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    Default Phones for the deaf

    An elderly Mate (81) has trouble hearing the phone ringing when he has his Hearing Aids out.

    He also has trouble hearing the speech, but tells me he can hear speech better with his Hearing Aids out.

    Any Suggestions as to what may help?
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    Default Re: Phones for the deaf

    Phones can be set to vibrate ( assuming its a mobile) -- if he has it on his person, he should feel it ring, mine often starts vibrating a second or two before it actually rings.

    How old (good) are the hearing aids ? A person I know in the bowling club has almost invisible aids, they are blu-tooth connected, often think he's gone loopy talking to himself, but he's actually on a call, even though the phone was never heard ( apart from by him) and in his pocket the whole time.

    Just did a quick google search -- This place may be of some help for options https://www.deafquip.co.nz
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    Default Re: Phones for the deaf

    He should also speak with whomever he sees for his hearing check-ups. They may be able to adjust the hearing aid or suggest options.

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    Default Re: Phones for the deaf

    What phone? cell or landline? Guy next door is deaf, completely...he has a doorbell that activates a flashing light, and a phone...although the phone gets ignored unless his daughter answers it. He has a cellphone but uses txt only.

    There are gadgets available for the deaf with landline phones, cell, I don't know...other than vibrate.
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    Default Re: Phones for the deaf

    It might be expensive but even an older iphone and apple watch? or android device and smart watch?

    my apple watch buzzes and rings on my wrist when there's a call. and it's very very loud at full volume. the vibrator is really strong too, and the health features it offers can be great for elderly people.

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    Is something like type talk not available here? My deaf nephew in England used to use that before cellphones became common place. He also has a vibrating smoke alarm installed in his bed because if he turns off his Cochlear implant ha can hear nothing at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wainuitech View Post
    This place may be of some help for options https://www.deafquip.co.nz
    Thanks Wainui,

    He's purchased a Oricom 80 from them so I'll get back on how it goes.

    Thanks to the others who responded also.
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    Default Re: Phones for the deaf

    Update on how the ph is going ?

    I can no longer use a landline for various reasons, cant here them is the main reason. I also struggle with clock alarms, me cell ph is not loud enough as a alarm, so relying on a on digital clock which is only just loud enough to wake me.
    I have to use my cell on speaker ph. Life being hearing impaired sux.

    Im not trying to be difficult it just comes naturally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beetle View Post
    Update on how the ph is going ?

    I can no longer use a landline for various reasons, cant here them is the main reason. I also struggle with clock alarms, me cell ph is not loud enough as a alarm, so relying on a on digital clock which is only just loud enough to wake me.
    I have to use my cell on speaker ph. Life being hearing impaired sux.

    Iíve just spoken with my deaf mate and he is as happy as a dog with two tails with his new phone.

    However, it wouldnít suit you because itís for Landlines.

    Personally, I think Jenís earlier suggestion of consulting the experts might be your best bet.
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    And have you noticed? People are not deaf anymore. That's not PC. People are hearing impaired.

    It's the same with blind people. No longer are they blind. You're not allowed to say blind anymore. Like deaf, blind people are visually impaired. What a load of rubbish!
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