Compare The Best Cell Phones For Seniors – Hearing Aid Users

An online search to compare the best cell phones for seniors that are hearing aid compatible comes up with only a handful of phones. Making the search all the more challenging is the confusion among the Easyfone models which all look very similar and difficult to differentiate.

This article compares similar specs across the board for different hearing aid compatible models. It also identifies the key differences between the Easyfone models

How is a Cell Phone Designated as Hearing Aid Compatible (HAC)?

Hearing aid compatible cell phones are characterized by two areas of performance. An HAC cell phone has a reduced likelihood of causing interference noise in the hearing aids and may also be capable of working with a hearing aid’s telecoil. HAC cell phones are designed to work with hearing aids that have some level of built‐in protection against the interference that cell phones may cause.

Cell phones that are hearing aid compatible have packages labeled with “M” or “T” ratings. If the phone is labelled as “M3”, “M4”, “T3” or “T4” on the box, then the cell phone has been designated as hearing aid compatible.

“M” refers to the cell phone’s rating for its interference potential. “T” refers to the ability of the cell phone to couple with a hearing aid’s telecoil. The higher the “M” or “T” ratings of the phone the safer it is to use with your hearing aid.

The higher the “T” rating of the phone the safer it is to use the phone with your hearing aid on the telecoil setting.

Jethro-SC490 Unlocked 4G LTE Senior Cell Phone

This simple phone for the elderly and kids  has big buttons, a large screen with a charging dock. It is designed for Talk & Text Only. There is NO INTERNET, GPS, OR ACCESS TO THE APP STORE and the phone is Hearing Aid Compatible, and Certified Safe FCC

FEATURES AND SPECIFICATIONS

Model name:Jethro SC490
PARCEL Dimensions: 13.72 x5.59 x 1.27 cm, 110 Grams
Wireless Carrier: Unlocked for all Carriers
Form Factor:Bar
Memory Storage Capacity:8 GB RAM, 8 GB ROM
Cellular Technology:4G/VOLTE/VO-WIFI
Operating System:MTK
Color:Black
Display Type:LCD
Sim Card Slot:Mini size SIM Card
Model Year: 2021
Screen Display:2.8 inches
Camera: 2 MP
Battery: Lithium Ion 1800 mAh Battery
Warranty: Not stated
Special Features:Speed Dial, SOS Buttons, Text / Messaging, Numeric Keypad
Compatible Carriers:  Include Telus, Rogers, Bell, Shaw Mobile, Koodo, Fido, Virgin Mobile, Chatr, Public Mobile, Lucky Mobile, and others run off their networks
Hearing Aid Compatible:Loud volume and an announcing keypad
Speed Dial:  Allows programming of up to 8 contacts for quick and convenient calling
Jethro SC490 Features and Specifications

Jethro SC490

Some reasons cited for popularity of the phone

  • The screen is large and clear enough even with one bad eye not seeing too well
  • No confusing apps or other software and updates
  • If you are looking for a basic phone, without any browsing/apps/links, this phone is great, especially if you want to restrict the user to use only the basic phone – calls and text, alarm, calendar etc.
  • The volume is loud enough for the elderly to hear on the phone.
  • Good emergency phone for technology challenged aging parents and grandparents
  • SOS button easy to setup and rings three numbers consecutively
  • Notifies the emergency contacts when battery life is low so they can call and remind the senior to charge the phone
  • Dial by picture is a great feature which makes it easier to use.

Some concerns noted

  • The power on and power off button could be a sole separate button instead of together with the answer button. Old people tend to hold it too long to answer and shut off the phone instead
  • Battery life is ok but lasts less than one day

Why The Easyfone Series Can Be Confusing – The Best Cell Phones For Seniors

There are 5 models of Easyfones on the market, all of which are hearing aid compatible:

  • Easyfone Prime A1 Pro (Has camera) – Currently unavailable
  • Easyfone T100 (Has camera)
  • Easyfone T200
  • Easyfone Prime A6
  • Easyfone Prime A7(Has camera)

The problem many seniors complain about is their difficulty comparing them and identifying the major differences.

