Hearing aids are an incredible device enabling millions of sufferers of hearing loss to regain some previous faculties. However, some hearing aid users can find that using a traditional telephone can be somewhat complicated by having a hearing aid in ones ear. To help alleviate this issue, hearing aid compatible phones have been manufactured which incorporate a few design features aimed at improving the user experience of those with hearing aids.
The Wonder Of The Telecoil
A device called a telecoil installed in hearing aids allows them to interface with hearing aid compatible phones. When in use, the telecoil inside the hearing aid picks up sounds from magnetic signals transmitted by the phone. The sounds are then amplified and produced by the hearing aid for the listener.
Instead of simply amplifying all incoming sounds, like a standard hearing aid would, the telecoil hearing aid actually only picks up the signal from the phone when it is in use. That means it provides a much more crisp and audible listening experience.
1. Siemens Gigaset Premium E370A Big Button Cordless Phone
Our first pick for hearing aid compatible phones is the Gigaset E370A. This big button cordless phone is actually an adapted version of our top cordless phone of 2019, the Gigaset C570A. It still includes many of the features which make that model so popular, as well as boasting a veyr stylish design. But it has also been modified with elderly users and the hard of hearing in mind. The handset is fully hearing aid compatible thanks to an inductive coupler capable of transmitting to a telecoil hearing aid device.
In addition to its hearing aid compatibility, the E370A includes an extra-loud volume setting. There is also a loudspeaker, which can be used to talk comfortably hands-free. It is available with up to six handsets.
2. Gigaset E560A Cordless Phone with Big Buttons
Our next choice is another stylish premium offering from Gigaset. The Gigaset E560A is jam packed with all the bells and whistles while still remaining hearing aid compatible. The sleek handset is equipped with a brilliant large display, which can be used to navigate the phones many features. These include using the digital answering machine, updating your phone book and utilise the phones range of call handling features.
Like all Gigaset cordless phones, the E560A has superb sound quality, even on loudspeaker. Further benefits include an “Extra Loud” key for an instant boost in volume, and unique SOS emergency functions designed for more vulnerable disabled or elderly users.
3. BT 4000 Big Button Cordless Phone
The final entry on our list is the BT 4000. It is admittedly more basic than the Gigaset option above, since it doesn't have an answering machine or colour display. However, it does come with a range of features that make it an excellent choice for elderly users. For one thing, it has extra-large buttons and jumbo text to make it easier to use. It also includes an extra-loud volume setting and a built-in loudspeaker. But what really makes the BT 4000 stand out is its call-blocking feature. BT always excel in this area, and the BT 4000 is no exception, filtering out up to 100% of nuisance calls. With cold calls to elderly users on the rise, this is definitely something to consider.
Whichever phone you might choose, it’s good to know that hearing loss can be reverted at least partially.