Most hearing aid manufacturers offer a line of connectivity devices to enhance hearing aid benefit. There is a wide range of devices, from basic remote controls to Bluetooth (wireless) accessories for TVs and phones. Some hearing aids even communicate directly with smart phones without the need for an intermediate device. To obtain more information, schedule an appointment with an audiologist.
It is important to consider the ability to hear or see alerting devices in one’s home. Alerting devices are available at a variety of retailers and through our office. Examples include: amplified alarm clocks, fire alarms with strobe lighting, and doorbell alerts.
Harris Communications offers a broad selection of assistive devices. Speak with your audiologist before purchasing, as some equipment requires programming adjustments of one’s hearing aids.
Because of the lack of visual cues, many individuals with hearing loss struggle to communicate on the telephone. An amplified telephone allows the user to increase the volume to greater levels than a normal phone. Using speaker phone can also be helpful. For those with greater speech understanding difficulties, a captioned phone may be the best option. A captioned phone uses an attached screen to provide real-time captioning of the dialogue. The written conversation can then be saved or printed. Even voice messages can be captioned.
If you or a loved one is interested in learning more about captioned phones, make an appointment with one of our audiologists. CapTel phones can be provided at NO CHARGE through a Third Party Certification.