Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)

There are many different types of Assistive Listening Devices available to help people with all degrees of hearing loss. These devices can help facilitate improved face-to-face communication, reception of electronic media, telephone reception, and reception of important warning sounds and situations.

ALDS are not just for people with hearing aids. People with all degrees and types of hearing loss – even people with normal hearing can benefit from assistive devices. Some assistive listening devices are used with hearing aids, and some are used without hearing aids.

Signaling systems

  • Alarm clocks and alarm clock systems: Wake up at the right time, when traveling or at home.
  • Alarm watches: A vibrating/flashing alarm watch that uses a beep alarm or vibration to get your attention.
  • Light and vibration alert units: Converts acoustic signals from various output devices (telephone, doorbell etc.) into visible or tactile signals (flashing lights or a vibrating unit).
  • Radio receivers: For people on the move – so that you know what’s happening at home, no matter where you are.
  • Smoke detectors: 90dB horn gives early notification of the presence of smoke where both audible and visual alarms (strobe light) are required.

Amplifier units

  • Cordless sound transmission system: Can be used with or without a hearing aid.
  • Universal amplifier: This versatile accessory can be used to increase the volume of alarm clock signals or consumer electronics products.
  • Ring loop system: Gives you wide-range sound amplification for TV, radio or headphones.
  • Communication amplifier: Amplification for those who have a hearing impairment and don’t use a hearing aid.
  • Amplified Electronic Stethoscope: Provides up to 24x sound amplification compared to standard non-electronic stethoscopes. Reduces 85% of unwanted background noise.

Telephone equipment

  • Telephone amplifier: Makes speaking and listening on the telephone easy, wherever you are.
  • Telephones with hearing aid amplifier: Specially designed for people who wear a hearing aid. Includes optional emergency call facility and visual signals.
  • Text telephones: Compact and easy to operate, for mobile or stationary use.

Video equipment

  • Subtitle decoder: For those who are completely deaf or whose hearing is severely impaired.

At ChEARS Hearing Center we will help you select the best system, or combination of systems, based on your own unique communication needs and lifestyle.