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hearing impaired-cell phones

by lasvegas / December 9, 2004 1:57 PM PST

Can anyone give me some help on type of cell phone that would be more useful for person with hearing loss and using hearing aids?
Cell phones can cause disturbance or static when put up to hearing aids that the person hears as well as the intended voice on phone. Also any suggestions on particular cell phones that have higher volumn.
I realize this does not relate to most all out there, but maybe someone in similar situation can offer help.
Thank you,
Las Vegas

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I can only suggest you use a headset.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 9, 2004 9:19 PM PST

The Plantronics models are nice.


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hearing aid - cell phones
by JohnofPS / December 23, 2004 7:59 PM PST

If your hearing aid contains a T-coil you might check into Nokia cell phones and the Nokia LPS-1 Loopset. I have a Nokia 5190 with the loopset and have great luck with it. The loopset transmit directly to the hearing aid once the hearing aid is put in telephone mode thereby creating a handsfree cell connection.

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by bif / January 14, 2005 1:32 AM PST

If my hearing aids are automatic t-coil aids (they automaticly go into telephone mode when you put a hearing aid compatible phone to your ear) will the loops still work?

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Hearng Impaired help
by MCKYMOUSE0322 / January 31, 2005 4:56 AM PST

I know that you can find cell phone help for hearing impaired @ or 800-288-8303

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Cell phones and hearing aids
by jkeer3741 / April 8, 2005 4:19 AM PDT

They are digital and unless you have digital h/a it will make your life hell.

I suggest you go with VERIZON
I was with them but they did not offer any new deals so my wife switched to CIngular b ecause they told her "All our phones are hearing aide compatible). They lied right threw their teeth. Then when I was having trouble finding a phone, they tried to charge me for the phone when they said I could have a new one. I told them that under the ADA and the FCCA, THEY HAVE TO PROVIDE SAME SERVICES EQUAL TO THE PERSON'S ABILITIES.
They tried to get me to take a cheep phone and wear one of their gross neck loops that displayed HEARING IMPAIRED like the old time horns deaf people held to their ears. GO WITH ANALOG...

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Cell Phone For Hearing Impaired
by Jerry49 / July 26, 2005 6:13 AM PDT

I'm a hearing aid user.
I have the t-coil on my hearing aid, it works with a telephone.
CDMA is the only cell service that works with the t-coil.

Sprint is CDMA

GSM will not work with hearing aids.

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Hearing Impaired cell phones & HATIS
by kentsc / August 12, 2005 3:35 AM PDT

I am hearing impaired and wear hearing aids with the t-coil setting.

My experience and search for cell phones took me on a rocky road two years ago, although providers are getting better at complying with ADA policies.

What's already been said on the forum is also what I found in my research. CDMA technology (Verizon, Sprint) works with hearing aids, while GSM (Cingular T-mobile) still produces too much frequency interference. Until GSM providers make cell phones with more shields by something like 2007, the only way to go is CDMA.

My provider is Verizon and my current phone is LG 6100 which has a speakerphone with a very loud volume which I use with the cellphone held close to my ear/hearing aid. To make more private phone calls, I use HATIS headset. Hatis are headsets strictly manufactured to work with hearing aids and it is an excellent product. My model is the Freedom. Verizon used to carry them, but no longer. You might still ask the Verizon stores because if they have old stock, you might get them for far less than the $150 price tag. It is worth the money because you can use this with the cordless phones and all makes of cell phones. It is also a discreetly and well designed headset unlike the neckloop in looks and quality of sound. Hearing aid wearers cannot use standard earbud that plugs in your ear for obvious reasons. Hatis comes with a C that hooks outside your ear right next to the hearing aid and delivers sound through your T-coil directly to your hearing aid. Link below, happy shopping.

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