2 Ways Assistive Listening Devices Make Everyday Life Easier
“ALDs” is a common abbreviation for assistive listening devices – products which are truly “life enhancing.”
ALDs are important contributors to a superior quality of life for a growing portion of our population.
In general, an ALD is any type of device to help you interact with your environment more effectively.
ALDs can be used with or without hearing aids or other ADA compliant personal systems to overcome the negative effects of distance, background noise, and poor acoustics.
Regardless of your level of hearing loss, assistive listening devices can help overcome hearing impairment in many routine circumstances.
Let me highlight two of the ways in which everyday ALDs can enhance your life.
1. ALDs Make Phone Calls Louder
The most obvious of these devices are telephone assistive devices to amplify the telephone ringer – as well as conversations.
These include ALDs that attach to the handset or the input jack of your existing telephone and amplify sound to personally comfortable levels with built-in volume controls.
Amplified telephones are a great all-in-one solution, and include both wired and cordless models. Cordless models work on different frequencies to match the local console (this is to reduce interference on multiple cordless phones in the same general location).
2. ALDs Sound the Alarm
The second category, alarms, including wake-up alarms, is just what the name implies. I can personally testify to the need for a vigorous wake-up system.
Personal favorite? The vibrating alarm wristwatch wins hands-down (no pun intended). It flashes and vibrates at a pre-set time. No more relying on softly beeping wrist watches!
Of course, nothing quite compares to a super LOUD alarm clock to get you out of bed. For good measure, extra sound sleepers can add a bedshaker to vibrate the mattress when it’s time to get up.
Last but not least – and something that you may overlook until you need it – are alarms for the front door or fire alarms that need to rely on something other than sound.
Current product offerings include doorbell alarms with flashing lights, knock-at-the door vibration sensitive alerting systems, fire alarms and smoke detectors that use bright flashing lights, or room-to-room sound alerting systems.
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