Illinois Telecommunications Access Corporation (ITAC), the non-profit state distributor of specialized telecommunications equipment for people with hearing loss and speech disabilities, is offering a new amplified telephone at no cost to seniors and others with hearing loss living in Madison County. An easy-to-use cordless phone with talking Caller ID, the XLC3.4 amplifies incoming sounds up to 50 decibels and is developed by Clarity, a division of Plantronics.
Permanent Illinois residents who are certified as having a hearing loss can easily obtain the XLC3.4 at no cost by completing an application which can be secured at www.itactty.org. Locally, the phones can be tested or an application picked up Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the IMPACT Center for Independent Living at 2735 E. Broadway in Alton (phone: 618-462-1411).
The state of Illinois estimates there are more than 2 million residents living with some degree of hearing loss. The XLC3.4 is designed specifically to meet the needs of those with varying degrees of hearing loss.
“ITAC is dedicated to providing people in our community with hearing loss access to communication solutions so they can stay in touch and engaged with their loved ones,” said Trudy Snell, executive director at ITAC. “The XLC3.4 is an amplified phone that meets the needs of Illinois residents with hearing issues and opens doors for people with hearing loss across our state. We are excited to offer this new phone to Madison County residents.”
The XLC3.4 is an easy-to-use amplified phone featuring up to 50 decibels of Digital Clarity Power™ amplification and a loud and clear speakerphone. Talking Caller ID and a Caller ID screen tell users who is calling and the large, high contrast buttons are easy to press and see. The XLC3.4 was designed to address other health concerns seniors and others with hearing loss experience as they age. The buttons on the handset are also spaced apart and easily accessible.
The XLC3.4 also features ClarityLogic™ customer service built-in for easy setup and customization of the phone.
In addition to the XLC3.4, ITAC provides a range of phones to meet different hearing needs.
The Illinois Telecommunications Access Program (ITAC) is a not-for-profit corporation that has been issuing equipment since 1988 with the purpose of providing telephone access to Illinois residents who are Hard of Hearing, Late Deafened, Deaf, or Deaf-Blind.
About Clarity – Smart for Seniors ™
Clarity, a division of Plantronics (NYSE: PLT), creates smart communication solutions that help seniors live richer, more engaged lives. For more than 40 years, Clarity’s innovative products—such as amplified telephones, notification systems and assistive listening devices—have helped people with hearing loss and other health challenges. Clarity has pioneered many firsts—from digital sound processing in 2005 to remote-access customer service in 2010. Millions rely on Clarity to communicate at home, at work and throughout their lives. For more information, please visit www.clarityproducts.com or call 1-800-426-3738.