Assistive Living Devices
What are Assistive Listening Devices (ALD’s)?
In some situations a person may have permanent hearing loss, but hearing aids aren’t the answer. Or more often, hearing aids don’t fulfill all of the needs of the person with hearing loss. ALD’s are specialized technology that are designed to meet many needs in the life of a person who has hearing loss.
At ClearLife Hearing Care we are uniquely situated to recommend ALD’s, because we get to work with our patients in their regular environment. So if they are having trouble hearing the TV or telephone, doorbell, or alarm clock, we can assess the situation. In many cases we set up ALD’s in the home for our patients, and instruct them on how to use them.
Trouble hearing on the phone? These phones can be turned up extra loud to allow you to hear with or without your hearing aid. If your hearing aid squeals when you talk on the phone, it may need to be reprogrammed. We can help with that!
The best of both worlds, these phones will caption your calls on a large, easy to read display, and will amplify the voice. We provide the installation, and once they are set up captioned phones are very easy to use.
If you have trouble hearing the TV with your hearing aids, and your current hearing aids aren’t compatible with wireless accessories, TV ears may be the best option. You can control your own volume, and the sound goes directly into your ears. We can set it up and show you how to use it.
Vibrating Alarm Clocks
Many people take their hearing aids out when they go to bed at night, making it difficult to hear the alarm in the morning. This tactile solution will alert you to the alarm going off by vibrating a flat panel that rests under your pillow.
Has anyone rung your doorbell but you were unable to hear it? Have you ever had a scare when a loved one didn’t answer the door? A flashing doorbell will provide a visual alert in addition to the doorbell sound, ensuring that you’re aware when someone is at the door. We will install it for you.
This device is a great option for someone needing a cost-effective option to communicate in limited situations, such as at doctors appointments, or when caretakers are in the room. This is a portable system that sends sound directly from a hand-held microphone into an amplified headset.
Many modern hearing aids have built-in wireless options
The built-in Bluetooth technology that is present in many of today’s hearing aids allows us to connect the hearing aids directly to ALDs. For example, many of our patients have their hearing aids set up to connect to their TV audio, answer phone calls hands-free, and connect to remote microphones for use in more difficult listening situations.
We do in-home and in-office hearing needs assessments. Let us help you improve your life with better hearing!