ClearSounds Makes it Possible to Hear the 2011 LeadingAge Idea House

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Assistive listening devices will be featured in the LeadingAge Idea House at the LeadingAge Annual Meeting and IAHSA Global Ageing Conference, October 16 to 19, 2011 in Washington, D.C. Devices featured are the ClearSounds CSC600ER UltraClear™ Amplifying Emergency Connect Speakerphone, and the ClearSounds Shake up Wake up Alarm Clock.

ClearSounds CSC600ER UltraClear Amplifying Emergency Connect Speakerphone The ClearSounds CSC600ER UltraClear Amplifying Emergency Connect Speakerphone gives its users security and confidence to continue with daily activities and maintain their independen

ClearSounds CSC600ER UltraClear Amplifying Emergency Connect Speakerphone enables emergency dialing for safety and peace of mind, with a pendant that makes remote call answering possible.

As an exhibit showing how technology and design can be integrated into any level of senior living, this is our opportunity to show how helpful and accessible assistive listening devices can be. - Michele Ahlman, President, ClearSounds Communications.

HITEC Group, the developer, distributor and manufacturer of assistive listening devices, announces that two of its new ClearSounds® assistive listening products will be featured in the LeadingAge Idea House at the LeadingAge Annual Meeting and IAHSA Global Ageing Conference held on October 16 to 19, 2011 in Washington, D.C. Devices featured are the ClearSounds CSC600ER UltraClear™ Amplifying Emergency Connect Speakerphone, which enables emergency dialing for safety and peace of mind, with a pendant that works up to 195 feet from the phone base and makes remote call answering possible, with no monthly subscription required, and the ClearSounds Shake up Wake up Alarm Clock that features a choice of loud tones, flashing lights and vibrating pads to act as a visual and sound alarm.

The LeadingAge Annual Meeting and IAHSA Global Ageing Conference is the largest gathering in aging services. The event brings together the entire field of aging in one place to share ideas and best practices. It is produced by LeadingAge, an association of 5,400 not-for-profit organizations, dedicated to expanding the world of possibilities for aging. It advances policies, promotes practices and conducts research to support, enable and empower people to live fully as they age.

First introduced at the Conference in 2009, the 2011 LeadingAge Idea House will be built on-site at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. It is an exciting 5,000-square-foot destination of full-scale rooms and open-air spaces which will showcase trends in technology, design, and the latest innovations and cutting-edge applications for senior-living environments. The Idea House offers visitors a comprehensive overview of approaches to universal design, home modifications, safety/fall prevention, green and sustainable design, technology, and quality-of-life promotion. It is a place to experience aging-in-place with universal design and accessible amenities that support the lifestyle preferences and changing health care needs of both today and tomorrow’s elders. Exhibited products range from plumbing, flooring and furniture to the latest technologies designed to enhance safety, health and wellness, social connectedness and entertainment for older consumers. The futuristic living space includes a full kitchen, living areas, bedrooms and bathrooms. The outdoor living spaces, gardens and exercise areas harness nature to enhance the mind, body and spirit connection, to provide advance healing, rehabilitation and wellness. The latest technological innovations and sustainable designs that are shown serve the increasing marketplace of socially conscious consumers’ demands for eco-friendly building and design options for a smaller carbon footprint, and show ways to better manage the varying energy usage patterns and demands of senior-living campuses.

“As an exhibit showing how technology and design can be integrated into any level of senior living, we are proud to feature our ClearSounds products in this year’s LeadingAge Idea House,” said Michele Ahlman, President, ClearSounds Communications. “With more than 9 million Americans over the age of 65 living with hearing loss, and more than one-third of the U.S. population experiencing hearing loss by the age of 65, the overall number of people with hearing impairments is increasing at a faster rate as a direct result of the aging of our population. This is an opportunity for us to show how helpful and accessible assistive listening devices can be for those who experience hearing loss to hear, connect and belong by incorporating these devices into where they live.”

The LeadingAge Idea House is located in the west lobby of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, and will be open to the public during conference hours from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 17 through to Wednesday, October 19. A media tour will be offered on Monday October 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. A virtual tour of the LeadingAge Idea House is available to be viewed online here. More information about the LeadingAge Idea House is available here.

For those interested in learning more about how ClearSounds assistive listening devices fit within the LeadingAge Idea House, and how their products improve the lives of those with hearing and/or listening challenges, Michele Ahlman, President of ClearSounds, will be available onsite for the duration of the conference. To arrange an interview please contact Rosa Mangiardi at 415-728-2113, or rosa(dott)mangiardi(at)continuumcrew(dot)com.

ClearSounds CSC600ER UltraClear Amplifying Emergency Connect Speakerphone
The ClearSounds CSC600ER UltraClear Amplifying Emergency Connect Speakerphone gives its users security and confidence to continue with daily activities and maintain their independence. Key features include emergency dialing for safety and peace of mind. It is capable of auto dialing up to 5 pre-programmed numbers, and has a recordable outgoing emergency message. Its extra loud ringer is adjustable to 104 dB and has a bright visual ringer. It is paired with a pendant that enables remote call answering and disconnecting, and works up to 195 feet from the phone base. The phone base has an amplified speakerphone with 50 dB amplification and full range tone control. It also allows for remote audio monitoring with no monthly subscription required. The base unit is large with a backlit angle-adjustable LCD display and a big-button easy-to-read backlit keypad and bright visual ringer. It has a jack for an optional vibrating pad accessory. MSRP is $199.95.

ClearSounds SW200 Shake Up Wake Up Alarm Clock
ClearSounds SW200 Shake up Wake up Alarm Clock is both a sound and visual alarm. With its selection of loud tones, a flashing light and a vibrating pad, it allows you to choose the wake-up option that works best for your needs: using the shaker, shaker plus sound, flashing lights plus sound, or shaker plus flash. The tone is adjustable in volume up to 87 dB as well as in pitch. It incorporates Square Wave technology, a 520 Hz sound wave pattern proven to be more effective in waking people than standard alarm clocks. The unique vibrating pad can also be connected to a ClearSounds amplified phone, amplified ringer or digital clock. It can even be placed under a pillow or mattress, so that when a call comes in, the vibrating pad shakes to alert you when and where you may be resting or sleeping. Other key features include dual alarm settings and a jack for lamp connection with lamp on/off control. Volume, tone and pattern controls are also available for an audible alarm. It has a built-in telephone line jack for ring signaling, and a large LCD display with dimmer switch. MSRP $89.99.

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, CSC600ER UltraClear and SW200 Shake Up Wake Up Alarm Clock 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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