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Best Phone for Hard of Hearing & Best Phone for Hard of Hearing Seniors UK

Paul Harrison Hearing Aid UK Founder & Audiologist
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Paul Harrison

Audiology Expert & Founder

Updated: 18th July 2023
Best Phone for Hard of Hearing UK

Best Phone for Hard of Hearing & Best Telephones for Hard of Hearing

Researching different types of telephones for hard of hearing?

 

There are various hard-of-hearing phones available

In today's market, there are various styles of phones for hard of hearing and the choice you make is often dictated by your personal specifications, like your level of hearing loss and even level of sight.  They range from basic devices to premium phones that will cost you more but offer more features that will assist and improve your communication with loved ones.

Most hearing aids that we supply can also have a matching landline phone produced by the same manufacturer which will help to provide the most effective hearing possible for you on the phone. Contact us if this is something you wish to discuss, or if you just wanted general information about phones then read below. 

 

Modern-day phones for hard of hearing

The phones for hard of hearing have come a long way and now they work very similar to hearing aids in regards to filtering unwanted background noise, so words are more clear.  Modern hard of hearing phones cater to varying levels of losses and can really improve the quality of your communication and lifestyle.  However, if you have a more severe loss you will probably need one that offers a larger dB volume so you can successfully communicate.  

 

Widex PHONE DEX Hard of Hearing Cordless Phone

A great example of a cordless phone would be the Widex PHONE DEX - a telephone for hard of hearing, seen in the image below.  This type of telephone is designed for people with hearing loss.  You can pair it with your hearing aids or use it as a conventional phone as well. 

While landline phones for hearing loss don't offer the freedom of smartphones, they do offer those additional features like very loud ringers and lights that indicate an incoming call.  Telephones for hard of hearing like this one, provide you with excellent speech understanding in both ears. 

 

Key features of this particular model include:

  • Range - Around 300 metres
  • Contacts - 50 numbers
  • Standby - 100 hours
  • Call-time battery - 10 hours

Best phones for hard of hearing 

Landline phones for hard of hearing 

Here are a few more specifics to consider when choosing a cordless phone for hearing loss:

  • Can you control the volume?
  • Does it include incoming call indicators like a flashing light or vibrations?
  • Does it have a speech to text/caption feature/screen?
  • Can you text from the phone as well or use a type pad?

 

Examples of Phones for Hard of Hearing Mobiles

What is the Doro phone?   We have a lot of queries about the best phones for hard of hearing and dexterity.  We thought it might be beneficial to talk a little bit about the Doro mobile, as it is such a great example and patients have liked the simplicity of the technology. 

The Doro phone is a user-friendly mobile phone that appeals to those who are hard of hearing, have trouble with dexterity, vision impairment and ideal for the older generation who are active.  They are designed and created with seniors in mind with a louder sound, large buttons, separated keys and digital hearing aid compatibility. 

The Doro phone's main priority is to make life easier for the elder generation, giving them and the ones they love peace of mind.  However, they do also appeal to all ages as they are great for those who have difficulty with sight.  Bigger buttons also allow for a more simple solution for communicating.

 

What’s so different about the Doro mobile phones for hard of hearing and difficulty with sight?

  • Large button mobile phone.
  • Fall alerts.
  • GPS integration – So family members can locate you if needed.
  • SOS button – You can contact your family and friends in case of an emergency.
  • Remote Assistance – For mobile phone assistance directly, like adjust your phone settings.
  • Responder smartphone app – For all additional features.
  • Easy to set up.
  • Bluetooth connectivity (in some models).

 

What type of phone is the Doro?

These mobiles offer the Android smartphone experience combined with an easy-to-use interface, built-in assistance and extra security safety features.  They started off with a lack of the innovative features you’d get with today’s smartphone, like touchscreen displays and high-res cameras – but they are what they are and provide a device that is great for calls and texts for active seniors.

 

The Doro mobile phones of today

Now Doro offers simple smartphones that give consumers the best of both, so you can now benefit from some smartphone features in a user-friendly package – making Doro phones a popular simple mobile phone brand.

 

How much do Doro phones cost?

In today’s market, Doro phones can cost from around £25 to £180 – it all depends on what you want and what you need your mobile phone for.  For instance, if you are wanting to link hearing aids you might be limited on what model you can go for, as not all will be compatible with all hearing aids and - more importantly - the devices you are currently wearing.

