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Panasonic

June 21, 2011 09:30 ET

New Panasonic Cordless Telephone Offers Ease of Use for People With Hearing Loss, Low Vision, Arthritis

New Model Receives Ease-of-Use Commendation From Arthritis Foundation

SECAUCUS, NJ--(Marketwire - Jun 21, 2011) - Panasonic, the leading brand of cordless home telephones worldwide,* today announced the introduction of a new cordless telephone with three exclusive features making it easier and more comfortable for use by people with hearing loss, low vision and arthritis. Affirming its capabilities, the new telephone, Model KX-TG6591T, has received the Ease-of-Use commendation from the Arthritis Foundation. The three exclusive features -- Tone Equalizer, Talking Caller ID and Any Key Answer -- provide telephone users with the ability to hear conversations more clearly and operate the phone with minimal button pushing.

"Panasonic is committed to designing accessible products that advance the principles of universal design -- attractive, unobtrusive and easy to use for people of a variety of ages and ability levels," said Bill Taylor, President of Panasonic System Networks Company of America. "As we age, many people want a phone that meets our changing needs but do not want to sacrifice design and functionality."

"Aside from being a stressful and frustrating effect of hearing loss, difficulty hearing on the telephone can negatively impact one's quality of life," said Natalye Faison, Au.D, Audiologist, Panasonic Healthcare Group, which develops and manufactures innovative digital hearing instruments. "Many people with hearing loss find it especially difficult to hear certain sounds because their hearing loss may affect only a specific range of pitches, Panasonic's new phones offer the flexibility to control the bass, mid-range or treble tones in a caller's voice for maximum clarity."

With the exclusive Tone Equalizer feature, included on all 2011 Panasonic cordless phones, individuals with mild to moderate hearing loss can easily use a toggle switch on the handset to boost the frequencies they hear best in callers' voices -- treble, mid-range or bass -- making it easier to understand the conversation.

Easier Operation
The telephone also offers features to improve usability for people with low vision and arthritis, including:

  • Talking Caller ID - announces Caller ID information between rings using text-to-speech technology so there is no need to pick up or look at the handset to know who is calling
  • Any-key Answer - press any handset key to pick up a call
  • Non-slip Handset - exclusive to Panasonic, the rubberized grip helps prevent slipping and the handset is shaped to be easy to hold or to cradle
  • Large, rubberized backlit buttons
  • Easy-to-read white backlit LCD display
  • Hands-free speakerphone on handset and base unit

The KX-TG6591T includes these exclusive features that are found on all 2011 Panasonic single-line cordless telephones:

  • Proprietary DECT 6.0 Plus® technology for high quality sound and extended range
  • Intelligent Eco Mode - Automatically lowers the power consumption when using the handset close to the base unit
  • Call Block - Program unwanted callers' numbers into a blocked list
  • Silent Mode - Program any handset, such as a bedside phone, not to ring during specified hours

The KX-TG6591T cordless phone is now available in stores nationwide for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $59.95, which includes one handset. A two-handset model, KX-TG6592T, is also available (SRP: $79.95). Both models are expandable up to six handsets. Additional handsets can be purchased for $19.95 each. For more information about Panasonic telephones, please visit www.panasonic.com/phonestuff.

**Telephone Market Share Analysis: http://www.panasonic.net/pcc/products/tel/

About Panasonic System Networks Company of America
Based in Secaucus, NJ, Panasonic System Networks Company of America is a unit of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation (NYSE: PC). A comprehensive business-to-business solutions provider, the company develops and delivers reliable, affordable, and flexible solutions for communication, collaboration, security and productivity. The complete suite of solutions addresses home and business communications, security and surveillance systems, retail information systems, office productivity solutions, and high definition visual conferencing, keeping Panasonic customers connected, informed, accessible and secure. Information is available at www.panasonic.com/psna. Additional company information for journalists is available at www.panasonic.com/pressroom.

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