Geemarc amplified phones make communication for the hearing impaired more simple and Geemarc produce an extensive range of amplified telephones, such as the AmpliDect 285.
The first thing to say about the Amplidect 285 is that it doesn’t look like a phone specifically designed for the hearing impaired. Its silver casing and black trim is really quite stylish and could easily be part of any standard phone manufacturers portfolio. Geemarc have done well to get the right balance between being easy to use and not looking odd.
The buttons on the keypad are large and very clearly labelled but again in keeping with the phone’s understated style. The screen is also a pleasure with bright colour and large numbers making for easy definition. It has four direct memory buttons at the top of the phone and although these are slightly smaller they are well separated so again present no problem to those with limited sight or dexterity.
On the left-hand side of the phone, positioned to use with either thumb or forefinger (depending on whether you hold the phone in your left or right hand) are two buttons to raise or lower the level of the incoming speech up to a maximum of 30dB.
On the right-hand side is a tone control button which can vary the frequency by +/- 10dB, useful to assist with classic high frequency hearing loss. Below the tone control is a one-touch volume boost button.
When receiving an incoming call the phone will do any combination of light up, vibrate and alert through a very loud ring, so there are no excuses for missing any calls!
The answering machine is neatly incorporated within the base unit and clearly shows the number of messages. A slightly irritating voice has been used within the answering machine command instructions but perhaps all automated voices are equally irritating.
The phone is compatible with the CLA3 headset and can also be used with other earpieces, so really will assist with most requirements.
The Amplidect 285 is a very well designed, well thought out phone. The only area of slight criticism is that within the instruction booklet is a section devoted to using the phone’s visual indicator as a torch. It’s a great phone, easy to use and with an incorporated answering machine but it’s not a great torch!