Discover the growing selection of options available in the world of hearing loss devices.
Apart from hearing aids, there is a growing selection of hearing loss technology that can help fill in gaps and make daily activities easier. Here are five types of assistive listening devices to consider:
- FM systems
- Infrared systems
- Induction loop systems
- Amplified & captioned telephones
- Alerting devices
Keep reading to learn more about each of these types of hearing loss devices.
1. FM systems
Personal frequency modulation (FM) systems use radio broadcast technology to amplify sounds. Often used in education environments to help students hear their teachers better, FM systems consist of a transmitter microphone used by the person speaking and a portable receiver worn by the user. The transmitter helps reduce background noise, increases clarity, and allows the listener to hear from a distance. You may also find FM systems in movie theaters and other public spaces.
Some current models of FM systems are more compact and include the option to attach directly to hearing aids or cochlear implants. Other receiver types include a neckloop or a body-worn receiver.
2. Infrared systems
Infrared systems use light waves to carry sound. This type of assistive listening device is often used for watching TV or movies in a theater, but you may also find them in courtrooms, art museums, or other public spaces. While these systems can be quite useful, objects or people that come between the listener and emitter can block the signal, which is a factor to keep in mind as you’re considering different assistive listening devices.
3. Induction loop systems
In induction loop systems, a loop of insulated wire is connected to a power source, an amplifier, and a microphone. This system uses an electromagnetic field to carry the sound to the user’s ears and can be modified to fit one person or encircle an entire room. Because the user is not physically connected to the system, these assistive listening devices are quite versatile and mobile. You can find induction loop systems in many public venues like auditoriums, theaters, places of worship, and some public service areas.
4. Amplified & captioned telephones
An amplified telephone is a type of phone designed specifically for people with hearing loss that allows you to turn up the volume on the device to enhance sounds even more than a traditional phone. They can also make it easier to hear high-pitched sounds or sounds at different frequencies.
CapTel captioned telephones can also make conversations over the phone easier. These phones provide captions of everything your caller says to help you catch every word. CapTel phones also include adjustable volume and tone control allowing a person to customize to their specific level of hearing.
5. Alerting devices
Alerting systems are hearing loss devices that are focused on helping you stay connected to your surroundings. They rely on amplified sounds, visual cues, and even vibrations to alert you to sounds in your environment. Some common types of alerting devices include vibrating alarm clocks, doorbell alerts that include a flashing light, and vibrating and flashing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Many of these devices are simple and designed specifically for the home.
People with hearing loss have different hearing needs. Consider whether these assistive listening devices can provide support that works for you. Find out how to get the most out of your assistive listening device on our blog.
To learn how a CapTel captioned telephone can help people with hearing loss stay connected to family and friends, visit CapTel.com.
To find an assistive device that is right for you, check out the different options at Weitbrecht Communications.