Assistive Listening Devices

Man with amplified phone to augment hearing aidsGoing Beyond simple hearing aids — Assistive Listening Devices

Today’s digital hearing aids do an excellent job of helping people hear better in most situations. However, they still do not restore hearing to normal. There are some situations where additional technology may be needed.

Some hearing aid users may continue to have difficulty understanding in a reverberant auditorium, hearing the TV or telephone, attending church, watching a movie, or hearing the smoke alarm, door bell or baby crying.

Young man with hearing aids a in conference roomMany devices are available to help people with all degrees of hearing loss. These devices are called Assistive Listening Devices (ALD’s). They help improve reception of electronic devices and the ability to understand in difficult listening environments.

Assistive Listening Devices are categorized according to the need they address:

    1. Mobile bluetooth Face-to-face communication:
      1. FM receivers
      2. Infra-red systems and
      3. Teleloop systems
    2. Telephone reception:
      1. Telephone amplifiers for standard and wireless telephones
      2. Bluetooth connection to hearing aids
      3. Telecoil adapters
    3. TV listening deviceListening to electronic devices (TV, VCR, CD’s or MP3 players):
      1. TV captioning
      2. Direct audio input (DAI)
      3. Bluetooth See how this works.
    4. Hearing warning sounds and situations:
      Flashing lights, vibrational devices or a loud horn is triggered when environmental sounds are present (ex: doorbell, smoke alarm or baby crying)

FM ALD (Assistive Listening Device)A broad assortment of technology is available to assist you in removing these communication barriers of everyday life. Hearing Solutions in the Triangle can help you determine the hearing system that will work best, based on your unique hearing needs, listening environment and lifestyle.

Consult with our Audiologist, Dr. Anita Carroll who will provide the appropriate recommendations after evaluating your listening environment and personal preferences.

Contact us at 919-968-7556.