Assistive Listening Devices

Many auditory and non-auditory devices - collectively known as Assistive Technology, Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs), or Hearing Assistance Technology (HAT) - are available to help people with all degrees of hearing loss to meet these important communication needs.   ALDs are for people who have mild hearing loss, but choose not to get a hearing aid as well as for people who need to augment what their hearing aids can do. These devices can be classified according to the need they address. ALD devices are available to facilitate:

• Face-to-face communication
• Reception of electronic media
• Telephone reception
• Reception of important warning sounds and situations

Personal Listening Systems are often used to facilitate face-to-face communication. There are several types of personal listening systems available. All are designed to carry sound from the speaker (or other source) directly to the listener and to minimize or eliminate environmental noises. Some of these systems, such as auditory trainers, are designed for classroom or small group use. Others, such as personal FM systems and personal amplifiers, are especially helpful for one-to-one conversations in places such as automobiles, meeting rooms, and restaurants.

TV Listening Systems interface with electronic media.  These are designed for listening to TV, radio, or stereos without interference from surrounding noise or the need to use very high volume. Models are available for use with or without hearing aids. TV listening systems allow the family to set the volume of the TV, while the user adjusts only the volume of his or her own listening system. 

Hearing aids with direct audio input connections can be connected to the TV, stereo, tape players, microphones, auditory trainers, personal FM systems and other assistive devices.  Wireless FM and Bluetooth connectivity is also available for some televisions, telephones, cell phones, MP3 Players and computers.

With telephones, some hearing aids adapt automatically while other aids need to have their phone program or T-Coil activated manually.  This option is determined by the degree of hearing loss and type of hearing aid being used.  When buying a new phone to use with the hearing aids, you should look for a phone that has a hearing aid rating of M4 or M5.

Our audiologists are available to help you select the most appropriate ALD for your every day hearing needs.








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