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Buying phones for the hearing-impaired

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Buying phones for the hearing-impaired


Accessible volume controls

When buying a phone for the affected person, make sure its voice volume controls are easily accessible, as you will probably need to adjust them quite frequently in order to hear voice calls in crowded or quiet places. Look for mobile phones that have the controls located on the side, instead of within a menu.

Speakerphone features

Many hard-of-hearing individuals find the speakerphone function on mobile phones very useful, as it significantly increases the volume of the call. Although your conversation won’t be private! Many very basic phones won’t have a speakerphone feature, so check before buying to make sure.

Check the volume of ringtone

Make sure the ringtone is loud enough for you to hear. However, if you don’t mind keeping your phone in your pocket, it’s a good idea to set your phone to ‘vibrate’. Nearly all modern mobile phones should have a vibrate feature.

Comfortable texting

SMS texting is very useful if you are hard-of-hearing. But if you plan on sending a lot of texts, make sure your phone’s keypad is easy and comfortable to use and that the phone has predictive texting. Some advanced smartphones, like the HTC Desire, have voice recognition software, converting what you say into a SMS, which you might find more comfortable if your not used to using a keypad (though the accuracy of this technology isn’t always reliable). - Nigerian news, Lifestyle news, naija, Nigeria, West Africa

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