Review and Details
A big button cordless phone that talks - announces incoming caller and repeats numbers and button functions as they are pressed.
- Large buttons are back lit for nighttime use
- Says numbers out loud
- Boosts incoming & outgoing volume
- Loud ringer with flashing light
- Hearing aid compatible
- Has a few more buttons than some seniors need
(This product is featured in my guide to the best cordless phones for seniors – read by clicking here)
This cordless phone has a lot of features that will benefit most seniors and the elderly. Seniors with moderate to severe hearing loss, poor vision, and mobility issues will benefit greatly from a cordless phone like this one.
Here is a summary of those features:
Large, Clear Buttons
The buttons on this phone are big and easy to see. They are also backlit for use in the dark or at night. The dial pad even talks to the user while they are using it by saying the numbers or function of the button out loud.
But, there are several more buttons on this phone than I usually recommend. Just be aware of that if you choose this phone. It may confuse seniors with dementia or Alzheimer’s
This phone has several “talking” features that can help seniors – especially those with vision problems.
First, the caller ID announces out loud who is calling. This is a very convenient feature for call screening or avoiding telemarketers.
The phone also announces the number or function of a button as it is pressed. This could help reduce errors while using the phone.
The ringer volume is extra loud with three different tones you can use. There is also a flashing red light on the phone and handset when the phone rings too. Another great feature for people who may have trouble hearing ringers
Boosts Incoming and Outgoing Sound
I really like that this phone uses two-way boosting.
The receiver boosts incoming calls by up to 50 dB which is one of the larger volume boosts of the phones I have reviewed.
But, it also boosts outgoing volume by up to 15dB. This is good for seniors who are low talkers or mumblers if you have trouble hearing them when they call.
Hearing Aid Compatible
Yes! It is hearing aid compatible and TIA-1083 compliant.
This model includes a speakerphone too which some seniors would rather use because of the increased volume a speakerphone offers. My grandmother talked to everyone on her speakerphone then held it up to her ear.
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Manufacturer Specs: (source)
- Hear clearly with DCP™ digital amplification up to 50 decibels and three (3) tone settings
- Amplifies outgoing speech up to 15 decibels for others to hear you better
- Loud and clear speakerphone for hands-free conversations
- Talking Caller ID announces the phone number and/or name of the incoming caller
- Illuminated talking dial pad with large buttons that speak the number that is pushed
- Extra loud, flashing ringer with adjustable tones and voicemail indicator
- Hearing aid compatible and TIA-1083 compliant
- Direct connection to assistive listening devices or headset (2.5mm or 3.5mm)
- Dual Power Battery Backup lets you make calls when the power is out (included)
- One (1) year warranty
This cordless phone has many features that will benefit seniors. The buttons are easy to see and use. I can see some real benefits with the talking features but I can also see some seniors being put off by that. This phone will help seniors with poor hearing.
But, overall, it is a bit more complicated than some of the others. I wouldn’t use this one with someone developing dementia.