Hearing Aid Compatible Assistive Listening Devices

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Hearing Aid Compatible Assistive Listening Devices

Admitting you have a hearing problem can be a challenge for some people. No one wants to admit they are losing their hearing. Some people take it as another sign they are growing older. Growing older is hard enough without the challenges of hearing loss.

You have people telling you the sound is too loud when you can barely hear anything. There is hope though, and that hope comes in the form of an ALS (Assisted Listening Device).

Sometimes it is a challenge to rely on something to make you hear things. You get used to being self-reliant. That is why we have some FAQ’s that you can read over to make your life a lot easier.

1) What Does an ALS Do?

n ALS is a listening device that amplifies the sound, bringing it directly into your ears. It also helps with separating speech patterns. An ALS will help improve your noise to sound ration. In other words, an ALS will drown out the noise, by reducing what you do not want to hear and increasing what you do.

2)Why Is It Necessary?

As we age, sometimes our abilities to hear something decreases. We oftentimes have to tell others to repeat themselves. Someone with hearing loss needs between 15-25 DB to hear what people with normal hearing already do.

These devices help you achieve that goal without making it harder for others. You do not have to ask someone to turn the tv up anymore. An ALS will allow you to hear the sound from the tv without inconveniencing anyone else.

3)What About People Who Are 100% Deaf?

An ALS can be used by anyone regardless of the level of hearing loss. The device options available range between mild and very profound. The reason that some over-the-counter hearing aids do not work as they are supposed to be that they have limitations. There is a big difference between a hearing aid and an assisted listening device.

These devices will stretch even the smallest ear and make it so you can hear anything, including a pin drop. My sister has one. She can hear the smallest sound when her aids are in. You may even find the person asking you to turn your voice or the volume down instead of up. That is how profound these things are.

4)What Else Do People Use Them For, Other Than Hearing Loss?

Some use them to override the bad acoustics that interferes with their hearing. Some use the devices as a bridge between the sound and the person who cannot hear anything. They are used for concerts and other entertainment sources. You might even see your co-workers use them in the office.

Yes, they are primarily for those with hearing loss, but they can also be used by those with regular hearing.

5)What Is an FM System? I Heard Someone Mentioning It

The FM system is a smaller version of the ALS. A lot of people use them on radio broadcasting and musicians use them too. They offer more mobility especially concerning transmitters.

The Different Types Of ALS

As we said, there are different options for people who suffer from some kind of hearing loss.

1) There are the assisted listening devices for the tv. These are primarily for people who have trouble hearing what is on the TV (even when the volume is at normal speed). Sometimes increasing the volume does not help because it makes everything sound more distorted. Watching your favorite program becomes more difficult and less fun. You can find options under TV ALDS or TV Ears.

2) There are alerting devices, which help to keep you safe if you are alone. Some options available include the vibrating alarm clocks.

3) There is an option called the “hearing loss vibrating phone”. It makes talking on the phone easier knowing you can hear what the other person says. This option is great if you spend more than half of your life talking on the phone.

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