This is where assistive listening devices may be of more benefit than a hearing aid. Many clients come to us complaining of the TV and radio being too quiet; or more commonly their spouses bring them in complaining of the TV and radio being too loud!
In most circumstances the later may not be very excepting of a hearing aid, for some it denotes the perception of becoming old, or having a disability. In others as said above the client for a multitude of reasons may not need a hearing aid.
There are many great assistive listening devices now on the market, unfortunately there are also some that don't cut the mustard in our mind. Here we have provided our top 5:
NUMBER 5 - The CL-10 Corded Phone.
Corded phone with adjustable volume up to 28 dB, includes flashing ring indicator. Other features include tone dialling, 3 different ringer levels and melodies as well as being network service compatible.
It's about as simple as it could get with one cable to plug in, large easy to use keys, 3 save able numbers and a slider with 3 choices for volume control.
It works well too, we have one in the office which never leaves it's first volume setting. We especially like the ringer feature, which, with the flick of a switch, allows you to turn off the ringer sound. Great for when we are holding hearing tests (you are still alerted to the call by a flashing LED)
The cost is what really pushes this simple bit of tech into our top 5
Our Price £29.99
NUMBER 4 - CL2L Ringer
- Volume and tone control
- Led flasher
- Outdoor range: 60 meters
- Indoor range: 20 meters
- 3 doorbell melodies
- 3 individual tracking LED
Our price is only £54
NUMBER 3 - CL8300 Mobile Phone
Extra Loud Mobile Phone with volume control up to 45dB
- Volume control (up to a record +45dB)
- Tone control (+/- 10dB)
- Hands free speakerphone
- Visual ringer indicator
- Vibrating alert feature
- Extra loud ring (up to 100dB)
- External boost button on the handset
- Three direct memory buttons
- Extra large black and white display
- Extra large characters (adjustable size and contrast)
- ....and more
Our price, only £105
NUMBER 2 - A200 Headset
The A 200 is a stereo personal sound amplifier for people who may sometimes need to rely on artificial assistance for their hearing. Due to the stereo amplification via two integrated permanently polarised microphones, the user can clearly determine the direction of the sound source. Dynamic headphone transducers ensure a natural and transparent sound reproduction with optimum speech intelligibility.
Great for the localisation of sound, especially in social environments and particularly popular in meetings and seminars due to its portable, wireless nature.
This products sits comfortably at number 2 because of it's functionality. We have fitted hundreds of these products with only good comments.
Particular benefit may be for those whom a hearing aid is just slightly out of their financial reach.
Our price £280
NUMBER 1 - 830-TV
What’s more, the receiver is extremely lightweight and, with its perfect-fitting ear pads, offers maximum comfort when worn. Ergonomic controls and
visual signals for the individual control processes mean that operation of the Set 830-TV couldn’t be easier.
Our number 1 assistive listening product, although named the 830-TV this instrument can be connected to any device with with an audio output, and even numerous devices at once. Functionality and reliability along with great sound puts this device at the top of our list. It's easy to use too, simply placing the headset into your ears turns it on and the large volume control can be used with out looking, giving volume independent of the level the TV is set at. Whats more clients with a unilateral hearing loss can adjust the volume to each ear giving maximum control of sound.
Our price is only £257