What an Assistive Listening Device
Can do for You

An assistive listening device in today’s environment has cutting edge technology that allows you to hear and understand what is being said to you or around you more clearly.  Assistive hearing devices facilitate increased participation in your own life and that of others.

If you’ve ever been around someone with hearing loss you know how difficult communication can be.   It is a very common condition among seniors and it is often left unattended and untreated.    In many cases loss of hearing happens very slowly and the progression goes unnoticed as it occurs.

Did You Know This?

Studies show that there is a greater risk of developing dementia where people have untreated hearing loss than with people who do not have hearing loss.

Studies also show that loss of hearing is often accelerated in patients with diabetes especially when it is not controlled with medication.

To help identify hearing trouble ask yourself these questions:

  • Do I have to ask people to repeat themselves often?

  • Does the television volume have to be turned up just for me so I can hear?
  • Do I feel people are mumbling when they speak?
  • Do I have trouble communicating by phone because you can’t hear well?
  • Do I have to strain to understand and a conversation?
  • Do I get frustrated because I can’t hear or understand what someone is saying?

If you have answered yes to these questions, you should consult a health professional who specializes in this area.

An Assistive Listening Device for Your Hearing Challenges

This type of device helps to amplify the sounds you want to hear and reduces background noise so you can hear clearly.   Some of them are made specifically for large venues such as theater, airports and others.   Many of them are designed for individual needs to facilitate conversations.

Hearing amplification devices can be in the form of a specialized phone that operates like a regular telephone but has amplification technology so incoming sound is made louder so you can hear.   These phones usually offer other convenient features and are also available as cellular models.  

Other types of hearing devices may include a TV Listener.  This device is a receiver (wireless) that you wear and is connected  to a microphone plugged into the television.   The signal is transmitted to the receiver you are wearing and the sound is delivered to you via headphones or ear buds or similar device you would be wearing.  

This allows you to listen to the TV at a volume that you can hear without actually turning up the television’s volume.

There are several other Assistive Listening Devices available to meet different needs.  Take a look at our selection at our online store for the one that will best suit your situation.

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Related Links:
N I D C D : National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders;  “Assistive Devices for People with Hearing, Voice, Speech, or Language Disorders