Secaucus, N.J. - Panasonic has introduced a new DECT 6.0 home phone with a feature set designed to ease operation for users with hearing loss, impaired vision or suffering from arthritis.
The phone, model KX-TG6591T, features Tone Equalizer, Talking Caller ID and Any Key Answer to allow users to hear conversations more clearly and operate the phone with minimal button pushing.
The Talking Caller ID announces caller ID information between rings using text-to-speech technology. Any-key Answer allows any handset key to be pressed to answer a call, and the ergonomically designed handset features a rubberized non-slip grip.
The Tone Equalizer feature allows users with mild to moderate hearing loss to use a toggle switch on the handset to boost the frequencies they hear best in callers' voices: treble, mid-range or bass.
The phone also has large, rubberized backlit buttons, a large-character white backlit 1.9-inch LCD display, and a hands-free speakerphone on the handset as well as in the base unit.
The KX-TG6591T also incorporates features that are found on all 2011 Panasonic single-line cordless telephones, such as Intelligent Eco mode, which automatically reduces power consumption when using the handset close to the base unit, a programmable Call Block list, and a silent mode which can be programmed to not ring during designated time periods.
Additional features include intercom functionality between handsets or the base unit, shared phonebook, five-melody/five-tone ringtones on the handset, a locator button to find misplaced handsets, and a headset jack and belt clip on the handset. The base unit is wall mountable.
The handsets include rechargeable AAA NiMH batteries.
The phone has received an Ease-of-Use commendation from the Arthritis Foundation, Panasonic said.
"Panasonic is committed to designing accessible products that advance the principles of universal design -- attractive, unobtrusive and easy to use for people of a variety of ages and ability levels," said Bill Taylor, president of Panasonic System Networks Company of America. "As we age, many people want a phone that meets our changing needs but do not want to sacrifice design and functionality."
"Aside from being a stressful and frustrating effect of hearing loss, difficulty hearing on the telephone can negatively impact one's quality of life," said Dr. Natalye Faison, audiologist, Panasonic healthcare group, which develops and manufactures digital hearing devices. "Many people with hearing loss find it especially difficult to hear certain sounds because their hearing loss may affect only a specific range of pitches, Panasonic's new phones offer the flexibility to control the bass, mid-range or treble tones in a caller's voice for maximum clarity."
The KX-TG6591T cordless phone is available at retail nationwide for a suggested retail price of $59.95, which includes one handset. A two-handset model, KX-TG6592T, is $79.95. Both models are expandable up to six handsets and additional handsets can be purchased for $19.95 each.
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