Noted differences are based on whether the model is equipped with a camera or not, weight of the phone, size of the screen display, and memory storage capacity.

All phones are Unlocked. Because of the popularity of these phones they may be temporarily unavailable when you want to purchase them online at Amazon. The good news is that stock is quickly replenished in a few days.

Easyfone T200 4G Big Button Unlocked Basic Senior Mobile Phone

This is an easy-to-use basic mobile phone with emergency SOS button, hearing aid compatibility and a charging dock. No internet browser

FEATURES AND SPECIFICATIONS

Model name:EasyfoneT200
PARCEL Dimensions: ‎13.6 x 11.9 x 6.6 cm; 370 Grams
Wireless Carrier: Unlocked, Virgin Mobile
Form Factor:Bar
Bluetooth:Yes
Operating System:Easyfone OS
Memory Storage Capacity:4 GB RAM, 64 GB ROM
Color:Black
Cellular Technology: 4G Unlocked (Does Not Include a SIM-Card)
Display Type:LCD
Sim Card Slot:Single SIM Card
Model Year: 2021
Screen Display:1.8 inches
Camera: None
Battery: Lithium Ion 1050mAh
Warranty: Not stated
Special Features:Big Buttons with backlight and Talking number feature, Speed Dial, SOS Button, Torchlight, FM Radio, Audio Player, Bluetooth, Alarm, Calculator
Compatible Carriers:  Include Telus, Rogers, Bell, Koodo, Fido, Virgin Mobile, Chatr, Public Mobile, Lucky Mobile, and others run off their networks
Hearing Aid Compatible:Loud volume and announcing keypad; M4/T4 Hearing Aid Compatibility
Speed Dial:  Allows programming of up to 8 contacts for quick and convenient calling
Easyfone T200 Features and Specifications

The Best Cell Phones for Seniors
EasyfoneT200

Some reasons cited for popularity of the phone

  • Simple phone with minimal frills; calling and texting is basically all it does
  • Great for seniors and people fed up with the smartphone game. And all you need is a SIM card, so it’s very convenient to set up.
  • This device has a specific purpose and that’s to send and receive phone calls and text messages., no web browsing, email, Facebook etc. This is perfect for a “pay as you go” plan
  • It has a color screen that displays large numbers and letters that are clear and easy to see. The buttons are large, easy to distinguish and much simpler to use compared to a touch screen.
  • This phone has safety features that make it ideal for seniors and people with health issues and disabilities. The built-in emergency dial and text system works perfectly.
  • Phone can be paired to car’s Bluetooth
  • Lightweight
  • Phone reads out the numbers as you dial them

Some noted concerns

  • Short battery life
  • Menu does not list everything
  • If you need help just hold down the emergency button on the top of the phone, and then the phone will automatically dial and text preselected numbers. This one feature alone could easily save a life. It also has a built-in flashlight that could be extremely useful.
  • Concern about pocket dialing 911
  • The SIM card is difficult to insert, and very difficult to remove, while the SD card goes in easily, but is difficult to remove.
  • if you leave the battery out for more than a few minutes, the phone will forget what time it was, and you will have to enter your language preference and the current date and time again. (Although the date and time should update to the one set by the cellular network you connect to).

Easyfone Prime-A6 4G Unlocked Big Button Basic Senior Mobile Phone

This is an easy-to-use cell phone for the elderly with a Charging Dock and SOS Button. It is Hearing Aid Compatible and IC and FCC Certified (Black)

