– Plantronics’ Clarity division has launched two new DECT 6.0 amplified phone
systems for the hearing impaired.
The two new phones
– the D613 and the D603 – sport an ergonomic design with soft touch buttons and
bold numbers and text.
handsets amplify incoming sounds up to 30 decibels, up to 32 times louder than
a normal telephone, according to Clarity. They feature large, easy-to-push
buttons and a contrasting caller ID display for people with low vision. The
phones are compatible with hearing aids and T-coils and comply with TIA-1083
Both feature call
waiting, caller ID, call screening, call transfer and mute call functions. They
include a speakerphone, a 30-name and number phonebook and nine speed-dial
The D613 adds a
digital answering machine.
The phone systems
can be expanded with up to five handsets on one phone line. There is intercom
capability between handsets. Each handset offers up to six hours of talktime
per charge. Menu language is available in English, French and Spanish.
The new phones are
available now for purchase at retailers and online for $89.95 (D613) and $79.95
(D603). An expandable handset, the D613HS, is available for $49.95 separately, or
bundled with the D613 for $119.
“Our new DECT
product line combines advanced amplification with a pragmatic design,” said
Carsten Trads, president of Clarity. “We have created technology for the
hearing impaired for 40 years, so we have a deep understanding of the people who
use and need our products. Hearing loss is often one of several health challenges
our customers face. That’s why our new
DECT line is aimed at helping people with low vision and limited mobility as
well as hearing loss.”
Clarity is a
leading supplier of amplified telephones, notification systems, assistive-listening
devices and other communications devices for the hearing-loss and deaf markets.