Hearing Aid Compatibility: Accessibility Options for the Hard Of Hearing – Part III

Hearing Aid Compatibility: Accessibility Options for the Hard Of Hearing

Taking off from where we left the first part of the blog, we are back with another post, detailing about other options for the hard of hearing segment of society. We detailed out how some mobile phones when used near some hearing devices (hearing aids and cochlear implants), users may sense a buzzing, whining, or droning sound. A few hearing gadgets are extra resistant than others to this interfering sound, and phones also differ in the quantity of interference they produce. Let’s see the level of functionality these handsets exhibit.

  • PDAs (smartphones) generally have advanced features such as expandable memory, enhanced camera, Bluetooth, video, Internet access, touch screen UI, faster processing, email, and full QWERTY keypads to meet the demands of mobile business professionals and consumers.
  • High Tier Phones have features for users, containing Bluetooth, Internet, augmented RAM storage, high-resolution screen, better camera/video, and music/MP3 player. They usually has a contemporary, sleek design, often are slider form factor.
  • Mid-Tier Phones may have a camera, Bluetooth, or Internet access, but are less likely to provide video/music/media player capacity. Design is normally less trendy, tends to be clamshell or flip form factor.
  • Low Tier Phones provide basic wireless telephone characteristics, may not have a camera, Bluetooth, or Internet access, and normally be short of such functionalities like MP3 players and expandable memory. In general useful design suitable for consumers using voice & text only.

Taking it a step further, some of the service providers offer relay service. It provides full telephone accessibility to people who are deaf, hard-of-hearing or speech impaired. Specially skilled and qualified Communication Assistants route relay calls and stay on the line to relay interactions electronically, over a Text Telephone (TTY) or verbally to hearing parties. This valuable communications tool gives all individuals who are deaf, hard-of-hearing or speech impaired the capability to make calls just like any other phone user.

Communicate Via Text: Text messaging, multimedia messaging (MMS) and e-mail are incorporated with, or can be added to the plans. Hard of hearing people can opt for handsets which are SMS and MMS compatible.

Digital Hearing Aids: Most new digital hearing aids use radiofrequency (RF) immune components and are thus more immune to interference.

Consult your service provider or the manufacturer of your phone-sets for information on hearing aid compatibility. If you have query about return or exchange policies and process, contact your service provider or phone company.