Assistive Listening Devices
Assistive Listening Devices can help you and your loved ones…
- During face-to-face communication
- For TV, radio, and other entertainment
- Communicate on the telephone
- Be more aware of environmental sounds and alarms
Assistive listening devices (ALDs) refer to various types of amplification equipment designed to improve the communication of persons with hearing loss and to ensure optimal communication when individual hearing aids are not sufficient.
ALDs can be used in several public areas such as churches and theaters or with personal aids for individual use on telephone, small group activity, or television/radio connection. ALDs can also be utilized as simple alerting devices informing hard of hearing individuals of a knock at the door or the cry of a baby. Some examples of ALDs are shown below:
- Personal Sound Amplification Devices
- Amplified Phones
- TV devices
- Alarm Clocks, and door chimes
Wireless technology enables direct communication between hearing aids and smart phones, computers and entertainment devices via Bluetooth. The wireless hearing aids can either be paired directly to an Apple device (if labeled as Made for iPhone™) or be paired with the streamer and then the streamer can be paired with external devices such as TV, cell phone, or remote microphone. Usually the streamer is worn around the neck or placed in a pocket for hands-free operation. Remote microphone systems allow hearing aid users to hear their companions more easily in challenging listening environments. A discreet and lightweight wireless microphone transfers partner’s voice directly to the hearing aids.
Baycrest Hearing Services offers a variety of assistive listening devices and Bluetooth accessories. Our audiologists can help you select the ones that will work best for you and instruct you on how to use them.