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My husband can't hold the cell phone up to his ear for any length of time. He is in a group home (assisted living), so we provide our own phone service. Is there a speaker of some type that we can hook up the phone to so he can answer it by pressing the button and talking on the speaker? I'm trying to look this up on the Internet, but thousands of bluetooth aids come up. Hard to sift through.

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We have a Panasonic answering machine, phone, which is a landline. All you do is press the button on speaker and you can answer, hang up and talk It will also take messages which shows a blinking red light when there is a message.. Purchased at Walmart. Do not own a cell phone and will never again get one. They are impossible to handle and use up too much time waiting for people who put you on hold.
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Ok, Red Green :)

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Jessie both my dads hesring aids and the answering device are made by Phonak. Both were provided free of charge from the veterans administration in philadelphia. Good communication is imperative when you cant always be there in person. Good luck.
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I use headphones when talking on my cell phone. Then he does not have to hold the telephone. You can get them from his cell phone company or on ebay. Just make sure they are compatible with his particular cell phone.
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luvudad, sounds like a PERFECT solution. I'll go out and purchase one today. mollydolly, I'll give this a try as well. would work for me too! Our phones have an automatic speakerphone shut off when call is completed, so don't worry about speakerphone being left. Thanks to all for comments and help.
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For around $6 you can buy an landline phone that connects to the cell phone. Here is a link to check it out.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/VTech-LS916-Corded-Handset/25125380
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Depending on the model phone, turn up the volume, when ready to speak, press the "ok" button pressed twice. It will activate a speaker-system as opposed to having to hold the phone to your ear. We have a TracFone. See your user manual. I would highly recommend a TracFone as they are inexpensive, reliable, and offered in many varieties.
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Jessie I will find out the brand name of the device and get back to you today
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Patrice, that is even better than what I was thinking. I had wondered if blue tooth might be a little difficult for people to hear correctly if they had hearing aids. That sounds much better.
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My father received his hearing aids thru the VA. He wears a little box around his neck. It is hooked up to his hearing aids like a blue tooth. Call comes in and he touches the front of box around his neck and the call automatically goes into his hearing aids. Never has to actually touch the phone unless he wants to make a call.
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I would go back to the old fashioned landline telephones.... they are so much easier for elders to hear landline to landline, and if one wants to cradle the phone on the shoulder so much easier. Plus the newer landline phones all seem to have the speaker phone :)

My sig other use to forget and leave his speakerphone *on* when using his cellphone. I could hear both sides of the conversation no matter where we were. So much for privacy, and the caller never knew the world could hear him or her.
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I believe iPhones have an automatic 'default to speakerphone on answer.' Go to a store and ask.
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