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Phones for the hearing impared?

 
 
roger
 
Reply Fri 19 Apr, 2013 03:31 pm
I've found this one http://www.clarityphones.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=57, but haven't found anyone locally with one avaliable for an actual demonstration.

If anyone has experience with this or others, I would like to hear from you.
 
ehBeth
 
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Reply Fri 19 Apr, 2013 03:46 pm
@roger,
Hopefully hamburgboy will drop by. He's got a few things to say on the topic.
Baldimo
 
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Reply Fri 19 Apr, 2013 04:00 pm
@roger,
My son uses http://www.sorensonvrs.com/?gclid=CKvHrIHd17YCFQVU4AodlTAAFQ for his phone calls. They have live interperters who have headsets on and talk for you when you call non-deaf people. If know people who have a VRS system you can call them directly. I don't know what the cost is, we received ours for free years ago as a promotion. Since he is now a teenager he primarily uses either his iPod (face time) or his cell phone for texting.
roger
 
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Reply Fri 19 Apr, 2013 04:34 pm
@ehBeth,
I am always ready to listen to Hamburger
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roger
 
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Reply Fri 19 Apr, 2013 04:36 pm
@Baldimo,
Thanks. The problem isn't that severe. I need help with higher frequencies, and the very soft voiced people. I doubt anything will help with the mumblers.
Butrflynet
 
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Reply Fri 19 Apr, 2013 04:50 pm
@roger,
You might consider an internet phone in which you can wear headphones. You'll be able to adjust the volume to almost anything you want and, with some sound cards, can also adjust the treble and bass in an equalizer.
Baldimo
 
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Reply Fri 19 Apr, 2013 05:09 pm
@roger,
Sorry for the confusion.

Here is a store here in Colorado that I'm sure does internet shipping. They specialize in products for the deaf and hard of hearing. We have purchased an alarm clock and fire alarm from them. Good products. Haven't had to use the fire alarm yet. Wink

http://www.adcohearing.com/
ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 19 Apr, 2013 05:39 pm
@roger,
Roger, the phone I hear by far the best with is a now fairly old (not sure, 6 years?) AT&T 210. It was very cheap (19.99? or less), has no bells and whistles - but I can hear most people much much better with it. Alas, no caller i.d., no answer device, no nada. I keep it though, so I can resort to calling soft voiced people back on it if I have answered them with one of my fancier phones.

So - I think the AT & T stores probably have demo phones.. or do they? Never have been to one. Maybe you need some better phone, though, this was just a thought.
roger
 
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Reply Fri 19 Apr, 2013 05:57 pm
@Baldimo,
I've marked the site. There's many I haven't seen at amazon. Still, I'm hoping for someone that has actually used one of the phones. It's a big investment if it doesn't help; small change if it does.
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roger
 
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Reply Fri 19 Apr, 2013 06:02 pm
@ossobuco,
The AT&T phone I have is better for me than most of the more expensive models. Not ideal, but better than most. I spend too much time talking to little, old ladies with faded voices to get much benefit from it. Now, if I knew of a cell phone that were as good as the cheapie AT&T model, I would be delighted - if it were on the TracPhone network.
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roger
 
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Reply Fri 19 Apr, 2013 06:05 pm
@Butrflynet,
Headphones can be very good, but not all my calls are outgoing.
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hamburgboy
 
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Reply Fri 19 Apr, 2013 06:10 pm
@roger,
roger ,

" the hearing loss association of america " has some info on telephones

available : http://www.hearingloss.org/content/telephones

i suggest you also check to see if they have an office / store near by .

my hearing loss is moderate at this time so i have an inexpensive " vtech "

phone with adjustable volume ( $ 50 ) that serves me quite well .

i just got my first hearing aid about a month ago and it has all kinds of fancy

settings on its volume controller ( phone , music , blu-ray ) - i think i'll need

an engineering degree to get the hang of it ( i just leave it on its standard

setting ) .

if you think i can be of help , just let me know .

btw even with the hearing aid i still find it difficult to find the correct setting

if i'm speaking with more than two people ( of course , it's easy if you want

to " tune out " ; if there are too many people blabbering around .

a click of the button and you'll enjoy " serenety " . Wink )
roger
 
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Reply Fri 19 Apr, 2013 06:20 pm
@hamburgboy,
My obsolete aids only have three settings. They are bad, not so good, and terrible. Okay, four settings if you count 'mute'. I'm hoping to get the not so good improved as the local hospital's audiology lab says they can still program my model. The local shop is just incapable of doing the job.

As for phones, it looks like Baldimo's link has the biggest selection, but they're in the Denver area, so I would have to take a chance on an internet order.
dlowan
 
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Reply Sat 20 Apr, 2013 07:42 pm
@roger,
Good luck with it, hope you get something that really helps!
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cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Sat 20 Apr, 2013 07:53 pm
@roger,
I would think that voice can be translated into the written word. I know I can talk to my computer to get some programs.

You might look into this URL.
http://web-japan.org/trends/11_sci-tech/sci120126.html
roger
 
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Reply Sat 20 Apr, 2013 07:58 pm
@cicerone imposter,
Well, it's not so bad I need it in writing. I just want more volumn and somewhat more clarity. Thanks for the idea, but at least for now, it would be overkill.
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Sat 20 Apr, 2013 09:10 pm
@roger,
We all have some deafness if we used loud volumes to listen to music when we were young. While in the USAF, I made a hifi set from those assembly sets, and we listened to music at high volumes. Now, my hearing isn't so good; my wife tells me that the volume on the tv is too loud when I watch some movies (VCR and DVD's) before I sleep. I use headphones when she wants to sleep.

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roger
 
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Reply Thu 25 Apr, 2013 08:30 pm

I didn't form an opinion on phones, but here's an interesting discovery for my hard of hearing acquaintences in New Mexico:

http://www.cdhh.state.nm.us/TEDP.aspx

It seems the hearing impared can receive a phone and two accessories from the state, and this seems to be a nationwide program paid for by one of those nasty little taxes you can find on your landline bill. This is not a gift; it is a three year loan.

The site Baldimo recommended, and Amazon have bigger selections, but I've got an idea that after three years I will have an idea of whether the device is useful.

They require a current audiologist's report of some sort, and you have to certify that <hee hee> that your annual income <ha ha> does not exceed 50,000.

ETA: Medicare, whether with Medicaid or not covers hearing evaluations.
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Thu 25 Apr, 2013 08:37 pm
@roger,
I'm not sure about MediCaid, but MediCare does provide for hearing aides.
roger
 
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Reply Thu 25 Apr, 2013 08:41 pm
@cicerone imposter,
I've been told Medicare does not, and I have that from the audiologist at the hospital. An example of what I've run into is that they do cover the evaluation. I've an appointment for adjustment of my old aids, and they tell me I will have to pay that myself.

Thanks for the tip, though. I'll look into it and hope she is wrong and you are right.
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