What Other Devices are Available Besides Hearing
difficultly listening to the TV.
There are infrared devices that can bring the sound of the TV directly
to your ears. These devices use the same mechanism as your remote
control, an infrared light, to deliver information. A transmitter is
connected to the TV and the listener wears a headset to receive the
signal. Sound can still be heard through the TV’s normal speakers,
allowing others in the room to enjoy the show with you.
Closed Captioning is also available on most TV programs.
I have difficultly communicating
on the phone.
The Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc. offers a free amplified
telephone to individuals who have a documented hearing loss. They
offer standard corded telephones, cordless telephones, and CapTel
telephones for individuals with severe to profound hearing impairment.
A CapTel telephone allows the speaker to talk and receive the
information both auditorily and visually when the received speech is
available in a text box. Forms are often available at your
audiologists office, so ask about this service!
I have difficultly talking
one-on-one in noisy environments, like restaurants.
There are FM devices that can bring the person’s voice
directly to your ear and help reduce background noise. With an FM
device, the talker wears a small microphone. Their voice is then sent
via radio waves to a receiver that you are wearing and plays the sound
through headphones. Some hearing aids are compatible with an FM boot,
in which case, you as the listener, wouldn’t have to wear anything
I have difficulty communicating in the car.
An FM System will allow you greater ease of communication in the car.
As hearing aids are becoming more and more advanced, there are greater
capabilities available including better communication abilities in the
car. Also, alert your car mates that it is difficult for you to hear
in the car so they should get your attention before speaking. It is
also more beneficial for you to be able to see their face, so you
might not want to drive.
I have difficulty hearing my
Alarm clocks are available that have an amplified and/or low-frequency
alarm to effectively wake you. Certain alarm clocks can also be
connected to a light source and/or a vibrating disc placed under your
pillow or mattress
I have difficulty hearing the doorbell and
Flashing lights, amplified signals, personal vibrating pagers,
vibrating discs, and more can be connected to certain doorbells and
telephones to notify and alert you. These alerts can also be connected
to knock sensors to notify you of someone knocking at the door.
I have difficulty hearing at
Again, an FM system is optimal to enhance the speech signal. Some
places of worship have an FM, Induction, or Infra-Red system set up
already, so be sure to ask about one.
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