The Telephone Equipment Distribution (TED) Program provides some of these devices to Minnesotans who qualify.
Various types of ringers can be attached to a telephone line to inform a person who is hard of hearing that the telephone is ringing.
Telephones with built-in amplifiers that range from 25 to 55 decibels. Many have variable tone selectors and loud ringers.
A lightweight battery-operated device with an adjustable volume control that fits over the listening end of the handset.
A TTY is a telecommunications device that allows a person to type a message on a keyboard, and send it through a Telecommunications Relay Services operator. The TRS operator reads the message to the other party, and types the other party's reply to the TTY user. Today, many new smartphones have built in TTY software, eliminating the need for a separate device. To learn more about the TTY software for your device, check the user manual or support page for your particular device.
Here are some links to get you started:
Apple's Set up and use TTY or RTT on an iPhone
Android Accessibility Help's Use real-time text (RTT) with calls
Generally, most adaptive phone devices are only available from specialty retailers. You can find some specialty retailers on these two vendor lists:
As with all technology, prices vary widely. Consider the features and benefits that are important to you, as well as your budget.
If you would like to see how different phone devices work, contact us for a Hearing Loss Assistive Technology Demonstration.