HITEC Group Awarded U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Assistive Listening Device Contract

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ClearSounds Devices Chosen are A1600 Amplified Cordless Phone System, and Quattro Connect360 Bluetooth Neckloop System

ClearSounds® A1600 Amplified Cordless Phone System, a combination base speakerphone and cordless handset with audio amplification, was recently selected under an assistive listening device contract with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

We're proud to have our assistive listening devices selected by the VA. Just as they are committed to serving veterans we are committed to helping those who experience hearing loss to hear, connect and belong.

HITEC Group, the developer, distributor and manufacturer of assistive listening devices, announces it has been awarded the assistive listening device contract from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). A longtime supplier of amplified devices to the VA, the HITEC Group products selected under the contract are the ClearSounds® A1600 Amplified Cordless Phone System, a combination base speakerphone and cordless handset with audio amplification, and ClearSounds Quattro™ Connect360 Bluetooth Neckloop System, a personal, portable assistive listening device to amplify the audio of multiple gadgets, including smartphones, televisions, portable media players and tablet computers, such as the Apple® iPod® and Apple® iPad®.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs serves more than 27 million veterans. In doing so, it has a need for products and services from industries as required by a nationwide system of hospitals, clinics, Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISN), data processing centers, and National Cemeteries which require a broad spectrum of goods and services. It purchases these goods and services on a national, regional, and local level.

The VA Remote Order Entry System (ROES) application allows veterans to place orders online for these products and/or services available through the Denver Acquisition & Logistics Center (DALC). ROES provides a convenient, secure means of using the internet to place orders for products available through the DALC. Both the ClearSounds A1600 Amplified Cordless Phone System and ClearSounds Quattro Connect360 Bluetooth Neckloop System are available for purchase through ROES from DALC.

“We are proud to have our assistive listening devices selected by the VA,” said Michele Ahlman, President, ClearSounds Communications. “Just as they are committed to serving veterans we are committed to helping those who experience mild to moderate hearing loss to hear, connect and belong. Diminished hearing abilities are experienced by many veterans, such as my father, a retired U.S. Army Major, who along with my mother founded this company and developed our first products.”

ClearSounds A1600 Amplified Cordless Phone System
A digital, amplified cordless telephone with a base speakerphone, cordless handset and built-in answering machine. It features an oversize, back-lit keypad and eight photo memory dial buttons that make it easy to use. It has a bright, visual ringer on the base and handset, talking caller ID (which speaks the name and number of the caller), talking phonebook and talking keypad. The digital answering machine has 15 minutes of recording time, a call screening intercept that allows the listener to hear caller messages as they are being recorded, and an adjustable message playback speed. Additional features include a one-touch emergency dial button in the base, a jack for an optional vibrating pad that offers silent ring signaling, a vibrating headset ringer, and multiple language supports on the base and handset. MSRP is $219.95.

Quattro Connect360 Bluetooth Neckloop System
A personal, portable assistive listening device to amplify the audio of multiple Bluetooth-enabled gadgets, including cordless phones, smartphones, televisions tablets and personal computers. It therefore has applications for mobile, home and office use, and enables multitasking. It is useable by those who are with normal hearing, hard of hearing but do not use hearing aids, users of hearing aids with or without t-coils, and users of open fit hearing aids without t-coils. It reduces or eliminates interference between cellular phones and hearing aids or cochlear processors, has easy one-touch answering for phone calls, is compatible with voice dialing (if supported by cell phone provider) and has a built-in microphone with no interference from background noise. MSRP is $199.95

ClearSounds is also announcing that all its products are now available at Abt Electronics in Chicago, the largest independent single-store appliance/electronics retailer in the country. The Abt Electronics 65,000-square-foot showroom is located in Glenview, IL, and delivers to customers in four states, with online retail at Abt.com. The store carries more than 5,000 products, including many that are introduced at Abt before gaining wider distribution. For more information, visit http://www.abt.com.

HITEC Group and ClearSounds Communications
Founded in 1984, HITEC Group is a family-owned business that specializes in the distribution of products that change the lives of people with hearing and vision loss. HITEC Group developed and manufactured several private label products under its brand. In 2004, ClearSounds Communications was incorporated as a separate company to launch and expand its signature line of telecommunication products that combined functionality with style and versatility. ClearSounds Communications is the leading manufacturer of cutting-edge assistive listening devices and amplified communication products for individuals experiencing mild-to-moderate hearing loss. These products include corded and cordless phones, Bluetooth headsets, neckloops, signalers, clocks and television listening devices. For more information visit http://www.clearsounds.com.

ClearSounds and Quattro Connect360 are registered trademarks or trademarks of ClearSounds Communications, Inc. All other brand names, product names or trademarks belong to their respective holders.

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