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kickysnana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-20-08 02:47 PM
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Need to find best cell phone set up for hearing impaired Dad
(Cross posted here thanks to tekisui)

Dad lost Mom in January and is a very active 82, uses hearing aids because he has upper register hearing loss and tinnitus. He manages on the land line with an amplifier. What I am finding on google today they keep telling me is currently unavailable.

I am hoping not to have to buy 5 phones/plans to get one that works.

Because Dad has always been absent minded I was looking for a phone with adequate technology and quick CS that if lost, would not be a huge loss.

Thanks for any help.
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Hawkeye-X Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-02-08 09:26 AM
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1. Can your dad handle a Blackberry
or a Sidekick 3? These are the cell technologies that your dad can probably handle if he is good in typing SMS/email messages?

Check this website out: www.garthwireless.com - a deaf-owned company

Hawkeye-X
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Rhiannon12866 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-10-08 01:07 PM
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2. Here are a couple of links that address your question.
I know what you're experiencing, since my mother can't hear over the phone, isn't much better in person, but she refuses to get the hearing aids that have been prescribed for her... *sigh*

What cell phone is the best for a deaf/hard of hearing person?
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070731214...

Data-only plans and AT&T
http://www.stonedeafpilots.com/?p=76
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