There are many reasons for one’s loss of hearing. Some are genetic while others may be disease related. It’s estimated that, by 2010, about 33.4 million people in the United States will suffer from some degree of hearing loss. Though hearing loss is often correlated with increased aging, there are rising numbers among younger ages, often beyond the scope of routine diagnosis. The ClearSounds Talk 500 is a corded telephone with built-in amplification to help many hear telephone conversations.
The sense of natural hearing is a very fine-tuned, intricate process. To hear naturally, the whole sound sensing system must work right. If a part of the outer, middle, or inner ear is damaged or missing, a hearing loss may be present. Environment also plays a significant role. Soldiers returning from active battle often suffer hearing loss of about 20 to 30 percent due to excessive gun and bomb blasts. People working in noisy factories or construction sites may suffer significant hearing loss by the time they reach the 50′s. People who live in urban areas and ride commuter trains daily experience loss of hearing. Many rock performers, like members of the Who, are nearly deaf. Emotional aspects of hearing loss are as impactful as the physical part of losing your hearing. In 1981, Stanford University’s Philip Zimbardo (et al) conducted an experiment of how induced hearing deficit generates experimental paranoia. In a social setting, subjects made partially deaf by hypnotic suggestion, but kept unaware of the source of their deafness, became more paranoid as indicated on a variety of assessment measures. The results support a cognitive-social mechanism for the clinically observed relationship between paranoia and deafness in the elderly. Because the person with hearing loss noted that other people were whispering around, he felt as it they were talking negatively about him, thus inducing light to moderate paranoiac behaviors and social withdrawal. More recent studies, resulting from frequent use of MP3 players, suggest that listening to loud music may elevate endorphins connected with pleasure centers in the brain. Conversely, there is some evidence that when a person is exposed to high-level sound, the brain produces chemicals that are also found in patients diagnosed with schizophrenia. These studies are fairly recent and few conclusions can be made regarding long-term effects of loud music and brain functions. Within a generation that has experienced Woodstock and loud rock concerts, many among that group suffer from about 40% hearing loss as they approach age 60. While hearing aids are not usually covered by health insurance, home devices like the ClearSounds Talk 500 telephone is a welcome device to any home.
The The ClearSounds Talk 500 telephone adds a wide series of features that help those that are hearing challenged. It makes Caller ID an even more meaningful feature by announcing the caller’s name. The built-in speaker also announces the numbers you dial, so this system really serves as a great assistant, keeping you safe and making phone use much more convenient.
You can adjust the handset amplification level to meet your hearing needs, up to 40dB higher (equivalent to 400-times louder). You can set the phone to ring at the volume you prefer (at up to 90dB loudness) and rely on a visual ringer alert too.
Big black keys make it easier to dial and three programmable memory keys provide handy shortcuts to the people you call the most. The Talk500 is equipped with a volume-controllable speakerphone with crisp and clear sound, adjustable amplified ringer, redial, hearing aid compatibility, large LCD display and the many features you want in a simple, affordable corded phone system. There’s even a 30 name and number phonebook directory – easily store and dial frequently called numbers. Talking features can be set to English, Spanish, French or Italian. There are many reasons to be concerned about gradual hearing loss among the adult population. Chances are that your hearing hasn’t been checked in the past five years. Your reality is subtly affected as you slowly lose hearing acuity. The ClearSounds Talk500 Talking Big Button Amplified Telephone represents a sound product in more ways than one. The Talk500 helps you stay connected and comfortable, with or without perceptible hearing loss.