I wish to amplify the sound in a landline handset (ie the imcoming voice volume, not the ringer)

Hi,
My landline phone works perfecrtly well when making phone calls to anyone except for my elderly aunt in Florida - when speaking to her I can barely hear her voice. She does not seem to understand that the problem is probably at her end - I think she is using a cordless phone. As I cannot get her to change to a corded one the only solution I have is to attempt to amplify her voice at my end. I can find lots of devices that involve making the ring tone louder or even a flashing LED when the phone rings but I wonder what the point of these are if the incoming voice is not magnified!
A Google search has revealed this:
https://www.directnine.uk/products/2ge6148-clarity-ha40-handset-amplifier?gclid=Cj0KCQiAqo3-BRDoARIsAE5vnaKAupX1hznNAwx-F1IT-dti3pumhj7MLK0GWKAiAfgy2P9zblLEHIUaAsxxEALw_wcB
a device that you plug between the phone and the handset. But the reviews seem very polarised (?fake and genuine) and it is a little pricey.
Does anyone know if this device is effective and does anyone know of anything alternative that works well?
Thank you


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  • roddydogs
    roddydogs Posts: 7,478 Forumite
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    No "speaker" phone on your handset?, not that expensive to buy one that has it ( nearly all do) but be aware it drinks the batteries.
  • littleboo
    littleboo Posts: 1,497 Forumite
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    edited 30 November 2020 at 10:12AM
    Look for a phone designed for people with hearing issues, they have built in high gain amplifiers for the received audio. Be aware that they can be very loud if you're hearing is normal, so you would have to ensure it was turned down after speaking to your aunt. (or only used for that purpose) Something like this
  • matelodave
    matelodave Posts: 8,606 Forumite
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    edited 30 November 2020 at 10:24AM
    Most cordless phones have a loudspeaker facility which should do the job without paying silly money money for a specialised unit designed for the deaf, although the BigTel that liitleboo suggests looks like a good option that's not too expensive
    Never under estimate the power of stupid people in large numbers
  • littleboo said:
    Look for a phone designed for people with hearing issues, they have built in high gain amplifiers for the received audio. Be aware that they can be very loud if you're hearing is normal, so you would have to ensure it was turned down after speaking to your aunt. (or only used for that purpose) Something like this

    Thank you for that. I will give it a try.
  • EssexExile
    EssexExile Posts: 6,136 Forumite
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    Most cordless phones have a volume control.
    Tall, dark & handsome. Well two out of three ain't bad.
  • Most cordless phones have a volume control.
    I should have mentioned - the volume is turned up to max.

  • knightstyle
    knightstyle Posts: 6,988 Forumite
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    Cheaper alternative....Magnisound 3000 TV Amplifier Hearing Aid   should work on a telephone and under a fiver.
  • knightstyle
    knightstyle Posts: 6,988 Forumite
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    Cheaper alternative....Magnisound 3000 TV Amplifier Hearing Aid   should work on a telephone and under a fiver.
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