Arthritis Foundation® Ease-of-Use Phones

For the 46 million Americans living with arthritis, calling loved ones on the phone is now easier. Select amplified telephones from Clarity now carry the Arthritis Foundation's Ease-of-Use commendation for user-friendly products.

Clarity phones that earn this commendation must be lightweight, ergonomic and easy to hold. Buttons must be large and soft to the touch. The functionality should be simple and the handset must be comfortable against the ear.

The phones manufactured by Clarity that have received this award so far are the C4230, D600, D700 and XLC series of phones. Clarity is the only company that has been recognized by the Arthritis Foundation with an Ease-of-Use commendation for amplified telephones.

"For decades, we've been listening to our customers and we know that with age comes hearing loss and other health challenges like arthritis," said Carsten Trads, president of Clarity. "We took deliberate steps with the design of the D613 (and C4230) to make this more than a hearing loss phone -- we made the buttons easier to press and the handset easier to hold for our customers with arthritis so we are honored to be recognized by the Arthritis Foundation."

The Arthritis Foundation's Ease-of-Use Commendation program was created to encourage the design of user-friendly products and packaging for the 46 million Americans with arthritis. To earn recognition, the Clarity D600, D700 and C4230 phones were required to pass two sets of rigorous evaluations. The first was conducted by an independent team of researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute. Testers examined the phone's design and compared it against guidelines set for products aimed at people with functional limitations due to arthritis.

The phones faced an even tougher crowd when it was put to the test in a focus group of people with moderate to extreme arthritic symptoms. The eight participants performed a variety of functions -- such as placing a call, adjusting volume and playing a recorded message -- to verify they could use the phone with little to no difficulty. Among the group's favorite features were the handset, described as "comfortable" and "easy to hold," and the buttons which were "easy to read and press."

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