Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)
HearCare Rhode Island offers assistive listening devices for patients who need further amplification in certain environments. Though hearing aids do wonders for people who are hard of hearing, some situations may be a little more challenging than others. Even with a hearing aid, spaces with poor acoustics, particularly busy or crowded businesses, large auditoriums and movie theaters, and buzzing transportation hubs might be obstacles to clear channels of sound amplification for people who wear hearing aids. In these instances, assistive listening devices (ALD) provide extra support. ALDs increase the performance of hearing aids by distilling the sounds people prefer to hear from the noisy environment they may find themselves.
Assistive Listening Device Options
Infrared and FM TV Listening Devices
Infrared TV listening devices use light-based technology, while FM TV listening devices use radio broadcast technology to deliver clear sounds to your ears. Infrared systems are more private, as they do not pass through walls and cannot be picked up by other radio signals, while FM TV listening devices are more commonly used in public spaces. Both devices can be attached to the TV and come with components for you to wear on your body or to place near you to amplify sound.
Amplified and Captioned Telephones
Captioned phones from CaptionCall and CapTel are offered free to the public with the necessary certification paperwork from our office. When you receive a phone call, these phones provide you with real-time captions on a screen as you speak to the person on the other end. Some captioned phones have the capability of saving previous conversations, as well as phone numbers.
Other Assistive Listening Devices
We offer vibrating alarm clocks as well as alerting devices for telephone ring, doorbell and smoke alarms. Read more below about the specific products we have at our practice.
Sonic Boom Alarm Clock (model SBA475) with vibrator: This alarm clock has the ability to connect to your bed to shake you awake, and is also equipped with flashing lights and a loud, adjustable sound. Its analog interface makes it easy to set the time you want to wake up, and to also easy to read.
CaptionCall Phone: CaptionCall phones offer a 7” screen with adjustable text sizes, saved captions from previous conversations, and easily customizable audio for your ringer and volume for your headset. There is a telecoil loop option if your hearing aid is equipped with a telecoil, which delivers sound from the phone directly to your ear, rather than through a handset.
CapTel Phone: CapTel phones have a large, color display screen, which increases text readability, and has a 40 decibel range of amplification to meet your hearing needs. CapTel offers various sizes of traditional phones, as well as a mobile option.
Serene Innovations Renew Hearing Aid Dryer and Freshener: This portable device dries and freshens up your hearing aids by removing moisture and condensation. Using a UV light, the Renew kills off bacteria that may cause irritation in your ears, without the use of harsh chemicals. It is compatible with rechargeable hearing aid batteries, which will save you money on replacing batteries monthly, and it will also save the environment from battery waste. This device fits two hearing aids.
Serene Innovations SoundBox Wireless Speaker: This wireless speaker works independently from your TV speakers and has its separate volume adjustments. With the simple installation of an adaptor into the back of your TV, the wireless technology will deliver high-fidelity, clear sound directly to your ears. You can move about the house with the light-weight wireless speaker, with batteries that last up to 8 hours. The SoundBox features voice enhancing technology and life-like sound.
Sennheiser Model 840 TV/Stereo Listening Headphones: Using an FM transmission system, the Sennheiser TV/Stereo Listening Headphones are easily activated with the push of a button. Sound will be delivered directly to your ears, and the signal is so strong that you can hear it from different rooms of your house.