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Amplified Telephones Although many telephones are made for the deaf and hard of hearing, most involve a TTY service and extra monthly fee for the transcription and type service that accompanies this type of phone. If you are not deaf or have not completely lost your hearing this type of phone is not really for you. There are other options. Some of those options include phones that have buttons to amplify sound. In short, you can crank up the volume of the incoming calls so that you can hear them at a comfortable level and you are not straining to hear the people on the other end. Another option that is available is the phones that connect by Bluetooth technology directly into your hearing aids. This makes it possible to hear a normal call without turning the volume up or removing your hearing aids. The last choice in amplified telephone technology gives the listener hearing aid earphones that are plugged into the phone like standard earphones but change the sound as it crosses through the hearing aids themselves. Whichever option is right for you depend on the hearing aid you choose. A hearing aid specialist can explain the difference between the different kinds of amplified telephones and how they work with the hearing aids you pick to wear. Also, they depend on the amount of hearing loss you have and what works best for you and your current level of activity and lifestyle. These are all important things to discuss with your hearing aid provider at the time of your hearing aid fitting, and if you are concerned about price of amplified telephones, it is also important to check with your medical insurance or Medicare to see if additional hearing devices are covered.

Hearing Center of Broward 3170 N. Federal Hwy., Ste. 208, Lighthouse Point, FL 33064, 954-943-9020 5975 N Federal Highway, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, 33308, (954) 633-7374 4887 Coconut Creek Parkway, Coconut Creek, Florida, 33063, (954) 633-8630

June 2012 Amplified Telephones