Assistive Listening Devices (ALD) are sometimes necessary to help people hear better alone and as a supplement to today’s modern digital hearing aids. Although modern technology is ever-improving hearing aids, there are still some situations when other assistive devices are necessary. Some patients may be in special situations that will not require the use of a more expensive hearing aid, but rather a more affordable ALD by itself.
If you continue to experience particular difficulty in specific conditions even with hearing aids such as:
-hearing over the phone
-hearing alarms and other alerts
-listening to the television, radio or other media
-hearing in academic, business or religious meetings
You could be a good candidate for an ALD! ALDs of all shapes, sizes, and cost brackets are available to help those with many ranges of hearing loss. Media, face-to-face/one-on-one/meetings, telephone, and alerting devices can all be programmed or set to help you hear better!
Media and Meetings.
ALDs available for these types of situations bring the sound directly to you. A microphone is placed near the talker of interest or the loudspeaker playing the sound by direct hard-wire line or wirelessly (typically by Bluetooth in modern devices). The incoming signal is sent back and amplified to the loudspeaker you are using, or directly to your hearing aid! All sorts of media (e.g., televisions, game consoles, computers, video players, music players, and people around you – can be made much clearer and louder! Some systems will use frequency-modulation (FM), infrared, inductive, or Bluetooth technology is used to complete this process. Visual assistive systems are also available for media use (e.g., closed captioning).
Telephone and Cellular Phone Use.
Amplified telephones are available for Sonavel purchase that simply amplifies the sound to a greater extent than traditional phone systems. Special amplifiers that can attach to the phone you currently use are also available to provide a volume boost of the incoming speech signal. If you are still having difficulty with the telephone, visual assistive aids are available (e.g., relay systems or real-time captioning phones).
Alerting and Safety Precautions.
Alerting devices that combine audio and visual assistance are available to purchase. Usually these devices incorporate light, sound, video, and tactile sensations (e.g., vibration) to alert some signal. These devices are often created to help with everyday alerting systems (e.g., baby monitors, alarm clocks, door bells, smoke detectors).
Find a local hearing healthcare provider to make an appointment with today! They will be able to guide you to make a decision of whether or not an ALD a good choice for your hearing journey. Some ALDs are created to fit specifically to your hearing aid’s make and model. These will directly couple to your aid, customizing your hearing experience even further. Call today to determine which assistive listening device options are best for you!