DESKTOP AMPLIFIED PHONES

Individuals with mild to severe hearing loss can take advantage of amplified telephones designed with built-in amplifiers, tone and frequency adjustments, loud ringers up to 95 dB and maximum of 55 dB volume gain. Traditional desktop phones are available as well as cordless phones.  TAP for Telephone does not provide wireless pagers, PDA phones nor Video Phones for individuals.

Geemarc Ampli 550

Geemarc Ampli 550
  • Digital amplified telephone for people with moderate to severe hearing loss
  • Talking Caller ID
  • Talking keys
  • Adjustable volume control (up to 40dB)
  • Adjustable receiving tone control (±10dB)
  • Full duplex amplified speakerphone
  • Extra Large easy to read display
  • Flashing visual ringer indicator
  • Extra loud audio ringer with three settings
  • Hearing aid compatible

Clarity Alto Plus

Clarity Alto Plus
  • Corded phone is good for mild to severe hearing loss
  • Good for people with low vision

Features:

  • ClarityLogic™
  • Up to 53dB amplification
  • Tone control
  • Loud 100dB ringer with visual indicator
  • Speakerphone
  • Outgoing speech amplification of 15dB
  • 4″ backlit screen with large font
  • Talking Caller ID
  • Talking keypad with Clarity Voice Assist
  • 3 one-touch memory buttons
  • 2.5mm headset jack
  • 3.5mm neckloop jack
  • Jack for optional bed shaker (not included)
  • Hearing aid compatible
  • TIA4953 and TIA1083 compliant

Geemarc Ampli 60+

Geemarc Ampli 60+

The following are the features of the phone:

  • Loudest amplified phone in TAP Telephone Program
  • Receiving volume control up to 60 dB
  • New improved speaker offering clearer reception
  • Receiving tone control +/- 10dB
  • Hearing aid compatible
  • Speaker volume
  • Extra bright visual ringer indicator (Strobe)
  • Message waiting indicator
  • Headset output
  • Shaker output
  • Big buttom=n keypad
  • Two Emergency memory buttons and 1 customer service button
  • Nine direct memories
  • Adjustable ringer level and tone
  • Last number redial
  • Time break recall and mute
  • Wall mountable

NOTE: ** This is a dangerously loud phone so use with caution!

PORTABLE AMPLIFIED PHONES

  • BT 914
  • XLC 8

VOICE CARRY OVER (VCO) PHONES

The Voice Carry Over (VCO) phone utilizes special technology that combines voice and text communications over the telephone. It allows individuals who have a severe to profound hearing loss who wish to use their own voice, to speak directly to the other person on the telephone, and read the other person’s response on a text display.

CapTel 840 Series – Analog and Internet Based

(must contact TAP office at 800-647-8557 (voice) or 800-647-8558 (TTY) for more information): To qualify for the CapTel, the consumer must have a substational to profound hearing loss with speech discrimination scores of less than 60% in both ears. The consumer must be unable to use an amplified phone. An audiogram/hearing test must be provided at the time of selection. 

CapTel phone

The CapTel phone is a voice carry over phone that utilizes captioning services (3rd party relay). It is available to individuals who are not able to use an amplified phone because of a significant hearing loss and who generally have a speech discrimination score of less than 60% in both ears. Documentation of hearing loss required. Contact Stacy at  sbrady@mo-at.org for more information.

The Captel 840 is to be used by individuals who have traditional analog telephone lines. The CapTel 840i cannot be used on an analog line. TheCapTel 840i is to be used on digital lines with high speed capabilities, such as DSL, VoIP, FoIS, etc.

  • Amplification with volume boost (up to 35dB)
  • Adjustable tone & volume control for optimum sound clarity
  • Ability to review captions during or after a call (approximately 500 lines of conversation can be reviewed in memory after hanging up)
  • 5-line, contrast-controlled liquid crystal display (LCD) screen
  • Speed dialing (3 programmable numbers)
  • Last number redial
  • Adjustable ringer pitch on/off
  • Sound monitoring (graphic meter and signal indicator shows you the loudness of your voice and sounds during a captioned call)
  • 2.5 mm & 3.5 mm audio jacks for use with a neckloop, cochlear implant, patch cord, headset/microphone, and other types of assistive listening devices (Not provided by TAP for Telephone)
  • Spanish to Spanish captioning available
  • “Over the wire” software upgrades (upgrades can be transmitted over your phone line). * The individual is responsible to do updates on a regular basis.

