From Hearing Aids To Vibrating Baby Monitors – How To Stay In Touch While Dealing With Hearing Loss
If you are just starting to lose your hearing, or you are looking after someone who is beginning to suffer from hearing loss, you may not know about all the different kinds of technology that is available to help make life easier.
Maybe you’re picturing one of those big old fashioned hearing aids, the ones with the wire that looks like a telephone cord?
Well, the good news is that technology has come a long way, and there are all sorts of equipment to help with the day to day, far beyond the hearing aids themselves. Let’s run through a list of options.
Alarms, Clocks And Monitors
When you start to lose your hearing, it’s perfectly normal to start to worry about how different parts of your life will be affected, but you should know that there are plenty of pieces of kit out there can help make sure that everything keeps ticking along as normal.
For example, a vibrating watch and alarm clock will make sure that you don’t get out of step with your normal routine, and a vibrating doorbell will cut out any chance of you missing house calls. For new parents, there are vibrating baby monitors so you can sleep soundly knowing that you won’t miss a cry, and there are even vibrating fire alarms which you can install to be on the safe side. For a range of options and more information, you can look at the hearing aids from Audilo. They also offer equipment to help maintain hearing aids and make them more comfortable. Speaking of hearing aids…
There are a number of different types of hearing aids, and the right one for you or your loved one may depend on both the type of hearing loss and how visible you (or they) are comfortable with them being. For example, the most common type is the Behind The Ear (BTE), which are the easiest to use and come in a range of colours, but anyone looking for a device which is less visible should perhaps look at a Receiver In The Ear or In The Ear hearing aid, which are significantly less visible but fiddlier to use.
Devices that are completely in the ear or ear canal are often not suitable for those with severe hearing loss, and people who have suffered a loss of hearing in just one ear may prefer a CROS/BiCROS device which picks up sound in one ear and sends it to the other.
Telephones And Mobile Phones
Keeping in touch and staying connected has been one of the things that has kept us all going over the last twelve months, and this can feel like a particularly lonely time to be losing your hearing. This is where an amplified telephone or cell phone can come in handy.
Their amplified volume means that you won’t miss a word, and you can choose your decibel level to suit you. If you’re looking for something to help your hearing-impaired elderly relative keep in touch, a senior telephone is easy to use, and there are senior flip-phones and senior smartphones out there too.