Assistive Listening Devices & Alerting Devices
- ASSISTIVE LISTENING DEVICES (ALDS) can help individuals with
hearing loss may make listening in difficult environments easier. ALDs are able to connect to hearing instruments, or in some cases be used as a standalone to overcome the negative effects of distance, background noise or poor acoustics. ALDs include FM systems, loop systems, amplified telephones, and wireless listening devices for the television.
- BLUETOOTH TECHNOLOGY: Many hearing aids now come with the ability to connect wirelessly to Bluetooth enabled devices, such as a cell phone. Bluetooth devices are typically hearing aid
manufacturer specific and likely have the options of connecting to the television or a land line telephone via a box that changes your TV or telephone signal into a Bluetooth wireless signal. Depending on manufacturer, there is also an option for a wireless external microphone to help in meetings or noisy settings.
- ALERTING DEVICES: Alerting devices are used for individuals with hearing loss to signal when a sound is occurring. Alerting devices often substitute a flashing light or vibration for typically sound-based alarms. Alerting devices work with fire alarms, door bells, telephone ringers, alarm clocks, and baby crying devices. Some hearing aid manufacturers also offer an alerting system which wirelessly connects the hearing aids to a smoke alarm, bed shaker, telephone and doorbell detectors via a rechargeable remote control.