Talking on the telephone can be frustrating if you have a hearing problem. Luckily many phones now come equipped with a special coil that amplifies the signal whenever someone with a hearing aid uses that phone. They must have a hearing aid with a “T” switch. When the hearing aid is in the “T” position, the phone can be used at a comfortable volume without feedback and with minimal background noise. Called “hearing-aid compatible” these phones can be purchased from your telephone company. Not all hearing aids have a “T” switch so make sure that your aid has one before asking for a hearing aid compatible phone. Other telephone assistive devices are built into the phone and can be used by anyone. Some of these will return to normal volume after each call so that other members of the family can use the phone. The information provided here is general in nature and should not substitute for the care and advice of a licensed health care provider.