While hearing aids are the best option for many people to help with hearing comprehension, there are other devices that can make hearing aid usage much easier. Assistive listening devices are electronics (other than hearing aids) that can help translate sound into a more understandable mode of communication. Not everyone needs help after hearing aids to understand what they are hearing around them. We will not sell you items that you do not need.
The list below features some of the most common assistive listening devices. Please, contact us if you have questions about any of what is featured here.
Personal amplifiers work like a microphone and can be worn around the neck. Personal amplifiers can be used as a substitute for hearing aids for people with minor hearing loss. They can also be used as an extension to hearing aids for people with extreme hearing loss.
Hear 4 You Today is a certified seller of personal amplifiers. Please, click its’ name to be brought to their webpage.
Speech-to-Text telephones have a large screen attached to the phone that dictates what the person on the other line is saying. The telephones are easy to use, have Bluetooth connectivity, and louder than normal speakerphones. These phones can be government-funded, so you can find funding to pay for them.
Two companies we like to use are CapTel and CaptionCall. Please, click their names to be brought to the respective website.
Alerting Devices can be connected to a telephone, doorbell, or other alarm that will create a loud sound or blinking lights to alert someone with a hearing loss that the connected device is being used. It allows for easier recognition of actions within a household.
Hear 4 You Today is a certified seller of alerting devices. Please, click its’ name to be brought to their webpage.
Augmentative Communication Devices
The augmentative communication devices (AACs) can range from simple devices to more complex electronics. They are designed to aid people with communication disorders as a way to express themselves and converse with others. The simple devices can be objects such as picture boards. The complex devices can be computer programs that translate text to speech.
School Health is a certified seller of augmentative communication devices. Please, click its’ name to be brought to their webpage.
If you would like to do more research on assistive hearing devices, we suggest looking at the National Institute of Health website. Please, click its’ name to be brought to their website.