It all began forty years ago in North Georgia with a redesigned telephone-switching card for BellSouth.

A former BellSouth engineer in Ringgold, Georgia, Wesley Walker founded Clarity in 1969 and has over the decades maintained a tradition of excellence through innovation.

Clarity began manufacturing amplified telephone handsets for public telephones in 1975. The company's next major achievement came in 1977, with the patenting of its Diode Bridge -- technology necessary for amplified handsets. Clarity then developed the worlds smallest, lightest test set in 1984.

Clarity in 1986 was acquired by Plantronics Inc., a leading provider of communication headsets for the office, residential, mobile/cellular and computer audio markets. This strategic affiliation opened new markets for Clarity products, especially in the international arena. Another pivotal moment came in 1989, with the introduction of Clarity Power. That same year, the State of Florida chose the company to supply telephone products for its special needs program, the first and largest of its kind nationally. Clarity also began distributing its equipment abroad in the Netherlands and Ireland .

Clarity again demonstrated its leadership in the telecommunications industry in 1991 with the authoring of the worldwide standard for measuring telephone handset and headset transmission performance. The following year, Clarity introduced the second generation of Clarity Power products, significantly reducing its price and adding features. By 1997, Clarity telephones were being sold nationwide through distribution partners and government programs in 26 states. Products were also being sold in seven European countries.

Another breakthrough came in 1999, with Clarity's introduction of the W9001 -- the first cordless telephone developed specifically for the hearing impaired community. This product line has since become the company's most popular. Clarity introduced in 2000 the third generation of Clarity Power telephones with improved performance and features.

Recent research has shown half of all Baby Boomers experience some form of hearing loss. As more people begin to address their hearing needs, Clarity will continue to provide communications solutions that are effective, reliable and user-friendly.