The FCC requires that you be notified regarding the following for Captioned phone use:

  1. The service goes through a relay operator in order for captions to appear.
  2. There is a cost for captioning. The cost is $1.8205 per minute. You are not billed for captioning minutes.
    *You can be billed for long distance charges, these are not captioning charges.
  3. Captions will be in default off mode. You must turn on the captions for each call incoming and outgoing.
  4. You must be unable to benefit from an amplified telephone.
  5. You will be required to register the phone and must provide your last 4 digits of the social security number and your date of birth.

Additionally:

  1. This phone requires manual updates. You are responsible for maintaining the updates or the phone may not work correctly.
  2. There will be delays in the call. This can be confusing for you and the end receiver who may not understand the long pauses. Introduce the person you are calling to this delay early on in the call.
  3. If you have an analog phone, anyone who calls you must dial the 1-877 number (Provided to you with your phone), to reach relay.  The automated system will then ask the caller to enter the number they would like to call followed by the pound sign (#).
  4. If the electricity is out the phone continues to work to make calls but no captioning is available.
  5. If you have digital telephone service and therefore require high speed internet and the internet is down, captions cannot be obtained.

TTYS

A TTY is a specialized telephone (also known as a TDD or TTY) that enables people to use the telephone to communicate by typing messages back and forth to one another instead of talking. A TTY looks much like a typewriter and has a standard keyboard. TTY’s are used with traditional relay services.

Ultratec 4425 TTY

(required analog telephone service, no bundle services.)

Ultratec 4425 TTY

It features direct connect with two built-in telephone jacks and advanced calling features like auto-busy redial, three way calling, and TTY transfer. Call progress tells you if the phone you are calling is ringing or busy. Auto-Answer takes messages for you when you are unavailable. 

The 32k memory lets you save hundreds of telephone numbers, memos, and Auto-Answer messages by name. You can personalize greeting messages, memos, and outgoing Auto-Answer memos. Convenient arrow keys make it easy to review information saved in memory. 

Turbo Code lets you control the speed of your conversations and enjoy “real-time” communication with other Turbo Code TTY’s It also lets you interrupt one another. 

The TTY Announcer lets hearing people know you are on the line. The User-programmable Relay Voice Announcer tells hearing callers to use a TTY or use relay, and gives the phone number for your relay service. Auto ID lets everyone you call know that you are using a TTY. 

SuperPrint 4425 Features: 

  • Built-in, 24-character printer
  • 3 selectable print sizes
  • 32k memory
  • Date/time printed at the beginning of each call
  • Turbo Code® and Auto ID™
  • User-programmable Relay Voice Announcer
  • Direct connect (with 2 jacks) to standard telephone line
  • Built-in ring flasher
  • Call progress
  • Auto-Answer capabilities (with programmable message)
  • Auto-busy redial, Wait for Response and 3-way calling
  • Remote message retrieval
  • Arrow keys for easy review of memory
  • Convenient GA/SK keys
  • Easy-touch greeting memo
  • Tone or pulse dial
  • Keyboard dialing, follow-on dialing, call transfer
  • Memory dialing/redial
  • TTY Announcer™
  • Baudot code (45.5/50 baud rate)
  • Sticky key feature (for single-handed typing)
  • ASCII code is available

AUDITORY LOUD RINGERS

This is an alerting device that increases the volume of the sound of the phone ringing. The signalers allow the user to customize the ring to make it ring high, low or warbled.

Williams Sound RingMax

Williams Sound RingMax

If you have difficulty hearing the telephone ring, the Ringmax can help. The attractive Ringmax allows you to customize the ring to make it easier for you to hear. You can quickly and easily increase the ring volume and set the tone and “warble” to whichever pitch is best for you. 

  • Amplifies ring signal up to 95dB
  • Y-jack and phone cord included
  • 4AA batteries included
  • 4 volume settings
  • 4 tone settings
  • Built-in visual ring signaler

ClearSounds CS-CR200

ClearSounds CS-CR200

Did you just miss another important call?! Your telephone rang, did you hear it? If not, you need this telephone ring signaler. This Loud & Clear Phone Ringer makes missing a call a thing of the past.

