Assistive listening devices (ALDs) are accessories that help you hear in particular listening situations such as when you are on the telephone, watching TV or when you are asleep. Your hearing healthcare professional can offer you advice on which ALDs will work best for your specific needs and hearing loss.
Safety and alerting systems enhance your awareness of environmental (typically household) sounds. Smart Alert™ System is an integrated hearing and alerting system that allows doorbell, telephone and smoke detectors to wirelessly send visual and vibration alerts to a remote control and beep alerts to your hearing instruments.
Special telephones with built-in amplification as well as devices for listening more effectively on a cell phone are available. For those that find listening on the telephone challenging even with amplification, individuals could consider cell phone texting as an alternative.
Auditory assistive listening devices (ALDs) often use remote microphones to connect directly to a sound source (such as a TV, DVD or MP3 player). They bring sounds you want to hear directly to your hearing instruments. Auditory ALDs, such as FM systems or loop systems, require hearing instruments to be equipped with telecoil or direct audio input (DAI).