I have been testing this service with the range of Emporia phones recently reviewed but I have also tested it with other recent SmartPhones. In fact I would never have heard of Audacious without my meeting earlier this year with the man from Emporia.
You go onto the Emporia website and select the service that suits your needs, in fact you can conduct a hearing test before you sign up. They recommend you do the test a couple of times and certainly you should repeat it if you get a new phone.
The hearing test play sounds you just click on your computer space bar when you hear the sounds, the whole test takes around five minutes, it then allows you to hear things with and without the adjustments being made, sounds simple, but some sounds like the higher register of voices that I have struggled with for years become clearer.
Their service is not tied to any length of time you just pay a monthly fee. Should you wish you can transfer your current number just as you would when you change to a phone tied to a company. Audacious use the EE backbone.
Often with mobile calls it is not just the volume level but also the pitch that is important, the speaker in any phone is small and while all phones are better these days there is no adjustment within phones for pitch.
I tested this Audacious SIM not only in the range of Emporia phones but also in Mainstream phones used by millions and in all cases the sound became more rounded and easier to hear.
Because of the current Pandemic I was unable to check in noisy places like railway stations but if the sound is better in normal home environments then surely it would be better when other noises intervene. However I did do one test with other noise in the room with a spoken CD playing as well as the TV news so I had three streams coming to my ears.
While all my tests say my hearing throughout the spectrum is in the ‘poor’ band like a lot of older people what is always a problem for me is in crowded rooms with multiple conversations and extracting the one conversation from the multitude.
The SIM they send is fullsize, however it just pushes out to become a micro SIM and then should you change your phone you can tease out the small border to make it a nano SIM.
There are a range of deals available see www.audacious.co.uk for all the tariffs but for someone with light Internet use a GB of data goes a long way and you also get 500 minutes or calls and 500 texts all for £7.50 a month.
Comment by paul_smart, May 4, 2020 8:22