 

Doro Mobile

Best Phone for Hard of Hearing & Telephones for Hard of Hearing

Doro Phones for Active Seniors

 

Here are some of the current Doro mobile phones available on the market:

  • Doro 7030 mobile phone
  • Doro 7010 mobile phone
  • Doro 6824 mobile phone
  • Doro 6620 mobile phone
  • Doro 6060 mobile phone
  • Doro 1370 mobile phone
  • Doro 6040 mobile phone
  • Doro 7000H mobile phone
  • Doro 7080 mobile phone
  • Doro 780X mobile phone
  • Doro 730X mobile phone
  • Doro 1360 mobile phone
  • Doro 2404 mobile phone
  • Doro 5516 mobile phone
  • Doro 5860 mobile phone

 

Is a Doro mobile phone worth it?

At the end of the day, like with a lot of technology, you have to way it all up.  What do you want from your phone? What do you need it for?  Do you find using modern smartphones difficult?  It is important to remember that sometimes the cheaper smartphones have numerous features that are tricky to use due to being a lower specifications option.

The best thing to do is visit a mobile phone store and have a look at their Doro phone options, as well as comparing them to a cheaper smartphone alternative.  Then ask a member of staff to go through some of the main features you’d use every day and see if the Doro phone is right for you.

 

Best mobiles and best house phones for hard of hearing brands

Here are some more examples of the main phone brands that are ideal for those who are hard of hearing.  They include some of the features of the Doro phone as well as powerful voice and ringer volume, big buttons and adjustable options.

 

  • Geemarc phones for hard of hearing
  • Emporia phones for hard of hearing
  • Swissvoice phones for hard of hearing
  • Amplicomms phones for hard of hearing
  • Ornin phones for hard of hearing
  • Alcatel phones for hard of hearing

 

Best phones for hard of hearing

Best Phone for Hard of Hearing

Hearing aids, hearing loss & smartphones

 

What if I'm a hearing aid wearer and looking for the best phone for hard of hearing?

If you are a hearing aid wearer and are thinking about purchasing a smartphone like the Doro mobile phone, speak to your audiologist as you’ll need to double check your hearing aids are compatible with said device.  Or failing that, what hearing aids are compatible with each Doro model.

 

Consider your options

When looking for a phone for hard of hearing there are various specifics to consider.  Here we look into what options are available and which might be better for you.  To make it easier we have broken guidance into hearing loss levels. 

 

  • Best phone for hard of hearing - Mild to moderate hearing loss

If you have this level of hearing loss, which is usually age-related,  you might not need to do anything in particular when using your mobile phone with your devices.  Your hearing aids microphones will just pick up the sound from the phone.  That being said, you are more than likely going to get some degree of background noise here.

 

  • Best phone for hard of hearing - Profound hearing loss

If you have this kind of severe hearing loss and frequently use your mobile you would naturally desire clear speech and sound.  We would recommend wearing hearing aids that include Bluetooth for that extra boost and a telecoil feature. 

Hearing aids which include telecoil can direct sound to the devices processing technology without the need for a microphone.  It also offers a much-improved signal to noise ratio, as well as reducing feedback.

 

Hearing Aids and Smartphone Bluetooth Connectivity - Hearing aids and iPhone and Android compatibility

From experience, many of our patients who have hearing loss and wear hearing aids opt to use their smartphones to communicate everyday at home and on the go rather than purchasing a phone specifically for hard of hearing.  They connect and pair their iPhone or Android mobiles (as well as other wireless devices) to their hearing aids and stream calls, audio and much more via Bluetooth technology.

They can also manage their hearing aid devices by boosting their hearing in a challenging environment or adjusting settings and volume.  They generally have a cordless phone for hard of hearing at home for landline calls.  All modern hearing aids have Bluetooth and offer premium connectivity and connection to loved ones.

More on Bluetooth and smartphone technology here

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This article was written by audiology expert Paul Harrison

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Common FAQs when researching hearing aids and hearing loss

Is this the best model for me?

If you are looking at this page then it is likely that an audiologist has suggested that you purchase this particular hearing aid, so is this the best model for you?

In general, any audiologist will always be recommending to you the model that best suits your needs. Here is a useful check list to make sure that is the case.