FEATURES AND SPECIFICATIONS

Model name:Easyfone Prime-A6
PARCEL Dimensions: ‎13.6 x 11.9 x 6.2 cm; 330 Grams
Wireless Carrier: Unlocked for all Carriers
Form Factor:Bar
Bluetooth:Yes
Operating System:Easyfone OS
Memory Storage Capacity:16GB RAM, 64 GB ROM
Color:Black
Cellular Technology: 4G, 4G VoLTE, 3G WCDMA, 2G GSM
Display Type:LCD
Sim Card Slot:Does not require a memory card but there is a slot if you want to add additional memory with a memory card
Model Year: 2021
Screen Display:1.8 inches
Camera: None
Battery: Lithium Ion 1050mAh
Warranty: Not stated
Special Features:Big Buttons with backlight and Talking number feature, Speed Dial, SOS Button, Torchlight, FM Radio, Audio Player, Bluetooth, Alarm, Calculator
Compatible Carriers:  Include Telus, Rogers, Bell, Koodo, Fido, Virgin Mobile, Chatr, Public Mobile, Lucky Mobile, and others run off their networks
Hearing Aid Compatible:Loud volume and announcing keypad; M4/T4 Hearing Aid Compatibility
Speed Dial:  Allows programming of up to 8 contacts for quick and convenient calling
Easyfone Prime-A6 Features and Specifications

The Best Cell Phones for Seniors
Easyfone Prime-A6

Some reasons cited for popularity of the phone

  • Similar reasons for popularity of the phone and noted concerns were cited as stated for Easyfone T200 above
  • This model has a larger memory storage capacity than the T200 – 16GB instead of 4GB
  • USB charging is possible

Easyfone Prime-A7 4G Unlocked Big Button Mobile Phone

A simple mobile phone for seniors and kids with SOS Button, GPS, Photo Speed Dial and a charging dock (Black)

FEATURES AND SPECIFICATIONS

Model name:Easyfone Prime-A7
PHONE Dimensions: ‎11.6 x 5.66 x 1.4 cm; 340 Grams
Wireless Carrier: Unlocked, Virgin Mobile
Form Factor:Slider
Bluetooth:Yes
Operating System:Easyfone OS
Memory Storage Capacity:16GB RAM, 64 GB ROM
Color:Black
Cellular Technology: 4G, 4G VOLTE, 3G WCDMA, 2G GSM
Display Type:HD IPS
Sim Card Slot:1* Nano size sim card (Smallest size and not included): Micro-SD card supports up to 16G (Not included)
Model Year: 2021
Screen Display:2.0 inches
Camera: 0.3MP
Battery: Lithium Ion 1500mAh
Warranty: Not stated
Special Features:Extra Big Buttons with backlight and Talking number feature, Speed Dial, SOS Button, Torchlight, FM Radio, Audio Player, Bluetooth, Alarm, Calculator
Compatible Carriers:  Include Telus, Rogers, Bell, Koodo, Fido, Virgin Mobile, Chatr, Public Mobile, Lucky Mobile, and others run off their networks
Hearing Aid Compatible:Loud volume and announcing keypad; M4/T4 Hearing Aid Compatibility
Speed Dial:  8Speed Dial Buttons with photos to call favorite contacts easily
Easyfone Prime-A7 Features and Specifications

The Best Cell Phones for Seniors
Easyfone Prime A7

Some reasons cited for popularity of the phone

  • Similar reasons for popularity of the phone and noted concerns were cited as stated for Easyfone T200 and Prime A-6 above
  • This model has a larger memory storage capacity than the T200 – 16GB instead of 4GB
  • USB charging is possible
  • Phone has a camera

Easyfone T100 4G LTE Big Button SIM-Free Unlocked Senior Mobile Phone

This easy-to-use basic cell phone comes  with a charging dock,  has big buttons, emergency SOS button with GPS,  and is hearing aid compatible. Tested to comply with FCC and IC Standards with Certification.

