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An amplifier or headset adapter is a piece of equipment that allows the headset
and handset to connect to the phone. The amplifier connects to the phone handset
jack. Your handset then plugs into the amplifier. The amplifier allows you to
switch from handset to headset as well as mute the call and adjust volume both
in and out.
On older phones and phones without a dedicated headset port you
will need to remove your handset
set the handset to the side of your phone to establish a call. When finished,
will need to replace your handset to hang up the call
. This is
because you need to raise and lower the switchhook lever located under your
handset ear piece to get a dial tone and hang up calls. Is this a
nuisance...yes...but it's what makes
with most phones. Changing to a different amplifier or manufacturer will not
change the fact that you need to raise and lower your handset for each call.
Newer phones will have a headset port
to plug into and a "
(or “speaker” button) which allows for on-hook dialing so you don't have to
remove your telephone handset for each call. You simply press the "
button (or the “speaker” button) or the ringing line button to answer a call and
press the "
Headset" button to hang
up a call.
Amplifiers have speaker volume and microphone volume, compatibility settings for
your specific phone, and a mute button. AA batteries are included to power the
amplifier. Batteries typically last six months to two years, depending on use,
and will beep in your ear during calls when the batteries are low. When the
batteries are low, you will have weeks to change them, so there's no fear of
disconnecting a call. You can also purchase an optional A/C adapter to eliminate
the need to purchase batteries.