  • Audiologist level of knowledge. The audiologist you have seen will hopefully have a wide knowledge of all available hearing aids, however some will only be familiar with a small number of brands and therefore may not really be in a position to know which model is the best for you. It is OK to challenge their recommendation and ask them to justify why this particular brand is the one for you.
  • Do research. Read about the hearing aid that was recommended. Does it seem like it will suit your lifestyle? Does it have more or less features than you need? 
  • Be aware of sales targets. Many high street retailers have specific tie-ins to a particular manufacturer/brand. The hearing aid they have suggested may still be the correct one for you, but do your research so that you know why they might have recommended it.

If in doubt, feel free to give us a call. That's what we're here for.

Do I need one hearing aid or two?

If you have a significant hearing loss in both ears, you should be wearing two hearing aids. Here are the audiological reasons why:

Localisation. The brain decodes information from both ears and compares and contrasts them. By analysing the miniscule time delays as well as the difference in loudness of each sound reaching the ears, the person is able to accurately locate a sound source. Simply put, if you have better hearing on one side than the other, you can't accurately tell what direction sounds are coming from.

Less amplification required. A phenomena known as “binaural summation” means that the hearing aids can be set at a lower and more natural volume setting than than if you wore only one hearing aid.

Head shadow effect. High frequencies, the part of your hearing that gives clarity and meaning to speech sounds, cannot bend around your head. Only low frequencies can. Therefore if someone is talking on your unaided side you are likely to hear that they are speaking, but be unable to tell what they have said.

Noise reduction. The brain has it’s own built in noise reduction which is only really effective when it is receiving information from both ears. If only one ear is aided, even with the best hearing aid in the world, it will be difficult for you to hear in background noise as your brain is trying to retain all of the sounds (including background noise) rather than filtering it out.

Sound quality. We are designed to hear in stereo. Only hearing from one side sounds a lot less natural to us.

What are the benefits of rechargeable hearing aids?

For most people, the main benefit of a rechargeable hearing aid is simple convenience. We are used to plugging in our phones and other devices overnight for them to charge up. 

For anybody with poor dexterity or issues with their fingers, having a rechargeable aid makes a huge difference as normal hearing aid batteries are quite small and some people find them fiddly to change.

One downside is that if you forget to charge your hearing aid, then it is a problem that can't be instantly fixed. For most a 30 minute charge will get you at least two or three hours of hearing, but if you are the type of person who is likely to forget to plug them in regularly then you're probably better off with standard batteries.

Rechargeable aids are also a little bit bigger and are only available in behind the ear models.

Finally, just like with a mobile phone, the amount of charge you get on day one is not going to be the same as you get a few years down the line. Be sure to ask what the policy is with the manufacturer warranty when it comes to replacing the battery.

 

Are behind the ear aids better than in the ear aids?

For most people, the answer is yes. But it's never that simple.

The majority of hearing problems affect the high frequencies a lot more than the low ones. Therefore open fitting hearing aids sound a lot more natural and ones that block your ears up can make your own voice sound like you are talking with your head in a bucket. Therefore in-ear aids tend to be less natural.

However the true answer is we can't tell until we have had a look in your ears to assess the size of your ear canal, and until we have tested your hearing to see which frequencies are being affected.

People with wider ear canals tend to have more flexibility, also there are open fitting modular CIC hearing aids now that do not block your ears.

There is also the age old rule to consider, that a hearing aid will not help you if it's sat in the drawer gathering dust. If the only hearing aid you would be happy wearing is one that people can't see, then that's what you should get.

Most people can adapt to any type of hearing aid, as long as they know what to expect. Have an honest conversation with your audiologist as to what your needs are.

What are channels, and how many do I need?

Generally speaking, six or more. Unless it's none at all.

The number of channels a hearing aid has is often a simplistic way an audiologist will use to explain why one hearing aid is better than another, but channels are complex and it is really not that straightforward.

Hearing aids amplify sounds of different frequencies by different amounts. Most people have lost more high frequencies than low and therefore need more amplification in the high frequencies. The range of sounds you hear are split into frequency bands or channels and the hearing aids are set to provide the right amount of hearing at each frequency level.

Less than six channels and this cannot be done with much accuracy, so six is the magic number. However, a six channel aid is typically very basic with few other features and is suitable only for hearing a single speaker in a quiet room. The number of channels is not what you should be looking at, it's more the rest of the technology that comes with them.

As a final note, different manufacturers have different approaches. One method is not necessarily better than any other. For example some manufacturers have as many as 64 channels in their top aids. Most tend to have between 17 and 20. One manufacturer has no channels at all.

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