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The Geemarc Amplipower 50 looks like your average big button phone for the poor sighted, but it is actually an amplified telephone designed for use by the partially deaf / hard of hearing. It can amplify both the call itself and the ring tones to 60 decibels and is actually recognised by the RNID as an aid to those registered with a hearing disability.
I bought one only recently for my Grandpa who is 92, he is near blind and extremely hard of hearing, so obviously we need to get him all the aids we can. I use it regularly as it is his only phone and I am his registered carer and I chose it based on a) the fact it has large buttons so he can see who he is calling and b) the amplification is by far the best I have heard on an amplified phone.
It doesn't just amplify the sounds however it also has a flashing strobe light to indicate of an incoming call as well as a vibrate function with an optional pad to put on the bed to warn / wake you of a call in the night (we don't use this as the phone is situated in the lounge).
The phone itself is very bulky which is good, it feels very well made and certainly I do feel it will last. The handset is corded which again for such a phone is a good idea - it wouldn't be good to lose a cordless phone on such a unit for safety reasons.
The phone has an inbuilt memory speed dial of 10 numbers so great for all the frequently used and hard to remember mobile numbers. It does have a handy pull out 'drawer' on the side to remind you of which number is which but in practice I find this a bit small compared to the buttons and is too small for anyone with anything other than decent sight to read properly. But it is good as a guide even if you might need a magnifying glass. Generally you would remember which number to press I think if they are frequently dialled.
I am very impressed with the sound quality because usually when you amplify a signal on a small unit it can be tinny, or distorted. Even at it's highest setting on the boost of 60 decibels the sound was still clear and easy to understand, which is great. The unit also has a built in induction loop (like you see in some shops and cinemas) and if you wear a hearing aid you can set it to the 't' position and this phone will send a clear audio with no crackle or interference.
The phone is available online from the RNID website, the Boots hearing website, on various Ebay shops and also on Amazon. It costs around £80, though for approx £40 - 50 you can get the model down, the Geemarc Amplipower 40 which I believe is 10 decibels quieter. For the more hard of hearing I would absolutely recommend this phone, it has been an absolute gift to us, I can use it at normal level and then pass it to my Grandpa and 'boost' the sound so he can hear the caller too. It's also very easy for him to use on his own and it gives me peace of mind that when I am out shopping for him or when he is at home at night that he has a way of communicating in an emergency.
The phone comes boxed with the handset, ear reciever, curly cord, wall cord and instructional manual. It has a three year manufacturer warranty.
All in all I have to give this phone 5/5 as it's by far the best amplified phone on the market - in fact I would and will buy Geemarc products again due to my satisfaction with this unit.
The Amplipower 50 is designed to help those with a severe to profound hearing loss. As with all Geemard products, the Amplipower 50 has several features which cannot be found on your average landline phone to allow someone with hearing loss to use the telephone as they would have before developing their hearing problem.
The phone has an adjustable receiving tone of up to 10DB to ensure that you never miss a phone call again! However, if you feel that you may still miss a call, you can set the strobe visual ringer indicator, which is a strobe light on the bottom of the base. This will flash when the phone rings and is pretty hard to miss!
Aswell as this, the phone has an adjustable receiving volume which amplifies incoming speech up to 60DB. This is done using a push along button on the top of the base and can be adjusted at any time. This feature is most beneficial to someone who struggles with their hands as their are no small buttons to press etc.
The phone also has 3 emergency memories; the red, blue and green buttons on the base. These can be particularly useful if you cannot pull out the card to remind you of your 9 built in numbers.
To continue aiding people who struggle using their hands, the phone has very big buttons and is usually known as the 'big button phone'. This can benefit both those who struggle with their hands and people who have difficulties with their sight.
Overall, the Amplipower 50 can aid many others, not just those who are hard of hearing. It retails at £99.99, which can be a bit pricey, but if it gives you peace of mind that your parents, grandparents etc can always be contacted then it is a small price to pay!