ALBUQUERQUE, NM--(Marketwire - Jul 18, 2011) - New Mexicans who are deaf or hard of hearing can now obtain one of two new amplified cordless phones or a visual alert system at no cost thanks to New Mexico Commission for Deaf & Hard of Hearing (NMCDHH), the State Government Agency that distributes specialized telecommunications equipment.

Developed by Clarity, a division of Plantronics (NYSE: PLT) that provides smart communication solutions for seniors, the new phones -- the Clarity XLC2 and XLC3.4 -- amplify incoming sounds up to 50 decibels and are the most powerful of NMCDHH's cordless options. The statewide distributor is also offering Clarity's AL10, a visual alert system that helps the deaf and those with profound hearing loss stay connected to the world around them and remain secure in their homes.

New Mexico residents who are certified as having a hearing loss can easily obtain the XLC2, XLC3.4 or AL10 by completing an application, providing a copy of a landline phone bill, a copy of an audiogram or hearing test and a copy of a driver's license or state issued identification card. For more information, call NMCDHH at 1-800-489-8536 or visit

"NMCDHH was founded to provide New Mexico's hearing loss community with information, resources and powerful communication solutions like Clarity's digital amplified phones and visual alert system," said Shannon Smith, NMCDHH's Director of Telecommunications & Technical Assistance/Relay Administrator. "We serve people of all ages with minor hearing loss to complete deafness. So, we are constantly searching for the best solutions that will meet all of these needs and we believe Clarity's products are the best out there for our state."

Both the XLC2 and XLC3.4 use Digital Clarity Power to amplify incoming sounds and remove unwanted and distracted noises, much like a hearing aid. Also, the phones boost outgoing speech up to 15 decibels, making communication much easier for people who have trouble hearing and speaking loudly.

Along with powerful amplification technology, the XLC2 and XLC3.4 provide assistance with other common health challenges. For example, the phones feature Talking Caller ID, which announces the incoming caller, and a Talking Dial Pad with back-lit buttons to help people with low vision. And the large, soft-touch buttons on the handset and phone base are spaced apart to be easily accessible to those with dexterity issues or Arthritis. Both products include a loud and clear speakerphone and Talking Caller ID in which the handsets speak the number of the incoming caller so you always know who's trying to reach you. The XLC3.4 features a Caller ID screen as well. The extra loud (95dB) and super bright visual ringers on both phones make sure you never miss a call.

The multi-purpose AL10 utilizes sensors to monitor activity within the home, such as doorbells, telephone and videophone calls, children's cries or motion. When detected, bright flashing lights and large backlit icons on the AL10 alert users to the activity.

The AL10 also can be configured to flash a lamp in a room or shake a bed or pillow when activity occurs. The AL10 pairs well with existing home security systems, helping alert users when an alarm is triggered. With nearly a dozen accessories ranging from baby sound monitors to door announcers to motion sensors, the AL10 can be expanded for use throughout the home.

"NMCDHH is an outstanding program which helps so many people throughout New Mexico," said Carsten Trads, president of Clarity. "Hearing loss impacts millions across the U.S., yet the issue is often overlooked, and few are aware that solutions like amplified telephones even exist. With NMCDHH's help, hopefully more people in New Mexico will find the assistance they need for their hearing loss."

The State of New Mexico Commission for Deaf and Hard of Hearing provides effective leadership, education, advocacy and programs to reduce barriers to the social, economic, educational, cultural and intellectual well-being of Deaf and Hard of Hearing New Mexicans and their families, friends and colleagues. For more information, visit or call 1-800-489-8536.

About Clarity - Smart for Seniors ™
Clarity, a division of Plantronics (NYSE: PLT), creates smart communication solutions that help seniors live richer, more engaged lives. For more than 40 years, Clarity's innovative products -- such as amplified telephones, notification systems and assistive listening devices -- have helped people with hearing loss, low vision, limited mobility, dexterity issues and other health challenges. Clarity has pioneered many firsts -- from digital sound processing in 2005 to remote-access customer service in 2010. Millions rely on Clarity to communicate at home, at work and throughout their lives. For more information, please visit or call 1-800-426-3738.