Panasonic (News - Alert) announced today the release of its newest cordless telephone, which is designed to help those with arthritis, poor vision, and poor hearing. According to company officials, the KX-TG6591T comes with three distinct features to help those who have difficulty talking on their current phone.
The Tone Equalizer helps those with poor hearing by giving them the ability to adjust the sound coming out of the phone. Also, users can change the treble, mid-range, and/or bass by the flick of the switch, allowing them to better understand the person at the other end of the line.
“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 Natalye Faison, audiologist at the Panasonic Healthcare Group. “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.”
Other new features include Talking Caller ID and Any-key Answer. Talking Caller ID announces who is calling so users don’t have to pick-up the phone and read the caller ID. This can also be useful because users can be cleaning the house, watching TV, or cooking dinner and don’t have to check their phone to see who’s calling.
In addition, the Any-key Answer feature gives users the option of answering the phone by pressing any key on the keypad. Since any key will answer the phone, people with poor vision won’t have to struggle looking for the answer key.
“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 (News - Alert), 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.”
The KX-TG6591T has received the Ease-of-Use commendation from the Arthritis Foundation and is now available in stores for $59.95.
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Edited by Jennifer Russell