Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Hearing Aid Compatible Cell Phones for Seniors

A large number of seniors need hearing aids to assist them when interacting with friends and family. Thus, a cell phone that's compatible with these gadgets for the hard of hearing will be useful for elderly with impaired auditory senses.

Mobile phones and hearting aids are not naturally compatible. This is due to the fact that the acoustic connection made between the cellphones and the hearing aid is poor and creates distortions in the sound. However, consumer needs paved the way for handsets that are compatible with these devices for the deaf.

The FCC has set the hearing aid compatibility standard for handsets. Devices that meet or exceed ANSI (American National Standards Institute) hearing aid compatibility standard are suitable for consumers with impaired hearing.

The devices are rated into: M3-handsets that has satisfied the ANSI standard and M4- handsets that has exceeded the ANSI standard.

However, it is also important to note that the label "hearing aid compatible" is not a guarantee that it will work perfectly for elderly users. The main problem is interference that may cause static buzzing sounds.

It is also important to remember that non-rated handset may also work with hearing aids.

Here is a list of the hearing aid compatible cell phones for seniors that I've featured on this blog:

  • LG VX4700
  • Binatone Speakeasy
  • Motorola W259
  • Doro HandlePlus 334 GSM
  • Doro PhoneEasy 410
  • Doro PhoneEasy 345
  • LG LX150
  • Samsung M240
  • Nokia 6085
  • Jitterbug J
  • Motorola V195s
  • Samsung Knack
  • Nokia 2366i
  • Motofone F3
  • Sanyo SCP 7000
  • Nokia 6133
  • LG Flare
  • Pantech Breeze
  • Motorola Buzz
  • Sanyo 7050
  • Motorola i760
  • Motorola i335
  • Verizon Wireless Coupe

That';s it for this post on hearing aid compatible cell phones for seniors. Tune in to this blog for more on mobile phones for the elderly and related topics.

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