Other Listening Devices
Pocketalker – for those who have difficulty managing small objects like hearing aids, those who lose hearing aids repeatedly, or people in hospital-like settings where a variety of caregivers handle daily needs, a pocketalker is often a more suitable alternative to traditional hearing aids. There are several styles available, but all come with a headset or earbuds for the person with the hearing impairment, and a microphone attached to a palm-sized box which is used to pick up voices.
Amplified telephone – people who have difficulty hearing the phone ring, or who have trouble understanding conversations, can often benefit from an amplified phone. Additional options include a flashing light when the phone is ringing, large buttons, speaker phone capabilities, and different settings so someone without a hearing loss can use the phone at lower volume levels. Some phones are even Bluetooth compatible with hearing aids.
Alerting device – very often people with hearing loss worry that they will miss important sounds, like the phone ringing, the doorbell, a baby monitor, an alarm clock or a fire alarm, especially when they are sleeping or not wearing their hearing aids. Alerting systems come in all shapes and sizes, can be portable (like watches or pagers) or mounted in a specific location (such as a bedroom), and are configured for many different applications. They often combine vibration, loud sounds, and lights to provide maximum peace of mind.
TV listening system – enables people to watch television at a distance and at their preferred volume. Most are wireless, and there are different options for those who want to be able to listen from different rooms (FM) or those who do not want the signal to interfere with their neighbours’ devices (Infrared). There are also some that communicate with hearing aids so no additional headphones are required.