Assistive devices are designed for all levels of hearing loss and a variety of listening situations. These devices can be used alone or in conjunction with hearing aids, cochlear implants, and other devices to enhance quality of life.
The following devices are available at Trinity Health:
- Amplified Alarm Clocks have adjustable volumes and can produce a louder alarm than typical alarm clocks.
- Vibrating Alarm Clocks have a portion that can be placed under your pillow to vibrate instead of producing an audible alarm.
- Vibrating Alarm Watches can be set to vibrate and flash as an alarm.
- Alerting Systems can be hooked up to a doorbell, telephone or alarm clock to cause a lamp or strobe light to flash when the doorbell, telephone, alarm clock sounds. Adapters can be attached for baby monitors as well.
- Amplified Telephones are typically available with adjustable volume controls and can produce a louder output than most telephones. North Dakota has state-funded programs that may assist in providing amplified telephones to individuals who need them.
- Telecommunication Device for the Deaf (TTY/TDD) is a telephone system that allows you to type messages back and forth instead of talking and listening. North Dakota has state-funded programs that may assist in providing amplified telephones to individuals who need them.
- Telecommunications Relay Services is a telephone system where a special operator types what is being said so the person with hearing loss can read the words on his or her TTY/TDD display. The individual with hearing loss can type a message back and the relay operator will read this aloud. To find the relay operator’s service number for your area, visit fcc.gov/encyclopedia/trs-state-and-territories
- FM Systems are typically used in the school system to improve the audibility of the teacher’s voice in a classroom for a child with hearing loss. The teacher wears a microphone and the child wears a receiver. FM systems can be used at any age and in any situation where the individual with hearing loss wishes to hear speech better over competing background noise.
- Personal Sound Amplifier (PSAP): The FDA classifies PSAPs as small electronic sound amplifiers, not intended to make up for impaired hearing. Instead, they are intended for non-hearing-impaired consumers to amplify sounds in their environment for a number of reasons, such as for recreational activities.
- TV Listening Systems: TV listening systems allow the user to listen to the TV at a volume that is comfortable without disturbing anyone else. They consist of a transmitter and a receiver. The transmitter connects to the TV and transmits wirelessly to the receiver worn by the listener. There are different types of Bluetooth, infrared, loop and radio frequency technologies available.
- Hearables: Hearables or smart headphones are technically advanced, electronic in-ear-devices designed for multiple purposes ranging from wireless transmission to communication objectives, medical monitoring and fitness tracking.