A phone that rings as loud as electric drill!

PTI | ByAsian News International, London
Oct 31, 2005 05:37 PM IST

Get ready for a phone that might help you attend to your call even at noisy workplaces.

How many times has it happened that you missed your call on the cell phone because you cannot hear it due to the surrounding noise. Well, help may soon be at hand, for researchers have developed a phone that rings as loud as an electric drill to help you hear in noisy workplaces.

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The 83 decibels phone (Noisyphone) rings as loud as an electric drill and is very effective in noisy workplaces. Researchers said that the ear-splitting ring is twice the level of a normal phone.

This apart, the phone also has a bright red flashing light that alerts users to an incoming call. The caller's voice is also louder than on normal phones.

The makers of the Noisyphone have claimed that elderly people, who may be hard of hearing, will now never miss another call and can enjoy an audible conversation more comfortably, reports The Mirror.

Priced at 89.95 pounds, the landline phone has a one-inch wide dialling buttons and a speed-dial keypad designed to hold photographs of a family member or friend. By simply pressing one of the pictured key buttons, the user is in direct contact with that person within seconds.

The phone also has three special emergency buttons that can be programmed for numbers such as 999, an on-call doctor and a neighbour or relative. The brains of 14 volunteers. They were all exposed to a series of experiments involving harmless but uncomfortable electric shocks, which were designed to cause anxiety.

Findings revealed that volunteers who had the least anxiety responses, which was gauged by how sweaty their palms were during the tests, tended to have thicker vmPFCs and vice versa.

"These results suggest that a bigger vmPFC may be protective against anxiety disorders or that a smaller one may be a predisposing factor," said Dr Milad.

Researchers said that now they would look at genetic and other environmental factors to see what made the brain differences, adding, that in the future, it might be possible to measure a person's vmPFC to predict whether they are more prone to anxiety disorders such as PTSD.

"We know that some people are more vulnerable to stress and anxiety and it is nice to have a biological correlate of that. Certainly, that part of the brain is associated with a whole manner of psychiatric vulnerabilities. It is not surprising that anxiety disorders may also have part of their  underlying vulnerability in that area," said Dr. Hallstrom.

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