Find the right phone for you with help from this guide.
When you’re shopping for anything, it’s nice to have a lot of choices—but it can also make it difficult to decide between them! It’s no different when it comes to hearing aid compatible telephones. There are a variety of options out there, but you want to be sure you’re choosing the right one for you.
To help, here are four key steps to choosing the right hearing aid telephone for you:
- Consider a captioned hearing aid telephone
- Decide if you’d like an Internet-based or analog model
- Look for plenty of customization options
- Make a list of other nice-to-have features
Keep reading to learn about hearing aid compatible telephones and how to settle on the right one for your needs.
Consider a captioned hearing aid telephone
CapTel captioned telephones come with a screen that can display your caller’s words using a no-cost captioning service.. Having a caption-capable hearing aid telephone offers you the best of both worlds because you can listen and read captions of the conversation at the same time. With CapTel, you can also turn captioning on or off during a call, giving you the option of using captions when you need to, and turning them off when you don’t.
Decide if you’d like an Internet-based or analog model
Do you have high-speed Internet where you live? If so, you’ll have more options while choosing a hearing aid compatible telephone. Most CapTel phone models are Internet-based, meaning they connect to both your phone service and the Internet to provide captions to your phone quickly and efficiently. However, if you don’t have Internet service at home, standard analog hearing aid telephones are also available, like the CapTel 840 model. This hearing aid compatible telephone only requires a traditional phone line, analog telephone service and a standard electrical outlet.
Look for plenty of customization options
Every person with hearing loss is unique, and their hearing aid telephone should adjust to their needs instead of the other way around. Here are some of the customization options to look for in a hearing aid telephone:
- Volume control and amplification – These are essential features in a hearing loss phone so that you can tailor it to your needs and preferences. Amplified hearing aid telephones can be turned louder than standard telephones, so your hearing aid can pick up the sound.
- Tone control – One of the other important features to look for is tone control, or frequency control. Some people with hearing loss hear certain frequencies better than others, so it’s extremely helpful to customize your phone’s frequency ranges to get the best sound quality for you.
- Extras – Check hearing aid telephones for additional customization options like changing the font size and color on caption display screens, so it’s easy for you to read along with your conversation.
You’ll find that CapTel captioned phones for hearing loss have all these features and more already built-in.
Make a list of other nice-to-have features
When choosing a hearing aid telephone, there are a few bells and whistles that can level up the phone that much more. For instance, the CapTel 2400i hearing aid compatible telephone model has cool tech features including a large touch-screen display, the ability to dial by picture, and Bluetooth® wireless technology, so you can connect to a Bluetooth device instead of using the phone’s handset.
If you have any other specific features you’d like from a hearing aid telephone, jot them down as you research to help you find a great match! All CapTel hearing aid telephones come with important features like amplification up to 40dB, volume and frequency control, a built-in phone book to store your contacts, and an adjustable screen to display captions for live phone calls and messages. Some other features of our models can vary.
Learn more tips and benefits of hearing aid compatible telephones in our previous article and click here to shop our selection of captioned hearing aid compatible telephones.