Lifestyle — 06 December 2013
Amplified Phone/Tablet Makes Great Gift

Clarity, a division of Plantronics (NYSE: PLT) dedicated to creating smart solutions for seniors, is making the gift giving process easier this holiday season with Ensemble—a first-of-its-kind home phone that provides hearing-aid quality amplification and precise captioning on an Android TM-based tablet display all in one device. Available for $75.00 on clarityproducts.com, Ensemble is specifically designed for older users—people with hearing loss or low vision. Simply put, it allows them to read as well as hear conversations.

Considering hearing loss is the third most common health issue among seniors, and studies show that uncorrected hearing loss can lead to social isolation and even decline in mobility, Ensemble meets a critical need. This innovative device is an ideal gift as it helps seniors enjoy talking on the phone again at a time when conversations with loved ones are what matter the most.

When an individual places or receives a call on Ensemble, the other party’s words are transcribed through ClearCaptions, a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) certified telephone-captioning service that is similar to closed captions for television. As the user listens, captions appear on the phone’s tablet display in an easy-to-read font that can be enlarged or adjusted with the swipe of a finger. Captioning is free to the user.

Conversations can be saved and referenced later, should the user need to check an address or medication instructions from their doctor. In addition to captioning, Ensemble amplifies incoming sounds up to 50 decibels while also removing unwanted and distracting noises. Its powerful amplification and sophisticated sound processing is enhanced with adjustable settings to allow user to customize the listening experience to their unique degree of hearing loss. With its simple touchscreen display, Ensemble is easy to set up and use.

This all-in-one device can alleviate many of the communication barriers that typically occur with seniors experiencing hearing loss and loved ones on the phone. “Shopping for an older parent or grandparent is incredible difficult in today’s market — the options are limited and the products, especially technology, are not designed with their needs in mind,” said Carsten Trads, president of Clarity.

“Ensemble was created solely for older users. It meets the needs of people as they age, giving them a phone that can provide enjoyable conversations and a greater connection to everyone in their lives during this holiday season and beyond.”

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