Phone For The Deaf

A phone for the deaf uses state-of-the-art technology to help you talk with others in the comfort of your home. Whether you've been deaf since early childhood or you've lost the ability to hear due to age or an illness, a phone for hearing loss can be a priceless tool.

With features like visible ringer alerts, adjustable volume, and voice carry over that address various levels of hearing loss, you can catch all the messages that affect you.

How do I Know if I Need a Phone for the Deaf?

It's not always easy to tell when you're losing the ability to detect sounds. The change is often gradual, especially when it's caused by aging.  Sound is transmitted to your nervous system by tiny hair cells in the inner ear.

Over the course of a lifetime, these delicate cells can be damaged or destroyed. Lost hair cells do not grow back, which means that age-related deafness is usually irreversible. These warning signs may alert you that you need a special communication device:

  • You miss appointments or social events because you didn't hear the phone ring or because you couldn't understand a caller's voice.
  • You have to turn off the television, radio, or other sources of sound in the room in order to hear the caller speak.
  • You keep turning up the volume on your traditional telephone, but the caller's words still sound soft or muffled.
  • You frequently have to ask to have certain words repeated when you're talking with someone.

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After the age of 45, hearing impairment becomes more common. The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders estimates that 18 percent of Americans between the ages of 45 and 64 and 30 percent of Americans between the ages of 65 and 74 have this disability.

After the age of 74, this number rises to 47 percent. If you've noticed changes in your ability to hear, phones for the disabled can help you have pleasant, natural conversations.

How Can I Have Productive Conversations?

New assistive products accommodate people with all degrees of deafness. If you have a mild disability, a phone for the deaf with amplification features may be all you need to facilitate your calls.

If you have moderate or total deafness, VCO phones let you use your own voice to speak to others, while the caller's replies are displayed in text. This option lets you speak naturally into the device, as you would with a conventional telephone.

Many systems for the deaf utilize a Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) to translate vocal sounds. TRS includes a group of technologies that allow you to receive and relay spoken messages as typed words.

The caller's words are converted into text by an operator service so that you can read the caller's message on a visual display. Your own reply is then translated from text into speech.

Advanced telecommunication equipment such as the various phones described give you the freedom to interact with others without missing a word.

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Related Links

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders "Quick Statistics." Updated June 6, 2010.

US National Library of Medicine. "Age-Related Hearing Loss." Reviewed December 13, 2010.




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