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By Marla Dougherty  6/30/11

 At the ClearSounds booth I spoke with Michelle Maher about their latest amplified phones like the A600 with digital answering machine that allows you to listen to messages through the handset earpiece or through the speakerphone.

As a consumer using a ClearSounds product, I was interested to learn more about their product line and discovered more about the Bluetooth products they now have available.  The Bluetooth amplified neckloop accessory can be used with the cell phone, TV and MP3 player. The loop receiver requires T-coils or there use of a headset jack to accommodate non-T-coil users. The QLink Bluetooth Stereo Transmitter is a Bluetooth adapter which can link to an assortment of devices using their neckloop/headset system.

By Marla Dougherty  6/27/11

Are you in the market for a hearing aid compatible cell phone?

Mobile phone manufacturer Samsung was at the convention with their hearing aid compatible phones. The Samsung A107 has a M3/T3 rating and the Samsung Rugby II has a M3/T4 rating. The easy to use Jitterbug has a M4/T4 rating.

If you are not familiar with the FCC standard for rating cell phones, only those with a rating of M3/T3 or M4/T4 are considered hearing aid compatible. These are the ratings that help hearing aid users find the best phone for their needs. Often a cell phone will give off a buzzing or whining sound when held up to a hearing aid or cochlear implant and the interference makes it difficult to understand.  The higher the rating, (M4/T4 being the best) the less likely it is to generate interference.

If you have questions about Samsung accessibility and hearing aid compatible devices, contact Kendra Green, the designated agent for accessibility. 972-761-7123 or email