FEATURES AND SPECIFICATIONS

Model name:Easyfone T100
PHONE Dimensions: ‎11.6 x 5.66 x 1.4 cm; 340 Grams
Wireless Carrier: Unlocked
Bluetooth:Yes
Memory Storage Capacity:16 GB – Micro-SD Card(Support up to 16G (Not included)
Color:Black
Cellular Technology: 4G LTE
Display Type:LCD
Sim Card Slot:1* Nano sim card (Smallest size and not included); Micro-SD Card
Flash Memory Installed Size:128 MB
Digital Storage Capacity:64 MB
Memory Storage Capacity:16 GB – Micro-SD Card(Support up to 16G (Not included)
Model Year: 2021
Screen Display:2.0 inches with Large font
Camera: 0.3 MP
Battery: Lithium Ion 1500mAh; Standby time up to 96+ hours
Warranty: Not stated
Special Features:GPS positioning/Integrated torch/FM Radio/Camera/Photo Speed dial/Tasks/Audio player/Bluetooth/Alarm/Calculator.
Special SOS button with GPS for emergency help
Compatible Carriers:  This phone is compatible with Telus, Rogers, Bell, Koodo, Fido, Virgin Mobile, Chatr, Public Mobile, Lucky Mobile, and other carriers run off their networks.
Hearing Aid Compatible:Loud volume and announcing keypad
Speed Dial:  Allows programming of up to 8 contact buttons with photos for quick and convenient calling
Easyfone T100 SIM-Free

The Best Cell Phones for Seniors
Easyfone T100 SIM-Free

Some reasons cited for popularity of the phone

  • Good for elderly parents who are not tech savvy at all as majority of the phones on the market are smart phones.
  • Unlocked phone which can work with various Carriers
  • Buttons are large and the phone is simple to use and not confusing.
  • Have safety features – SOS button and  GPS
  • Battery does not take long to charge, and holds a charge very well
  • This is first and foremost a PHONE!. It’s not an Internet browsing device. So, no surfing at all.
  • This phone is also equipped with an SD Card slot. One is not included but you can easily add your own.
  • There is a 3.5mm jack for a wired headset or earbuds.

Some concerns noted

  • Charger beeps too loud
  • The only thing that’s still required will be a Nano SIM CARD (which will be specific to your regional Mobile Carrier). Many will provide that to you for Free when signing up, but that varies with the Carrier
  • Poor camera quality
  • One case of sound issues

Conclusion – The Best Cell Phones For Seniors

The cell phones for seniors which are hearing aid compatible are compared in a format that allows comparison of “apples to apples” using similar criteria. This is a format that most seniors, their children and caregivers prefer as it makes their decision making about which phone to purchase easier.

If you enjoyed reading this article and found value, please leave a comment with your thoughts.

Related Articles

Compare The Best Cell Phones for Seniors. Top Rated Models

Mobile Phones for the Hearing Impaired. How to Select

Best Cell Phones for Senior Citizens

References

Lynch, David 2021 What Is A GB? The Real Definition Of A Gigabyte! https://www.upphone.com/learn/glossary/cellular/what-is-a-gb-real-definition-of-gigabyte/

Hildenbrand, Jerry 2022. How much RAM does your Android phone actually need in 2022? https://www.androidcentral.com/ram-what-it-how-its-used-and-why-you-shouldnt-care

5 thoughts on “Compare The Best Cell Phones For Seniors – Hearing Aid Users”

  1. The Best Cell Phones for Seniors
    We are always looking for the best for the people we care about the most. thanks for the information shows other important things necessary to purchase Overall, it’s a cell phones for Seniors. All have similar characteristics and elements of technology But if we compare, we can see that there is one brand that I am interested in is Easfone T100 because it has GPS location, sos button, special features with GPS for emergency assistance because of its outstanding features, and focus on GPS. GPS is the main positioning technology. and very important for Seniors.

    Reply
    • Hi Arisara,
      The SOS button and the GPS functions are really important for safety features for seniors should they have a fall, or become lost. They provide their care givers with “peace-of-mind” in knowing that help will not be too long coming should their loved one slip, trip and fall

      Ceci

      Reply
  2. Hi Ceci. Thanks for another great post related to elderly. I really liked the Easyfone Prime A6 mainly because of two reasons. Firstly it has 96 hours stand by time ,I mean wow! That’s a lot! Secondly, the memory of 64 GB is also extraordinary.That’s more than my iPhone😊I have a grandpa who uses cellphone .So ,I will check with him, which one he has. If his present one is jot sufficient ,will consider buoying this one. Great post, keep up your great work . Cheers

    Reply

Leave a Comment

error

Enjoy this blog? Please spread the word :)

Pinterest
fb-share-icon
Follow by Email
RSS
error: Content is protected !!