Panasonic's New Phone Slows Down Speech For Australians With Hearing Loss

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This. Is. Brilliant. The Panasonic KX-TGM420 Series amplified cordless system features a voice volume up to 40 decibels (dB) to make caller voices easier to hear, and so you don't miss a call, and the base unit can be set to ring loudly at up to 112 dB. Bright red LED visual ringers on the base unit and handset flash when there is an incoming call, and the phone is also compatible with hearing aids.

But the most exciting feature has to be "Slow Talk" — which slows the speed of speech in real time and when checking voice messages.

Samantha Dawson, Product Marketing Manager of Cordless Phones at Panasonic said "This phone will give greater peace of mind and confidence to the hearing impaired and their carers. The amplification features ensure you won't be frustrated by missed calls or inaudible callers, and the large, well-lit and easy to use controls make the phone simple to manage."

And for amplified calling ease and comfort throughout the house, the KX-TGM420 system can be expanded with the option of up to six full-featured handsets.

The amplified phone makes everyday call management even easier and stress-free with an enlarged and backlit LCD and keys. The handset is highly visible with a large white-backlit 1.8-inch LCD and a big keypad to make calling quick and simple in any lighting conditions. On the base unit, large, easy to press buttons provide a choice of six tones to improve the audibility of a range of different voice types; and there are 1-touch dial buttons marked 1-3 so key numbers can be saved and recalled automatically — such as family or emergency services.

Calls from noisy places can be more easily heard with Noise Reduction to suppress background noise interference for clearer, more comfortable conversation. Nuisance calls can be avoided with Talking Caller ID and Call Block (up to 250 numbers). The phone also includes Talking Dial and Talking Phonebook to guide you through your calls.

The phone won't let you down in a power failure, with an additional rechargeable battery in the base unit keeping you connected when the power goes out. When fully charged, both batteries provide power for up to 12 hours of use and up to 8 days standby.

The KX-TGM420 single handset ($129.95) is available now, and the KX-TGM422 twin handset ($179.95) and KX-TGMA412 additional handset ($99.95) will be available in Decenmber.

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