Free Amplified Phone Available to Texans With Hearing Loss

The New Clarity XL40D Removes Background Noise, Amplifies Voice and Is First to Feature Innovative New Customer Service Technology.

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - February 16, 2010) - The Clarity XL40D, a new amplified telephone designed by Clarity, a division of Plantronics (NYSE: PLT), is now available through the Texas Specialized Telecommunications Assistance Program (STAP). The new phone makes conversations easier to understand for the estimated 3.8 million Texans with hearing loss.

The Clarity XL40D can be obtained at no-cost by Texas residents who are certified as having a hearing loss by calling 1-866-525-2748. Callers will be directed to distribution centers in their area.

The Clarity XL40D amplifies incoming sound up to 50 decibels while reducing distracting background noise using a technology traditionally found only in hearing aids. Dubbed Digital Clarity Power™, the technology improves conversations by not just making words louder, but making them clearer and easier to understand. Additionally, outgoing speech can be amplified up to 15 decibels. The XL40D is an ideal solution for those with a severe hearing loss.

"Nearly 4 million Texans struggle with hearing loss. STAP is doing a tremendous job by providing these individuals with a means to connect with friends and family," said Carsten Trads, president of Clarity. "We are honored to provide STAP with the XL40D -- we're confident this phone will make a tremendous impact on residents across Texas."

Among the features of the XL40D is ClarityLogic®, the latest technology from Clarity that allows for simplified customer support that provides accurate and immediate results. Phone users simply call an 800 phone number and a Clarity representative can remotely evaluate their phone to provide feedback or adjust settings.

"ClarityLogic gives a new meaning to 'smart phone' and is unlike anything available in today's standard phones," continued Trads. "One call to Clarity and our customer service team can remotely diagnose and adjust the settings of the phone. The STAP program enables residents of Texas to get the benefit of this smart phone."

The XL40D features four tone settings for a customized listening experience and an extra loud speakerphone for hands-free conversations. It also has large backlit keys that speak the number when dialed and offers 12 speed dial buttons.

About STAP

The STAP is a voucher program offered by the state of Texas for the purchase of specialized assistive equipment or services by Texas residents whose disability interferes with their ability to access the telephone network. For more information about this program please contact the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, Office for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services at 512-407-3250 or or visit

About Clarity

Clarity® is a leading supplier of amplified telephones, notification systems, assistive listening devices and other communications devices for those with hearing loss. A leader in sound amplification, Clarity's patented technologies, Clarity® Power™ and Digital Clarity Power™, provide customized solutions for customers who otherwise could not communicate easily and effectively with the outside world. As more people begin to address their hearing needs, Clarity will continue to provide effective technologies that are simple and easy to use.

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