Simply connect it to your telephone and when you receive a call the bright flashing strobe and the extra loud ringer are activated. It is guaranteed to grab your attention. You can also purchase the optional vibrating pad so you don’t miss those important telephone calls when you are sleeping or if you need a silent signal that the phone is ringing. Place the vibrating pad under your mattress or pillow and when the telephone rings the pad vibrates to wake up even the deepest sleeper.

Features:

  • Ring signaler offers up to 95dB with various tone levels
  • Bright strobe flashes along with signal tone to attract your attention
  • Jack for optional ClearSounds SHK Vibrating Pad
  • Wall or desk mountable
  • Built-in dual modular phone jack for easy installation
  • Requires an RJ11 modular phone jack and a standard 120V electrical outlet

VISUAL ALERTING DEVICE

Visual signalers are devices that work in conjunction with the ringing of the phone. It lets the user know the phone is ringing by turning sound (the telephone ring) into light.

Sonic Alert TR-75 Visual Telephone Signaler

Sonic Alert TR-75 Visual Telephone Signaler

The Sonic Ring Elite, model TR 75 is our top-of-the-line telephone ring signaler. The sleek, modern case has a lamp on/off button to allow the lamp to be used for signaling and normal room lighting. The ingenious power cord with unique Pluglet (Plug-outlet) allows you to keep your table uncluttered by unsightly lamp cords. There is also an indicator light to remind you to turn on the attached lamp. In addition, its advanced design draws very little phone line power*. The Sonic Ring Elite sends a signal to all Sonic Alert remote receivers.

DEAF/BLIND ALERTING DEVICE

Please visit the  Deaf Blind Equipment Distribution Program web page for these devices.

BLIND/LOW VISION PHONES

Individuals with mild to severe hearing loss can take advantage of amplified telephones designed with built-in amplifiers, tone and frequency adjustments, loud ringers up to 95 dB and maximum of 55 dB volume gain. Traditional desktop phones are available as well as cordless phones.  TAP for Telephone does not provide wireless pagers, PDA phones nor Video Phones for individuals.

Clarity JV-35 Phone

Clarity JV-35 Phone
Clarity JV-35 Phone

The Dialogue JV-35 makes dialing easy with jumbo-size buttons. Its Braille characters help you dial quickly and correctly. The JV-35 announces the numbers you dial for confirmation. When you use a memory button, it even announces the name of the person you are calling. The phone comes equipped with numbers on the dial pad printed in braille and decible gain of 50 dB for those with normal to mild hearing loss. 

  • Jumbo-size buttons with Braille characters
  • Electronic voice announces each number as it is dialed
  • 10 programmable memory buttons
  • Powerful adjustable amplification (37+ dB)
  • Adjustable tone selector
  • Super-loud adjustable ringer (up to 85dB)

PICTURE PHONE

Serene Innovations HD-40P Amplified Photo with Speakerphone

Requires some vision.

Use pictures/colored paper/symbols under preprogrammed picture buttons for speed dialing.

Serene Innovations HD-40P Amplified Photo Phone with Speakerphone

The HD-40P features easy to use photo memory buttons and Serene’s proprietary HDS (High Definition Sound) Technology for un-matched voice clarity, making every word vividly clear and easy to understand virtually without any distortion, echo or squealing sounds.

With its high performance speaker-phone and powerful amplification, this telephone-line powered HD-40P is ideal for people with mild to moderate hearing loss and for those who would benefit from the ease and convenience of photo dialing and hands-free operation.

  • HDS (High-Definition Sound) Technology for unmatched clarity, a new standard in amplified telephone technology
  • Amplifies incoming sound up to 20 times (26+dB), the most powerful in its class. The amplifier comes on automatically on every call or on demand
  • Selectable Digital Speech Tone Enhancement allows you to boost and enhance the speech frequencies you can’t hear well, making difficult to hear words intelligible again. It is more convenient, more accurate and far superior than the traditional tone controls
  • Latest Digital Sound Processing (DSP) technology eliminates virtually all distortion, echo effects and unwanted squealing commonly found in other amplified phones
  • High performance speaker-phone with loud and life-like sounds for hands-free calls
  • 9 large and easy-to-setup flip-up photo memory buttons for quick one touch dialing
  • Two (front and side) visual ring flashers
  • Super loud ringer with adjustable ringing volume and tone controls
  • Powered by the telephone line, no AC adapter is required
  • Hearing aid compatible handset

None available at this time.

