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Assistive Hearing Devices

An alternative or enhancement to hearing aids can include Assistive Listening Devices.

For someone with a hearing loss, your hearing aid may still struggle in demanding environments. Background noise in work and social environments can limit the effectiveness of hearing aids. There are some effective listening devices that can add clarity to everyday situations.

Telephone

Telephone devices amplify the ring of the telephone and have a volume control to increase the loudness of the incoming voice.
Induction loops minimise background noise and improve the clarity of incoming voice.
Induction loops TTY (teletypewriters) are text-based devices enabling people with a severe or profound hearing loss to communicate via the telephone line.

Television

Earphones/headphones plug directly into TVs with an earphone socket and make it easier when watching TV alone.
Television amplifiers can be used with or without hearing aids and do not require an earphone socket. They do not affect the volume of the TV when others are watching. A small microphone is attached to the TV speaker using velcro and is connected by a wire to a set of earphones or to a neckloop that transmits the signal to your hearing aid.

Induction loops for hearing aid wearers eliminate background noise and improve the clarity of sound. Neckloop devices are used in conjunction with the telecoil on hearing aids and transmit sound from the TV to the induction coil in the hearing aid.

Infrared systems, with no cords to trip on, transmit invisible light to a receiver worn around the neck. The system can be connected to headphones or to an induction loop for use both with or without a hearing aid. An infrared system can be coupled to a TV, radio and stereo simultaneously. The listener can move from one to the other without having to reconnect. An infrared system can have an alerting facility to let the listener know if the phone or the door bell rings.

Teletext decoders are built into TVs and video cassette recorders.

Music and other entertainment

Induction Loops can also be used to listen to personal stereos, iPods or MP3 players.

Alert systems

Alerts for the door including a flashing light to indicate someone is at the door.
For the phone - a teleflash with a high intensity warning light and an extra loud sounder for the phone warns you about incoming calls.
Vibrating devices are commonly used to wake people in the morning.
Safety - a remote control flashing signaller indicates that there is smoke in the house.

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Neckloop Kit

Not quite ready for a hearing aid, but having a hard time communicating in noisy situations or one-on one? Do you have a hearing aid, but it's just not enough in some situations?

Comfort Duett is a small, easy-to-use, rechargeable, personal assistive listening device with superior sound. Use it with earphones in place of a hearing aid, or with an induction neckloop (included), to amplify conversations and sounds from a variety of sources like the TV, radio, telephone, etc.