearing impaired and/or soft spoken.

Type of Phone Line: Check whether your phone line is analog, digital or IP based. Most amplified phones and in-line amplifiers are designed to work on analog phone lines. Amplified Phones which work with Digital and VoIP phones are also available.

Degree of Hearing Loss: It is essential to find out what decibel (dB) hearing loss you have. Generally, phones with 18-28dB are good for mild hearing loss, 30-48dB are good for moderate hearing loss, and 50-55dB are recommended for severe hearing loss.

Type of Hearing Loss: Determine whether you want amplification for high frequency or low frequency sounds. Most amplified phones are designed for high frequency amplification. Most amplified phones come with a tone control that allows you to adjust to the right frequency.

Corded or Cordless: Cordless amplified telephones are recommended if mobility is important. If mobility is not required, consider buying a corded phone.

Hearing aid compatibility: Most amplified phones can be used with hearing aids that have a telephone switch. Without the telephone switch, it may be necessary to remove the hearing aid when using an amplified phone.

Optional Features: Keep in mind if you want an amplified phone with any particular feature like caller ID, speakerphone, or any other feature.

How do I determine whether my phone line is analog, digital or IP?

Analog lines support standard home phones, fax machines and dial-up or DSL modems. Unless you have specifically ordered digital or IP phone service, the lines in your home are analog.

Most phones found in offices, hospitals, assisted living facilities, hotel room etc. are digital phones. If you are purchasing a phone for your office, it is best to ask the IT department what type of phone line options are available.

VoIP phones are also becoming increasingly popular in the office environment. A VoIP phones are generally connected to a computer and have an Ethernet port at the back. VoIP phones generally have direct access to company voice mail and other benefits of the digital phone system.

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