Q#4: Do I Have to Get a Hearing Aid?

Updated: Sep 16, 2020

Welcome back to our Hear It All Again series. Sometimes hearing starts to be difficult in certain situations but you're not ready for hearing aids. I happy to tell you there are many useful 'assistive hearing devices' you can get for under $500, with 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. Some are TV only. Others amplify TVs, Radio and other sounds in the room.


Sennheiser RS 2000 TV only for Under $250 and RS 5000 under $400

Sennheiser RS 2000 TV Amplifier

Pocket Talkers

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

The PocketTalker by Williams Sound

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

A wireless amplified telephone for under $200
The Clarity XLC3.4

Phone Amplifiers

Have a corded phone at home?

Add an amplifier to the phone, like this Serene model.

Example: Serene UA-45, under $100

Serene UA-45 amplifier for home phones

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

White Amplified Digital Alarm Clock by Sonic Boom
Sonic Boom Alarm Clock

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, town home etc.) You can also learn about smoke alarms and other safety options at this National Fire Protection Association link.

White, rough strobe light and alarm for fire and CO2 alarms
First Alert's BRK Fire and CO2 Alarm with Strobe Light



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.

Black Caption Call phone showing large screen display
Caption Call Phone with Display


Additional Resources

Blog Post. Q1 Do I Need a Hearing Test?

Blog Post. Q2 How Do I Find a Trusted Professional?

Blog Post. Q3 Hear Aid Styles and Costs

Printable. 2 Minute hearing Self Test. Do I Need a Professional Hearing Test?

HIAA Hearing Self Test
Download PDF • 146KB

Printable. Key Take-Aways for this Post. Hearing Devices Under $500.

HIAA4 Hearing Devices Under 500
Download PDF • 161KB

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.

Hear it all again! Starting here.


Lori Cunningham, MA, Aud (C), RAUD