Telephone Adaptations for HoH People

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An overview of adaptations available for telephones to help people who are hard of hearing use the telephone more effectively.

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Telephone Adaptations for HoH People

  1. 1. Telephones for hard of hearing people Heidi Walsh 2010
  2. 2. Difficulties with phones <ul><li>Hearing phone ring </li></ul><ul><li>Knowing who is calling: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Answer family and friends </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ignore others </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Hearing speech on phone: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Volume </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clarity </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Poor clarity on answering machine </li></ul>
  3. 3. Features to Aid Hearing <ul><li>Volume control for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ringer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>speaker </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Tone control </li></ul><ul><li>Hearing aid compatible (inductive coupler) </li></ul><ul><li>Caller line ID </li></ul><ul><li>Light to indicate incoming call </li></ul><ul><li>Additional earpiece </li></ul><ul><ul><li>use both ears or give one to helper </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Extra Gadgets <ul><li>In-line amplifier – fits between handset and phone </li></ul><ul><li>Alternatives to a handset: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Headset </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Neckloop – need hearing aids with inductive coupler (T switch) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Extra ringer / flash to tell you when phone is ringing </li></ul>
  5. 5. Pictures from www.sarabec.com
  6. 6. Answering Machine <ul><li>Use BT’s free 1571 service </li></ul><ul><li>Gives same quality as a phone call which is often better than an answering machine </li></ul>

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