Hearing Impaired Telephone

Despite the name, hearing impaired telephones aren’t made exclusively for people who are medically diagnosed for the hearing impaired. Neither are the phones themselves hearing impaired, as the name implies. Hearing impaired telephones can be used for anybody who has a hard time hearing a normal phone, as this problem has become more poignant for many people, whether because of they’re born with hearing impairment, or just lose some hearing because of loud noises or age. Hearing impaired phones are made in many different ways, and there are a lot of options to people who are in any way hard of hearing.

Hearing impaired telephones, or telephones for the hard of hearing, can be made in several different ways. However, there are two basic distinctions: telephones that amplify noise, and phones that convert sound into text. Phones with amplified speakers are fairly easy to find – usually, any store that specializes in phones will have one of these. In many cases, they aren’t even classified as hearing impaired phones, as many people who need them aren’t officially diagnosed as being hearing impaired. They are built for people who are merely having a hard time hearing their phones. These are the most popular option for people who can still hear fairly well, but just have a hard time understanding people over the phone.

There are a few different types of phone amplifiers. For cell phones and wireless home phones, the most convenient option is a headset. This has three advantages: the headphones block out distracting peripheral noise, they’re conveniently small, and the sound goes directly into the ear, making it easier o hear. That’s far from the only option, however. Another option is a dedicated amplified phone, which is essentially just a phone with a louder speaker. These are available for both wireless and wired home phones, but less often for cell phones, as they require more power and can be distracting in a mobile setting.

The other type of hearing impaired telephones is phones that convert speech into text, is better for people who have more advanced problems with their hearing. Speech to text phones are commonly known as telecommunications devices for the deaf (TDD) or telephone to telephone typewriters (TTY).These phones weren’t available to most people just 10 years ago, but both software and hardware have advanced since then, making them much more available and affordable. Speech to text phones can be easily found online at stores like Amazon or eBay, and there are a lot of different options to choose from for consumers.

A text to speech phone is really more of a computer than a telephone; the voice recognition programming is simply too much for most regular phones to handle. This is slowly changing – some phone companies are now offering captions as a part of their smartphone programming – but the speech recognition programming in these phones is still not quite advanced or popular enough to be a consistently viable alternative. Another reason for the large interface is that it comes with a full keyboard, allowing for fast and accurate typing. It also needs additional programming to convert text back into speech, so that deaf people can “speak” back through the phone.

As technology continues to advance, however, we’ll likely see text to speech phones continue to become smaller and more mobile. The biggest handicap to this is the keyboard, which prevents a lot of users from typing at an optimal speed for conversation. However, for short conversations or for people who truly need to talk on the run consistently, the developing mobile scene for hearing impaired telephones will continue to grow.

This Hearing Impaired Telephone Review is Written/Updated on Aug 13th, 2010 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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