These phones are for individuals with speech impairment who have difficulty producing volume in their speech.

See Clarity XLC8 Phone
See Clarity Alto Plus Phone


CASA FUTURA TELEPHONE FLUENCY SYSTEM

Anti-Stuttering Devices – This is an anti-stuttering telephone device with delayed auditory feedback (DAF) and frequency-shifted auditory feedback (FAF).

Anti-stuttering telephone

Altered Auditory Feedback Features
The Basic Fluency System provides two types of altered auditory feedback:

Delayed auditory feedback (DAF) immediately reduces stuttering about 70% at normal speaking rates without training, mental effort, or abnormal-sounding or abnormally slow speech. 55% carryover fluency after removing the device, without speech therapy. With speech therapy, DAF can induce a slower speaking rate with stretched vowels to make even severe stutterers nearly 100% fluent.

Frequency-shifted auditory feedback (FAF) immediately reduces stuttering at normal speaking rates. Only Casa Futura Technologies stuttering treatment devices have octave-scale FAF downshifting (pitch shifting) to induce vocal fold relaxation, training the user to no longer need the device.

Anti-Background Noise Features
Noise-canceling directional microphone eliminates background noise at the source.
High-frequency filters remove background noise above the user’s vocal range.
Dynamic expansion makes loud sounds (e.g., the user’s voice) louder and quiet sounds (e.g., other people’s voices) quieter.
Quarter-octave FAF effectively reduces stuttering yet is acoustically transparent if the device picks up background noise.

Other Features:

  • The Basic Fluency System plugs into telephones. You hear your voice and the caller’s voice in both ears; the caller hears your normal voice. Leave your Basic Fluency System plugged into your telephone and practice speech therapy on every call. (Not compatible with Nokia cellphones.)
  • Binaural (two ear) or monaural (one ear) sound. Binaural sound is 25% more effective than monaural sound and is recommended for severe stutterers; mild stutterers can get by with monaural sound.
  • 35-7500 Hz frequency range clearly reproduces all vocal frequencies of adults and children.
  • 9-volt battery last about 15 hours. AC adapter (included) doesn’t charge the battery.
  • Removable belt clip.
  • Beige case.
  • Two 3.5mm jacks for any standard microphone and headphones. One 2.5mm jack for any standard cellphone earset (except Nokia).
  • 4.5″ x 2.7″ x 0.9″ (11.5 cm x 7 cm x 2 cm); about the size of an iPod.
  • 4.6 ounces (130 grams).

Included accessories:

  • Sennheiser PC131 binaural (two ears) lightweight headset
  • Telephone cable
  • 110-volt AC adapter (not shipped to Europe; you can easily buy a 220-volt AC adapter in your country).
  • No Miracle Cures: A Multifactoral Guide to Stuttering Therapy book with vide

TELITALK ELECTROLARYNX TELEPHONE

An electronic speech aid with natural intonation. Simple to use.
A telephone system designed for people with voice disorders.
When used with the HandsFree speech aid holder, it provides patient-controlled voice to some paralysed individuals.
Provides the ability to speak to people who have had a laryngectomy operation (an operation to remove the vocal chords.)

Features:

  • Telephone device with connector for electrolarynx. Electrolarynx does not work without the telephone kit.
  • Comes with oral adaptor.
  • Accessory option for a hands free speech aid holder.
  • Accessory option for a hands free headset.

The Following Rules apply to this Device:

  • Individual must be an electrolarynx user or currently working with a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP).
  • SLP’s may borrow this device to try with the patient before completing an application by contacting our ETC program at (816) 655-6700 or Toll Free at (800) 647-8557.

For persons who have difficulty dialing or remembering numbers or for those who have cognitive disabilities, large number dial buttons allow the user to insert photos or icons to represent the number being dialed.

The numbers must be pre-programmed into the phone so the number corresponds to the photo. The user merely has to push the picture or the number they want to call and the phone dials the number automatically.

  • See Serene HD-40P Photo Phone