Hear It All Again Question #4: Do I have to get a hearing aid?
Updated: Dec 30, 2019
Not always! There are many assistive hearing devices you can get for under $500, many are under $300, and some under $100.
Useful devices when you’re not ready for a hearing aid.
Assistive hearing devices can make a real difference to your quality of life and relationships. There are too many to list them all, but here are some I like to show my clients.
List prices are all under $500, many under $300 and some under $100. Actual prices often vary significantly by seller. I recommended going online to find the best deal.
TV, Radio, Music Amplifiers
TV, radio, stereo too loud for the family?
Consider a TV Sound Amplifier.
This dual function model amplifies other sounds in the room like voices.
Sennheiser A200, under $400
Have better conversations at home or when you’re out and about!
Consider portable pocket talkers like those by Williams Sound.
Example: Williams Sound Pocketalker 2.0, under $500
Amplified Cordless Phones
It’s hard to hear well if you can’t see the face of the person you’re talking to!
Try an amplified phone like this wireless model by Clarity.
Example: Clarity XLC3.4, under $200
Have a corded phone at home?
Add an amplifier to the phone, like this Serene model.
Example: Serene UA-45, under $100
Amplified Alarm Clock
Even if you have hearing aids, you’re not likely to wear them in bed.
Consider alarms clocks like those by Sonic Alert.
Example: Sonic Boom Alarm Clock, Under $100
Home Safety and Other Devices
Ask your hearing professional if they can recommend other types of devices like portable door bells or smoke alarms with strobe lights.
Ask your fire department which smoke and CO2 alarms are most suitable for your type of home (house, apartment, townhome etc.) You can also learn about smoke alarms and other safety options at this National Fire Protection Association link.
Free in the United States: Caption Call Phone and iPad App
In the US, go to Captioncall.com. Learn how it works and how to qualify for a free CaptionCall phone.
This concludes are four part series Hear it all again! If you're still investigating your options in the future, do check back in to see if we have any updates.
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Lori Cunningham, MA, Aud (C), RAUD